I recently blogged about how J was getting on with being a big brother and how he had ‘improved’ since N was born. Every day he is just becoming more & more loving towards him, and it really makes my heart melt and brings a tear to my eye.
He still helps me with N – with nappy changes and getting him dressed etc. – but he is becoming so much more affectionate and sympathetic towards him too.
He has recently started giving him proper cuddles, arms round him and everything – he has never done this before. He doesn’t realise his own strength though and I sometimes have to tell him to be a little more gentle!
He really wants to pick him up too as he has seen me & Daddy doing it, but he’s still a bit little for that and he would drop him! When one of us goes to pick him up, he tries to as well.
When N is sick I usually say something along the lines of “Oh dear Noah”, and now J says it before me saying “Oh dear No No” in the cutest voice – that’s his cute nickname for him and it’s kind of sticking!
The last couple of weeks, J has also started trying to have a conversation with N. N smiles and coos at him, and it is just incredible to watch my boys bonding with each other. N really loves him. When J is playing or having one of his silly moments, N sits (on my knee of course!) and chuckles at him, it just really melts my heart and makes me all fuzzy inside.
N had his first visit to baby group at one month old, though he slept the whole time whilst his brother played! He was in the sling though which explains it, he could sleep forever in there.
He also had his first visit to the doctors! For a few days he had a white tongue, at first I thought it was just deposited milk but after trying to remove it, it wouldn’t come off. It turned out he had a case of thrush, poor baby. We got some medication and it cleared up pretty quickly, within a couple of days.
We had our first proper smile from him around 5.5 weeks. A truly magical moment; I’m loving all these early life first moments again!
N has now been in his cot since he was around 6 weeks old (a lot earlier than we moved J into his). He just wouldn’t settle in his Moses basket and we thought as he loves to co-sleep he may prefer the cot – he was growing out of his basket already anyway! He also loves to sleep on his front. He stays asleep much longer and is much happier. He still co-sleeps at some point nearly every night though!
He ‘celebrated’ his first Easter by being dressed up!
As well as his first GP visit, he also had his first visit to A&E – don’t worry, it was only the out of hours doctor! He had been suffering with very runny poops for a few days – literally every nappy was just like poopy water (sorry!) and he had started to seem a bit under the weather in himself, not drinking much. We rang NHS Direct who sent us up to the hospital just to get him checked over as the emergency doctor was worried about dehydration. Everything seemed OK though and we just had to take a poop sample to the GP – typically his poop went back to normal the next day!
Another day and another visit to the GP for his vaccinations.
I think N has much more sensitive skin than his brother, as he also came down with a bad case of nappy rash around the same time as the thrush. It was absolutely red raw. Sudocrem wasn’t really doing anything so we tried Metanium. That cleared it up quite a lot but it was still lingering. In the end we got a prescription for some cream from the GP and it has pretty much done the job now, but the poor little man had to suffer with it for a while.
I mentioned briefly in his 1 month update that we had his first coo. We are getting a lot more now, and even some attempted giggles!
N turned 8 weeks old on Saturday, so yesterday he was booked in to have his first lot of vaccinations. As I did with J, I was dreading it, though I think they upset me more!
First though we had to see the doctor for his check up. When I laid him on the couch for her she exclaimed “He’s tall isn’t he!” as he filled the whole width! He is tall though, just like his Daddy and big brother. She was happy with everything and how he is growing, though she said she was going to give me a prescription for a cream (Timodine cream) for his nappy rash which won’t seem to disappear (and another prescription for Calpol to give him after his injections). When she’d finished we went back to sit down at her desk whilst she filled his red book in, and he started crying a little so I cuddled him to get him to sleep as he was tired. She said “Are you sure he isn’t hungry?” and I replied that he was just tired as he’d only just been fed, but then she said it again so I got his bottle out just to satisfy her (groan). As expected though, he just pushed it away! I cuddled him some more and he quietened down and started closing his eyes. “Oh you were right” she said, “It seems Mum’s really do know best”; – yes they do, fancy that!
We had to go and wait back out in reception before his injections as the nurse was still with someone else. He was asleep so I was hoping that he wouldn’t really notice when she put the needle in. Before she gave his injections in his legs, she gave him an oral liquid – this was new to me as it was only introduced last year so J never had it (the same with the Calpol prescription). He wasn’t keen at first and crinkled his face but then he must have thought it was food and he complied! Then it was time for his legs. I’d dressed him in a loose legged romper so I didn’t have to disturb him too much afterwards. I held him to me and in went the needle – he really did not like it, poor baby! I soothed him though whilst she prepared the second one and he calmed down. Then came the next one. He screamed so much more than with the first one and it did bring a tear to my eye. He wouldn’t settle so I gave him his bottle and he eventually calmed down and went back to sleep.
When we got home I gave him some Calpol when he woke up as he was fairly grumpy. He slept most of the day but had perked up a bit by evening and was giving me lots of smiles and chatter. Today he has slept a lot though so they must kicking in again.
Now I will just await the appointment for his next ones…
So it’s time for the first of little man N’s monthly updates (a little lot later than planned…)! I can honestly say that time is going much quicker this time – probably because I’m constantly on the go!
We managed to get him registered the week after he was born – so he is officially NWJG! I’d forgotten how lovely it was to make them all official.
N was breastfed for the first four weeks – he also had some formula during this time meaning he became a proper little chunk. He only lost 4 oz in his first 5 days. At his 10 day check he had gained that back plus another 6 oz. I was very proud of this considering our feeding problems as in this time he only had breast milk. He weighed 10 lbs at one month old – his birth weight was 7lb 6oz.
He is a hungry little man just like his brother was. He has been doing the ‘norm’ for a baby of this age though feeding every 2 hours, sometimes less.
Also just like his brother, he is not a huge fan of sleeping in his own bed. He did sleep in his Moses basket on his first night and then as we were in hospital on nights 2 & 3 he slept in the cot there, but since then he has co-slept pretty much every night since. He’s just a baby that loves snuggles.
We had our first go at baby-wearing at 2 weeks old and he very much liked it. I started much earlier this time than I did with J as by the time I got around to it with him, he hated it and would just scream when I wrapped him.
He seems to be doing things sooner than his brother did as we had his first coo out of him at 3 weeks old! Lots of windy smiles too, but oh so cute. Roll on the first proper smile!