Sunday, 7 October 2007

of mice, night feeds and tomato chutney


We are doing alright, I think.

The nights are a bit patchy - Leo seems to sleep in four or five hour chunks, which is great - but he does take a couple of hours to go back to sleep in the early hours. That's okay - we have a kind-of-routine sorted which allows for it. And on the advice of Mrs Doubtfire the doula we have found*, we have got a bath-bottle-bed routine that gets him to sleep at about seven. He wakes up about eleven for another feed/nappy change and again at some point between three and five, depending on how good we've been at getting him back to sleep earlier on.

We have been doing a lot of travelling round this week - we've been taking him to see a cranio-sacral therapist on the Wirral to help with his feeding. I will do a separate post about this, as after I mentioned feeding in my last post I have had loads of responses re the pros and cons of breast-feeding that have been really useful and I'd like to address it in a bit more depth.

We had our first overnight visitors on Friday and Saturday (*waves*) - it worked really well. B is just doing the washing up and the recycling and then we are going to go up and spend a couple of hours in the garden. The greenhouse needs the tomatoes pulling out and I want to gather the green ones for chutney. And the chickens need cleaning out REALLY badly - we are going to take the carry-cot up and put it in the greenhouse and hope that Leo stays asleep. Or at least wakes up and is prepared to help ... .

I should add that B is going to do most of the actual work, because I'm still a bit fragile and the midwife gave me a bit of a talking to about lifting stuff and the possibility of having a 'flood' if I do too much. Since I'd already had one by that point I have actually taken heed of what she said.

Next post - either about feeding or about green tomato chutney and the greenhouse and winter lettuce. I'll see how I feel.


* Three hours a morning for three mornings a week - washing, kitchen-cleaning, hoovering, looking after the baby whilst we sleep or do office work. I was a bit in two minds about getting her in to start with, but I am really relieved that we decided to, now. It does feel very strange having someone cleaning up after us though. And I was really embarrassed about the embalmed mouse she found in the mouse-trap beside the washing machine. It had clearly been there WEEKS and had gone all sort of dessicated and fluffy.


8 comments:

  1. cranio-sacral therapist; Really good move. Seriously!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I agree that you shouldn't be lifting!

    It is great that B is helping and relieving you of that sort of thing. He sounds like a good guy.

    It sounds like things are going well now.

    ReplyDelete
  3. I agree that you shouldn't be lifting!

    It is great that B is helping and relieving you of that sort of thing. He sounds like a good guy.

    It sounds like things are going well now.

    ReplyDelete
  4. It's good to hear that things seem to be going well.

    ReplyDelete
  5. It's good to hear that things seem to be going well.

    ReplyDelete
  6. My Japanese midwife was very firm that I was not to do any housework or anything strenuous for 40 days after giving birth*. (She didn't offer to come and do it for me, more's the pity.) 40 days! So cut yourself a bit of slack: sit down with a drink and little Leo and your feet up. Make the most.
    *Mind you, she also told me that it was bad to eat fruit and important to keep your bottom warm.

    ReplyDelete
  7. My Japanese midwife was very firm that I was not to do any housework or anything strenuous for 40 days after giving birth*. (She didn't offer to come and do it for me, more's the pity.) 40 days! So cut yourself a bit of slack: sit down with a drink and little Leo and your feet up. Make the most.
    *Mind you, she also told me that it was bad to eat fruit and important to keep your bottom warm.

    ReplyDelete
  8. I took Middle Child to a cranial osteopath after she was born because she cried *all the time* (unless she was asleep) and it was like trading her in for a different baby. Fabulous. The crying was all to do with being OP and being stuck in the birth canal for so long. Sound familiar?

    ReplyDelete