Wow I can’t believe my little girl is 3 months old, well as this post is a little late almost 4 months actually. Emilia has been in our lives for almost 16 weeks now and I couldn’t imagine life without her in it.
The first few days and weeks are all a bit of a blur.
Constant cycles of feeding, sleeping (or not) and nappy changing. We were still in such a mess with our house I was often confined to our bedroom upstairs. It was tough but we got through it. We were so lucky to have so much support from family, with either my mum or my sister being with me most days. I found those first few weeks really tough. I had issues with breastfeeding (I’ll write more about that soon) and the relentlessness of a newborn is something you can never be prepared for. That coupled with the lack of sleep means your emotions are all over the place.
As the weeks and months pass it slowly became easier, getting out is enjoyable and less of a battle and seeing Emilia progress makes it all worthwhile.
Emilia is doing amazing, but then I would say that wouldn’t I.
She is so strong and loves to sit up with our support, she has also started to roll onto her side. It won’t be long before she’s on the move. She chats all day long and her little personality is really shining through. Seeing her interacting with her toys is just the cutest thing, and when she giggles my heart melts. I’m trying to introduce lots of sensory play to her, and she loves lights. We go to Baby Sensory once a week and I’ve got lots of toys to help her development. But my water bottle is still her favourite. Babies eh!
It’s not all plain sailing however and I still have hard days.
After settling down from the newborn days we realised Emilia was not getting enough daytime sleep and I am now obsessed with getting her to nap. It can be such a battle sometimes it’s heartbreaking. But I think we’ve made some progress recently and she has 3 good naps. We have had a bedtime routine with Emilia for a while now, and I’m so lucky that Danny takes the lead. It’s bath, book, bottle and bed. And we generally get her down around 7pm ready for us to have some dinner and relax for a bit. Her nighttime sleeping is still a bit hit and miss but generally we get 11/12 hours from her with a couple of wakes for food. We have however hit leap 4 recently and the 4 month sleep regression so nighttime is tough. It feels like having a newborn again.
Having a baby is one of the most challenging but rewarding things in the world. For every tough moment there are thousands of happy times. Emilia is my world and I can’t wait to see how she grows.