Elarna update 7 - 12 Weeks.
I am so behind on my 'birth & beyond updates', I have had the post in my drafts for ages but never got around to writing it! So here we are 12 weeks down the road with my little Princess. The last post you can read here which was the 4 - 6 week update, I've just been so busy over the last few weeks that it just slipped my mind to write the latest post.
As you can see from the pictures she is changing so much, she's a little chunk now! I haven't had the chance to have her weighed for a while so I'm not sure how much she weighs but judging by clothes sizes she fits comfortably in 0-3 months now, I think we've still got a little bit of time before she out grows them, I'll be so sad when she starts going into 3-6 months as I feel I will have said goodbye to my little newborn!
She is such a smiley baby, she gives the most beautiful grins every day which I love. When Alfie was a baby, and still today he's quite a solemn child and I have to really work hard to make him smile but Elarna is quite different.
Alfie continues to be a great big brother, he helps bring me nappies and wipes and I quite often find him putting her dummy in or pushing her in her swing. He also likes to give her a kiss goodnight before bed *heart melts*. There is still occasional times of jealousy if I'm with Elarna, or more so my husband but it's not not very often and I think it's still perfectly normal. We just make sure that we give him lots of attention and keep him busy.
She is sleeping well, during our holiday we had a several nights where she would sleep through the night which was amazing! Since we've returned I've moved her into her cot, while we were away she slept in a travel cot and I think she preferred it as she could stretch out and wasn't so cramped. I didn't feel ready to move her out of our room if I'm honest but realistically there was no way she would fit back in her moses basket comfortably. She's been a little more unsettled since we've returned but generally if I pop her dummy in she will drift back off again. She barely sleeps during the day to be fair so she must be knackered by the time bedtime rolls around!
When I wrote her 6 week update you may remember that the Dr found that Elarna did still have a heart murmur. We were sent to see the Paediatrician for a scan and a check up and it was discovered that she actually has a couple of very small holes in her heart. We were assured that these should hopefully close up with time but she will be seen again in clinic in 3 months time for another scan and check up. I'm sure she will be fine and in herself she seems to be absolutely thriving which is a positive sign that things are ok.
We have a little routine established now which makes the day more manageable. She is taking roughly 6 ounces of milk every 3 hours or so. As said above she doesn't sleep much at all during the day, she just cat naps rather than having long naps which can make it difficult to manage her and Alfie together buy we make it work! I try to get her bathed and in bed by 7pm so we can then get Alfie to bed. It is still a challenge to manage 2 children but I'm getting there!
Elarna will have her second lot of jabs this week and then I guess after that I will be thinking about weaning her which is a scary thought! I weaned Alfie quite early (16 weeks) after getting some advice as he was such a hungry baby but with Elarna I hope to hold out to the recommended 6 months before I start, I don't want to rush it.
As always I am trying to treasure every second, I may not ever have a newborn baby again so every minute spent with her I love.