Life With Bump: The Eight Week Update

Life With Bump: The Eight Week Update

Eight Week Update

I hate to admit that this Life with Bump update has been sat in my draft folder for the last ten days or so. Normal life has been catching up with me. I am really trying to have a focus on blog admin. It is taking time. Anyway, hopefully we are getting back on track! A short introduction this week, let’s get on with the eight week update.

Life with Bump for Mummy

Things have very definitely settled down following our quick trip to the USA. I am more settled. Travel always makes me feel unsettled (does anyone else get that?). I am now over the jet lag from our quick trip to the USA.

I am getting into a routine. Although I would like our days to be even more structured. To be frank though there simply aren’t enough hours in the day to fit everything into my daily routine.

Pre-birth Penny imagined that I would be able to do all the things I used to do and Bump would just fit in around that! Writing that I feel like such a plonker, pre-birth Penny definitely needs a slap! But what I am trying to say is that I imagined the house would be clean, I would be organised, looking semi glamorous and I would have a little angelic child in my arms.

The reality is very different. I now find myself pleased if I manage to have cleaned my teeth and had my first wee of the day by 11am! I am happy if I manage to have lunch at lunch time rather than about an hour before supper time! You get the gist.

C-Section Recovery

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{Picture is from week 6, I couldn’t find any of Bump and I together from the last two weeks 🙁 }

I have to say I am fascinated by my scar.

I haven’t told all of you this but I was also born by emergency c-section. My mummy has a scar straight down from her belly button as the lasting reminder about how I arrived in the world. I must admit, cutting you open that way to get a baby out seems, to me, the obvious way to do it.

Looking ay my scar, it is really neat and, whilst its is bright red at the moment, it will be less visible over time. My scar, however, is horizontally across my body. To me that seems an odd way to pull a baby out. I am surprised by how long the scar is, it is a whopper and makes my other scars look rather insignificant. Maybe one day, when I am feeling more body confident, I will post a picture of it for you to see.

Whilst I have just said that my mummy has a lasting reminder about how I arrived in the world, when I look at my scar, I don’t associate it with Bump. Maybe I don’t associate it with Bump because I don’t want to remember the pain of labour. Or maybe it is because, when thinking about my labour, it feels like it didn’t happen to me. Looking back the whole labour process feels like a dream. A sort of out of body experience.

Of course the scar, has a huge amount of meaning and I will always be proud of it. On the other hand the stretch marks next to it, I am not so keen on, even though they tell a story and are just as significant.

Getting Out and About

As I mentioned in the last update, I am now allowed to drive. It was a huge relief to get the driving all clear!

I didn’t appreciate how confined I was by not being able to drive. I know that I had major surgery and I needed to recover but it was hard to fill the day with Bump when I couldn’t drive and I couldn’t walk very far.

Don’t get me wrong, I am not planning on a marathon next week and I still have to take it easy at times. I feel my scar at the oddest times, when I sneeze or walking with the dog but the fact I can do things and be more mobile is wonderful.

Life with Bump

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Bump has been settling into a bit of a routine. Routines stress me. Well it isn’t the routines per se that stress me, it is the ‘not following’ element of a routine that stresses me!

Of course, with an eight week old baby, things never follow the routine. So I have been getting used to chilling out about the routine not being followed rigorously.

Current routine is that we get up just as Daddy leaves for work, have a feed and a bit of Mummy time, followed by a morning nap. We have another afternoon nap, some more Mummy time before a feed and the start of the bedtime routine. Well that is the plan anyway. Bump often has different plans!

Health Visitor appointment

We had our 6-8 week health visitor appointment this week and Bump is tracking the 50th percentile for weight beautifully!

The health visitor did have a little dig at me. She thinks Bump sleeps too much at night! Apparently that could be a sign that he isn’t being fed enough. Of course, once she weighed him, and saw he was still on the 50th percentile, she back tracked slightly. I have to say he doesn’t look fat at all but he is quite long and he is quite skinny, so maybe its no surprise that on a quick look at him the health visitor thought he would be underweight when she weighed him.

We have noticed though that he is already too big for some of his “0-3” month clothes. Proving the fact that John Lewis clothes come up big, most of his 0-3 JL outfits are still to big for him!

I have hands!

Hands

Ok, so this might sound silly but Bump has just discovered he has hands, well a right hand anyway. The other evening he was sitting in his bouncer and he just started to stare at it, he even started going cross-eyed looking at it! He will now look at it from time to time and often puts it right out in front of him (I like to call this his Superman pose). I know it is a small thing but it is fascinating watching him change, grow and discover things.

Looking like Daddy

Bump not only looks like his father but judging by this picture he also has his grumpy streak as well!

In the last two weeks, people have started to say how much Bump looks like W. It is natural that he would look like one of us but what has surprised me is just how many people have commented on it in the last two weeks.

Apparently, we have been told that evolutionarily babies are designed (couldn’t think of a better word) to look like their fathers, so that it is clear that mummy has been a good girl…. I am not sure how true this is?!?!

It will be interesting to see how he changes as he grows, for example, whose eye colour is he going to have? One thing is certain, at the moment, he definitely has his daddy’s hair-line!!

The Stats

  • Age: 8 weeks
  • Length: 62cm (At birth: 52cm)
  • Weight: 11lbs 2 (At birth: 8lbs 2)
  • Sleep: Getting better. Sometimes only wakes once in the night!

That is it for week eight. I can hear that Bump is stirring from his afternoon nap.

My lovelies what classes did you take your little one to? Do you have any recommendations on “must do” classes? How did you all find getting your Bump into a routine was? I would love to hear from you by commenting below. As always, please don’t forget to start following us on Facebook, Instagram and Bloglovin

Penny x

6 Comments

  1. Anna (Ella’s sister)
    1 October 2017 / 4:47 pm

    Lovely to see the latest photos. We started baby sensory fairly early on and swimming at about 2 month ish also. Tom at 2 1/2 adores swimming now and music/anything sensory. Sounds like you are having a fabulous time 💋

    • Penny
      Author
      2 October 2017 / 11:59 am

      We are having a great time and I am enjoying going out and about to the classes (maybe more than Bump!).

  2. Laura
    2 October 2017 / 12:23 am

    Lovely blog Penny, I’m enjoying reading it! You asked about classes…We loved baby signing – we went to tiny talk as I loved the friendly teacher and the sociable coffee time (provided by them) as so often people rush off from classes and don’t chat, this way meant we formed a nice group and got to know each other. It was amazing watching my daughter communicate with us so much before she could speak and was lots of fun. I think it helped her feel listened to as she could express herself even if it was just signing bird so we could talk about the birdsong she could hear, it was much more meaningful than just pointing at things and me having to guess!

    • Penny
      Author
      2 October 2017 / 12:00 pm

      Thank you for your kind words Laura! I am glad that you are enjoying it! I will have to see what other classes I can find, including singing, there is so much out there, I am not sure there are enough hours in the day!!

  3. Laura
    2 October 2017 / 12:24 am

    You asked about classes…We loved baby signing – we went to tiny talk as I loved the friendly teacher and the sociable coffee time (provided by them) as so often people rush off from classes and don’t chat, this way meant we formed a nice group and got to know each other. It was amazing watching my daughter communicate with us so much before she could speak and was lots of fun. I think it helped her feel listened to as she could express herself even if it was just signing bird so we could talk about the birdsong she could hear, it was much more meaningful than just pointing at things and me having to guess!

  4. Virginie
    3 October 2017 / 2:00 pm

    Gorgeous photos Penny , can’t wait for a cuddle ! I enjoyed a baby massage class with A and a term of tiny talk with M when he was about 18 months ( a friend was running it ). Buggy fit was good fun to meet up a few people and exercise. I also did a baby/ toddler splash class with A which was excellent. We attended baby bliss at our local children centre as well as a couple of playgroups ( best when they have a dedicated space for babies ) . Playgroups need to be attended more than once to get a real feel of what they are like , gett used to the new place and get to know “the regulars” as well as the volunteers who help run the group ( attending with a friend could be good but it might slow you down from meeting other mums ). Finally remember to make the most of it with baby number 1 as number 2 never seem to get the chance / opportunities !

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