Its been a bit of a 2 steps forward, 1 step back week. We worked out that Hamish has improved considerably at breast feeding. Hoorah! But we'd kept feeding him as much formula and it had been making him feel ill. hooroo. So we cut back to just breast feeding, hooray! But it wasn't quite enough so he was not sleeping for very long, hooroo. Its tricky trying to get the amounts right - you might think that babies will only eat until they are full and then stop, but that turns out not to be the case, and Hamish will keep eating until it runs out his nose. Lungs... filling... with... milk....
There's been some very restless periods and a couple of very special late nights where screaming was the order of the day. Er, night. I really wish that there were more obvious tells for what specific things were wrong - is it a headache, sore bowels, wet nappy, hungry, Sunday's hot weather?? Especially when its a combination. On the plus side, I got to watch THEM
, the 1950s giant atomic ant movie when it was on SBS at 1am... wait... that's a plus?
We went along to Hamish's cousin's 2nd birthday on Sunday and he got ooed and ahhed at while he was asleep and cute. I don't think Calum quite believes that Hamish is the same baby as was in Liz's belly, and looking at the size of him, I don't blame Calum. We also had a few folks come and visit during the week, including benji_w
and Ainsley, and impish
, Lee and Simone (who reassured us that it does get a bit more coherent before long) as well as Thomas or "lil Peter".
Hamish seems to be getting some motor control over his hands, which has its up and down sides - more grabbing of random bits of his parents, but also less smacking himself in the face and looking afronted. More ability to put his hands in his mouth, which is moderatly hilarious - the sound of him sucking on them is like the worst bath-draining sound you can imagine. I've been trying to get an idea of when various parts of his brain come online, but a lot of the literature has either a "its 6 months to 12, but sometimes its only after 3 weeks, or they skip that bit" which is verging on useless; or "don't worry about it, your baby will develop at their own pace", which is a lovely sentiment, but I am just after a rough idea when he'll poke my eyes out rather than his own, not freaking out that he's not proceeding at the exactly correct rate. As it is, I suspect he'll be the first baby to be able to stand up on his own without being able to hold his own head up.
So... overall, there is progress but don't be too surprised if I (or goldengrove
) vague out at you if you see us in person :)