So, the Little Moore is 6 weeks old today, and hasn’t time flown by! Someone said to me recently that nothing makes time speed up like having a baby, and man were they right.
I thought I’d share some of the highs & lows of the first six weeks of his life. Obviously I’m very happy and love the little monster immensely, but I can’t pretend everything is easy either. But we’ll start with the lows so we can end on a high 🙂
- After birth pain – I found it hard to even walk around for about the first week as everything was so sore. Even sitting down was painful, so I could never really get comfortable. Luckily that’s cleared up now, but it was pretty unpleasant.
- Lack of sleep – this has to be one of the worst things. I expected it, of course, but I don’t think anything can really prepare you for it. Little Moore used to just switch on at night and keep us awake with his noises, or he’d be waking up to feed every hour. While it’s settling down now, I’m still struggling to get by on less sleep than I’m used to. But everyone keeps telling me it gets better.
- Nathan going back to work – this made me really sad, for him because I know he’d rather be at home with us and feels like he’s missing out, and for me too, as it’s easier when there’s two of us on duty. Luckily he only works four days a week, so at least we have three at home as a family.
- Breastfeeding – this is kind of a high too, because I love feeding him now, but we have had some problems with painful feeding. It’s also hard when you’re the only one who can provide this, but again it’s something that’ll get easier as he gets older.
- His face – seriously, he pulls the most hilarious expressions. I’ve wasted hours just staring at the weird faces he pulls.
- Maternity leave – while paternity leave is pants, as mentioned above, I really appreciate that I can take so much time off to look after him. I know other countries get a lot less, so I appreciate this time with him. I still worry it’s going too fast and dread going back to work, but I’m trying to push it aside and just enjoy the time I have.
- Baby clothes – there are so many cute outfits, I just love getting him dressed every day. The sad thing is I know he’s going to grow out of them so fast – I’ve already had to put away the newborn size as they don’t fit anymore – but we have plenty of older outfits I can’t wait for him to grow into.
- His noises – in the last couple of weeks he’s really found his voice, and the little gurgles and coos he makes never fail to make me smile.
And to finish off, here’s one of my favourite pictures of the Little Moore – he’s growing up with a couple of nerds for parents so a Legend of Zelda outfit was essential.