Andee Rae – 10 Week update

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How is our teeny tiny little baby 10 weeks old already!? And let me tell you she is not so teeny tiny anymore either! They really aren’t little for long and the cutesy, cuddly newborn stage comes and goes far far too quick! Not that I’m not enjoying her grow; It’s been wonderful experiencing all of the precious first moments again and I can’t wait for all the firsts still to come. Seeing her smile for the first time was just beauts and since she’s started she smiles constantly; watching her eyes light up and that little grin spread across her beautiful face is truly heart melting. She is so fascinated with everything at the moment too and watches us all (especially Ava) so avidly. She’s also just started doing mini little giggles this past week and my word, that sound! Utter utter perfection!!
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All in all she’s doing great. Her weight is soaring! (and I truly mean soaring!) She was 13lbs, 3oz at her last weigh in. Almost a stone! A STONE! she has rolls upon rolls upon rolls and her chunky little thighs are to die for. It makes me so proud when we take her in for her weight checks that she is doing so well. She is boob obsessed though, as was Ava and is most definitely getting all she needs (and then some!). She’s great at sleeping too and I’m getting at least 8 hours sleep at night so I definitely can’t complain. She’s sleeping 3-4 hour stretches between feeds now but seen as though we co-sleep and she is right by my side all night I’m barely disturbed when she does route for me in the night. I remember this time with Ava all too well before we decided to co-sleep with her. I was just in a constant state of sleep-deprived eughness and if I got 4 hours in total I remember thinking that was great. But co-sleeping is a true god-send, especially for someone who LOVES to sleep. And everything is better with sleep, EVERYTHING.

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Ava has been a doll with her. Their bond just gets deeper and deeper everyday and watching them together makes my heart burst. Ava adores her, truly, and dotes on her every move. I always find her at Andee’s side in her rocker or when she’s on her mat and she’s forever whispering the most adorable things in her ear. She tells her she’s her best friend constantly, that she can’t wait till Andee can play with her. She shares all her toys with her, making sure to show Andee everything she does or any toys she’s playing with. If Andee is upset she is straight by her side shushing her and saying ‘it’s ok Andee, I’m here Andee, I’m here.’ She loves the responsibility of being an elder sister and watching over her. It is just too cute! It took her a few weeks to really start interacting properly but now she is, Ava is totally smitten. I’m so so excited to watch them grow together.

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The girls in their adorable Born Savage tees ❤

IMG_2787The main difference this time around is just how busy we all are. It’s crazy having two. I think back to what I used to do all day long when Ava was a little babe and I honestly cannot remember doing anything. I think I just sat around pretty much doing nothing all day long apart from sitting, staring for hours at this amazing little human that had suddenly entered our lives. Where as this time there is zero time for sitting down 🙂 ZERO. But, Andee has slotted in perfectly and nothing seems to fazes her. She has such a calm temperament; when we were in Portugal last week I was so incredibly anxious about travelling with her so young and disturbing her routine, but she was not fazed one bit.

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It’s funny seeing her personality coming through and she is so different to Ava already, even though they look so alike. Andee is, so far, super chilled, very content, loves watching everything, LOVES to sleep (no bad thing), hates people invading her space (this is the opposite of Ava; you could smother her with kisses and cuddles all day long) and she has a little fiery temper that comes out on occasion (if every evening means on occasion ;)) if she doesn’t get her own way (mainly if your not standing up rocking her!). My moby wrap is a godsend for this as she really does not like to be put down, and it means I can still get everything done that I need to. It’s also her favourite place to be all snuggled up close to Mama<3IMG_1306I haven’t had any time off work this time either and am lucky to work for the most amazing company in the WHOLE WORLD ❤ which allows me to work wherever, whenever so I can fit it in around Ava being at nursery and Hubby being off work. He is so great with them both and I have no worries at all leaving him to look after them. He is seriously going to have his hands full as they get older. I have no doubt Andee will be just as much of a Daddy’s girl as Ava and did you ever meet two girls who weren’t completely Daddy obsessed!

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This girl has smiles and giggles all day long but as soon as I point the camera her way she immediately turns all serious.

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OUR BABY GIRL! <3

IMG_0677Andee Rae
8lbs 4oz
7th April 2015
12:43am

SHE’S HERE!! Finally! And she is everything! A perfect little bundle of happiness ❤
Apologies for the super late post and thank you to everyone for all the love on Instagram and facebook these past weeks.

Little Andee kept us waiting and was a whole week late! Needless to say Hubby and I were going out of our minds! The delivery was super quick (like an hour and a half quick!!) and everything went perfectly. I am planning to share my birth story soon but need to find the time to sit and write it. Time is just flying already, I’ve no idea where the past 2 weeks have gone. It feels like she only just got here and I know she’ll be running around before we know it.

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Ava has been just angelic with her. It melts my heart to see how she dotes on her, she’s constantly giving her kisses and cuddles and she watches her in absolute amazement. It’s wonderful seeing her taking it all in; being a big sister suits her no end and I cannot wait to watch them grow up together. And of course she got the girl she so desperately wanted so we avoided the tantrums on that one 😉
Behaviour wise for us though things have got cray-zay around here! She’s definitely adjusting and my goodness the tantrums have come in thick and fast since Andee’s arrival. We did expect it and fingers crossed it will be short lived. I’m just trying to be as calm and reasonable with her as I can right now. Which, since the Hubby went back to work this week, has been challenging at times for sure 😉

IMG_9931This little cherub had been amazing so far! We’re all still in a bit of a newborn bubble right now, but slowly things are returning to normal. Visits from friends and family have died down a little and with the husband back at work, we’re slowly adjusting to daily life just the three of us. Some days are tough for sure and the best diet advise I’ve ever heard is to have two children! You literally do not have time to eat! There is just not enough time in the day right now to get everything done. But I definitely can’t complain, I get at least 8 hours of sleep a night (co-sleeping advocate over here) and she is such a content little thing. She’s still in the sleep all day and all night faze which makes getting work and things done pretty easy at least and feeding is going great, at her last weigh in she was up to 9lbs! So super proud of her.

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This man! ❤ We are unbelievably lucky to have him, he’s been just amazing as usual.

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CoCo is pretty smitten too, she, like Ava, also likes to just sit and stare and has been on such good behaviour since Andee’s arrival. She does want to smell and lick her constantly though so she has been spending a lot more time in the kitchen than usual.

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I’ll hopefully get a birth story up in the next week or two.
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My Pregnancy – 40 weeks

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Full term! Eeek! ❤
Hopefully my next post will be a birth story!
As this is my last bumpdate I thought I’d do an overall summery of my pregnancy, symptoms and such. I’m so ready to meet this little bambino but I’m also going to miss being pregnant a tonne! I’ve been really lucky in both pregnancies and they’ve both gone perfectly. I love being pregnant and my body seems to too. We’re pretty sure this is going to be our last and I know I’m going to miss having a little furness inside so so much! Anyways here goes…

Weeks Pregnant: 40!

Baby Size: A pumpkin!

Gender: So you guys probably know by now we chose not to find out and I am so ready to just know ;). The whole way I’ve thought she’s a girl but have changed my mind slightly the past few weeks, probably because every other person thinks it’s a boy.

Total weight gain: Euughh! So I think 30lbs total, so just over 2 stone 😦 It’s nowhere near what I put on with Ava but still I am really feeling it now and I’m desperate to get back in the gym and start shedding the excess.

Maternity clothes: I didn’t start with maternity wear until around week 24, and since then I’ve just bought the basics. I’m really not a fan of maternity clothes so I’ve pretty much been wearing a mixture of my own stretchy/comfy stuff and my husbands :).

Stretch marks: Yey! I made it all the way without a single one this time, due to my rigorous body brushing and constant moisturising I’m sure.

Belly button: It’s an outtie!! Totally out too, which never happened with my first pregnancy.

Movement: Boy or Girl, this baby is a little gymnast! Or a serial party goer! She is constantly having a crazy disco in there! Pretty much since I first felt her she has been crazy active all day (and night) long. I have no idea how she gets feet in my ribs and hips at the same time. She has been back to back though the entire pregnancy and they say this makes you feel everything out front, and my oh my do I, even at 40 weeks she is still attempting to do advanced aerobics on a hourly basis.

Cravings: Up to about midway it was everything and anything pickled, they died off though pretty quickly and since then the only difference has been getting insanely hungry at nighttime.

Missed anything: Eating sushi, steak and enjoying a glass of wine with my husband. Oh and my pre preg body and wardrobe 😉

Sleep: Sleep has been a battle this time, I suffered with pretty graphic dreams throughout the first and second trimester, then with the third came the inability to lie in any position comfortably to accommodate the ever growing bump. I do LOVE my sleep so this has probably been the most stressful symptom overall, but it really hasn’t been so bad.

Mood: I think my mood the entire way through has been pretty damn good if I say so myself ;). I remember with my first pregnancy my hormones were everywhere, my husband would come home to me weeping for a reason completely unbeknown to myself (probably on a weekly basis), I had none of that this time. I have felt much more levelled, maybe because I’ve been so busy too with a little toddler running around, and I guess it’s a different experience with your second.

Exercise: Pretty consistent up to about 4 weeks ago, I kept up with pretty much everything I was doing pre pregnancy, running up until around week 30 and attending gym and fitness classes. I feel like I’ve stayed a million times fitter than with my previous pregnancy and I like to think it was all in preparation for the most strenuous, lengthy workout I’m about to enter in to ;).

Birth Plan: I knew I wanted to have this baby at home before we even got pregnant this time. I had a pretty smooth birth with Ava which definitely gave me the confidence to have the next at home, along with great support from my husband and family. It’s been such an exciting process getting everything ready and I’ve been so excited about it all the way through my pregnancy. I really wish home births were much more popular and people didn’t face the subject with as much hostility as they do. Throughout my pregnancy the thing that has been consistent is people’s general shock when I tell them I am having this baby at home, which is so sad because it’s such an amazing thing and all the horror stories that go with it are so outdated or completely mythical. I read a great article a few weeks ago that Doctors are now recommending it for low risk pregnancies because it is considered as a safer option to a hospital birth, which makes total sense. Environment is one of the most important factors in birth. At home Mother and baby are so much more relaxed, there are no risks of contaminating illnesses as in hospital and the environment is much more suitable.
Things rarely happen quickly in childbirth and if a problem were to occur at home your midwife is more than qualified to give you the correct care. If something more serious was needed it is extremely unlikely that there wouldn’t be enough time to get you to hospital to receive the necessary care there. Every birth is beautiful no matter what your choice and obviously a home birth is not for everyone and I completely respect each individuals decision, especially if you are not low-risk. I just wish it was promoted more by professionals and women were given better advice and knowledge before making their decision.
Preparing for the birth at home has been such an exciting experience, from ordering the pool, to buying a tonne of candles (who needed an excuse :)), to creating my perfect playlist and planning every last detail. Being in control of all aspects of how my birth is planned has been an empowering experience and I truly can’t wait. I’ve also read so many amazing birth stories throughout my pregnancy which have inspired me no end so I have to thank all you other inspirational mummies out there for those.

Best Moment(s): This is a super difficult one, there have been so many!! My husband was at work when I found out so surprising him is definitely up there. Every time we’ve heard the baby’s heartbeat is also a highlight for me, I can’t get enough of that! The movement too, its such an amazing feeling and nothing else compares to the little human you’ve created wriggling around inside. The whole thing has been total happiness and excitement ❤

Worst Moment: I’d say week 6-11, I had the worst naseua and my energy levels just dropped to nothing. It was the only part I really didn’t enjoy and I found it so difficult to keep up with day to day life with work and Ava. It was all smooth sailing from there though and things have been perfect since.

Looking forward to: Holding this gorgeous little baby, introducing her/him to Ava and witnessing the love they’ll share.


So here we are, finally at the last hurdle. I feel sad it’s about to end, to say goodbye to this chapter of my life. I know I’m going to miss her in my tummy so much. I finally have to share her with the world after she’s been mine for such a long time :). Pregnancy is incredible and I don’t think anything could ever compare to the feeling of growing a little human and to have their little heart beating inside of you. Nothing will make me more proud than bringing her into this world, for helping her grow and giving her life. Even now she is kicking away as I type and I feel a overwhelming sadness that these precious moments are about to end. But at the same time I’m about to receive the greatest gift of all and I couldn’t be more excited; excited to meet her and start a new journey, to know her and to create a million more special moments together as a family.

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