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Mole at 4 Months Old

Hello Everyone! Here to give you a Mole update I CAN NOT BELIEVE SHE IS 4 MONTHS OLD!  Where did that time go???? You hear it all the time… “They…

Hello Everyone!

Here to give you a Mole update

I CAN NOT BELIEVE SHE IS 4 MONTHS OLD!  Where did that time go???? You hear it all the time… “They grow so quick”, “they change so quick”, “Make the most of them being a baby”… Everyone was so right and now I have found myself jumping on the bandwagon with the sayings.

This fourth month has been the best by far. I feel our bond is so much stronger and tighter than ever. This is also the month where I have seen the most change with her.

Little Miss Roly Poly

Mole’s favourite thing to do is to play on her play mat, I always lay her down on her back, the next second she just rolled on to her belly! She did it so fast as well I couldn’t believe it 😀 .It has got to the point now where Mole with keep rolling every time she is on her back so I now have to make sure everywhere is fully safe and watch her when I can. It’s not so fun when she decides to keep rolling when I am putting her to sleep in her SnuzPod. I didn’t think there would even be enough room but apparently there is! I have even woke up in the middle of the night and noticed she has rolled.

Mrs Roly Poly can keep her head up for a good while whilst on her front now but after a good 5-10 minutes she starts to tire and I can hear “eh, eeeeh, arr, arghhh, EEHHARGH” coming from her little mouth. She gets so frustrated when she is tired and can’t figure out to roll back over.

Little Miss Greedy

Mole now gets a bowl of Hipp Organic Baby Rice before bed. I know she is ready to start weaning as I am constantly holding a bottle to her mouth. I have choose to wean her gradually as she is only 4 months and I believe the recommendation is 6 months. So far so good. Mole loves her baby rice and she gets so excited when she sees her bowl. Her mouth is open and her legs are kicking everywhere. 😀

Little Miss Chatterbox

I think this is by far one of Mole’s favourite past times. She will literally just lie there gurgling away. It is crazy because I still see her as a little baby and I can’t believe she will have a back and forth conversation. Sure its just gargling but I understand her 🙂 .

For some reason she turns into the biggest Little Miss Chatterbox right before bedtime. It is like she is almost trying to convince me she isn’t tired enough for bed yet haha.

Little Miss Giggles

Along with making different noises I heard her first real, proper, kind of adult like laugh!!! She has only done this the once so far and I have spent every day since doing goodness knows what to get her to do it again. She has her usual giggle noises especially when I tickle her but this laugh she did was so different. It genuinely was one of the best moments of my life hearing it.

Little Miss Sleepy

The 4 month sleep regression has hit us hard. Yes me too, what is sleep? I can put her to bed and she look fast asleep, next minute I am up and down the stairs for her every 40 minutes. Any tips??? When Mole does finally go to sleep it is for two hours then she needs feeding again. She has also become really clingy where she wants to hold my hand until she falls asleep. I know I shouldn’t give in but I cant help think to myself that she will be asleep in 10 minutes if I let her do it. She already has me wrapped around her little finger.

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The cure for my baby’s reflux

Oh boy, where do I start with this one. The dreaded word Reflux. From a newborn Mole would continuously cry, scream, all night long. People told me that is what…

Oh boy, where do I start with this one. The dreaded word Reflux.

From a newborn Mole would continuously cry, scream, all night long. People told me that is what newborns are like but I knew that couldn’t be the case with Mole. The type of cry she would do wasn’t her hungry cry or her colic cry, it would mainly happen in the evening and I would literally see every hour of the clock go by night after night. I felt like my soul was leaving my body I was that sleep deprived.

“People told me that is what newborns are like but I knew that couldn’t be the case”

I began to research her cry and came across reflux websites that would also describe other symptoms Mole had but, because I was a first time mum, with no experience what so ever with babies, I thought that is just what babies are like.

Persistent hiccups

From day one in the hospital with Mole I remember holding her and suddenly she got hiccups at only a few hours old. I asked the midwife what I should do and she replied “nothing it is completely normal, maybe just rub her back to comfort her”. So thats exactly what I did, and I never thought anything else of it, every single day when she got hiccups.

Feeding difficulties

I tried my hardest to breastfeed Mole and I lasted for around 7 weeks after that it just didn’t work out for both of us. During breastfeeding Mole would become irritable and keep breaking away from her latch. Sometimes she would start to cry again and the cry would louder and louder. It was heartbreaking to watch and I began to blame myself on being a ‘bad breastfeeder’.

Making the transition to formula milk and feeding Mole through bottles I noticed the same symptom. Struggling with feeding. Constantly turning her head and refusing the bottle or having a small amount of milk and then 10 minutes later wanting another small amount. It got to the point where Mole would start to choke on her feed and then not long after she began refusing her feeds. Her weight wasn’t increasing and I became more and more concerned.

“I began to blame myself on being a bad breastfeeder”

Laying on her back

This was a huge symptom. Every single time I would lie Mole on her back, bam, she would scream her loudest!. I originally had a carry cot on her pram and every single time I placed her in the pram she would scream, but when I would pick her up, she would stop. I use to dread taking her out of the house because I would put her in the pram and listen to her cry but at the time I had no idea it was reflux.

Night feeding her got really hard. She would struggle taking her bottle and then when I put her back in her cot she would cry again. I felt like I couldn’t do anything right. One night, I propped her up on my pillow, whilst I had my head in my hands crying and I noticed that she stopped and I was the only one crying now. Being on a slant helped her. I propped her bed up slightly and managed to get some sleep.

Spitting up milk before or after feeds

At first Mole would do small spit ups after her feeds and I didn’t think anything of it as people told me that is normal for babies. When Mole began to take on more milk it got worse. way worse. She would projectile vomit all over. An alarming amount. She would go through numerous clothes changes a day (me too) and get stuck in the viscous circle of crying because of her vomit then crying because she was hungry. I felt so trapped in the house because it would have been so unfair to take her out whilst she was sick after every feed.

My life became an ongoing roundabout of feeding her, cleaning up her sick changing her nappy and then dealing with her shrieking cry 🙁 I could not help but moan about it or become upset.

“I felt so trapped”

Grunting

Mole from birth would always do grunting noises. The grunts use to make me giggle and I would copy them too at her then pull her in for a snuggle. Little did I know this was a reflux symptom.

What is reflux?

Reflux occurs because a baby’s food pipe (oesophagus) is still developing.

As the baby gets older the reflux should stop as the ring of muscle at the bottom of their oesophagus fully develops and stops stomach contents leaking out.

Trying to fix the problem

There are many types of milk formula out there that brands have made specifically for reflux babies. The formula is thicker than normal formula stopping the milk from coming back up. I tried Mole with a popular brand of anti-reflux milk but it did not suit her stomach.

I got told that reflux can occur if your baby has a milk allergy. So I got Mole milk free formula. Bad idea. I went through a nappy a minute. Gross 🙁

The doctors prescribed her with Gaviscon. The same method as the anti-reflux milk, thickening the formula so it is harder to come back up. She was allowed up to 6 sachets of Gaviscon in her bottles a day. Mole was okay with just 4, anymore than that and she would become constipated and cry for hours with that problem. One thing after another 🙁 .

The Gaviscon worked for a few weeks and I thought I had sorted the problem. But her reflux came back, hard!

Going back to the doctor he prescribed Ranitidine. The doctor explained that this will reduce her stomach acid but she became even worse on this medicine. I’m not even giving my time to it writing about it now. Bad, bad, bad.

I didn’t even want Mole to be continuously on medicine either.

The answer

I was back at square one with searching for an answer. The doctor said the next step would be an operation on her stomach and I was determined to try another way before the operation was the answer.

I came across an article that talked about how an Osteopath can help. An Osteopath can give a baby a deep massage loosening any tight muscles and joints. Tight muscles and joints especially around the stomach area can cause reflux. An Osteopath will release all stresses in the baby. Babies with tight muscles are more likely to benefit from the treatment than those who’s ring of muscle at the bottom of their oesophagus  has not developed. If you think about it, a baby has gone through delivery and growing at a phenomenal rate, their body must be tight.

I thought well what the heck, let’s try it. Mole had a 45 minute massage with Rachel and loved every minute! From that night, I took her off all medicine, including her Gaviscon and went cold turkey. NO REFLUX 😀 . The next day I thought no way, surely just a massage can’t have cured her reflux? but day after day Mole was still reflux free. I booked in a couple more sessions with Rachel and still Mole had gone from vomiting every feed to keeping all her feed down.

It seems a lifetime ago I was dealing with Mole’s reflux. Even writing this blog post now I’m shocked remembering what we went through together.

It is beautiful to see Mole at her happiest now and most of all I can leave the house and go to different activities with her without being riddled with anxiety. As selfish as this sounds, I feel like I have my life back.

“I feel like I have my life back”

If your baby suffers from Reflux, please try an Osteopath. It may not work but it is worth a try. It certainly worked for me.

Here is Rachel’s website:

http://www.rachelnealosteopathy.co.uk/ 

I’m sure she would be happy to provide you with more expert advice 🙂

Please note that not all Osteopaths treat babies, I had to check with a few first. I’m so glad I found Rachel, I genuinely don’t know what I would have done without her!

Other Helpful Advice

Upright

Keeping your baby upright for at least half an hour after a feed can help to make your baby more comfortable.

Another change I made was her pram. I got rid of her carry cot and got her a pram that would sit her upright. Taking her out was not an issue anymore and she is so much more comfortable. If I feed her whilst out I do not need to worry about holding her upright for half an hour as she is already sat up right in the pram.

Here is the link for the pram: Stokke Xplory V6

Anti-Reflux Milk

It didn’t work for Mole but I have heard tonnes of positive reviews on anti-reflux milk helping their baby to be more comfortable and to keep their milk down. If you have not tried this, it is definitely worth a go.

Frequent and Small Feedings

Feeding your baby little and often can help. Their stomachs will have less milk to regurgitate decreasing the chance of reflux.

Adding a thickener

Speak to your doctor about what is safe to add to your baby’s milk to thicken it. This will decrease the chances of it being bought back up. I added Infant Gaviscon and it worked brilliantly for a while.

Always speak to your doctor first to make sure your baby is having the best care.

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What you didn’t know about your baby’s feet that can relax a crying or fussy baby

  According to reflexology experts, massaging your baby’s feet in specific areas can settle an upset or fussy baby. Reflexology is a natural pain relief that is done by massaging…

 

According to reflexology experts, massaging your baby’s feet in specific areas can settle an upset or fussy baby.

Reflexology is a natural pain relief that is done by massaging pressure points throughout the body to relieve pain.

Sounds crazy right? Like how can a massage on the feet calm my baby down? Won’t it just agitate my baby more?

I came across this idea when I was researching different ways to help Molly’s reflux and noticed that when she was having a fussy day or she was crying more than usual and nothing I normally do to try and soothe her worked, this method had an immediate impact.

For it to work, I bathed Molly first. This is one of her usual ways she likes to calm down. The warm water encourages blood flow to her feet which makes the massage more effective.

Different points in the foot work for different areas of your baby’s body. If your baby has trouble with a specific area, then you can focus your massage on that area. It may take a few tries to get use to it but keep at it! Trust me.

Pelvis

Babies grow at an unbelievable rate! You know yourself, you look at them one day and the next they have doubled in size. Growing at a fast rate can cause pain in their hips as some areas of their body grows quicker than other areas.

To solve this problem: Rub your baby’s heel.

Rubbing the heel area can help babies if they suffer from upset stomachs or constipation too.

Upper and Lower Abdomen Pain

Massaging the space in the middle of your baby’s foot and the pads of their feet can help problems with heartburn, indigestion and constipation.

Massaging the middle of the foot and heel will help problems with bloating and painful gas.

Stomach Pain

Massaging the center of the foot just below the pads of the feet where the arch begins will help to solve the problem of upset tummies, tightness and spasms.

How can massaging the middle of a foot help with stomach pain I asked myself?

Well, the center of the foot is a direct link to a collection of nerves between the lungs and stomach called the Solar Plexus.

Chest

Massaging the pad area below your baby’s toes and above the arch can help with congestion in the chest and coughing problems.

Apply a gentle pressure and massage in a circular motion for this to work.

Sinus Pain

We all know how horrible Sinus pain is, well that is if you have suffered from it before. Imagine how a baby feels when suffering from Sinus pain when they are new to the world and have never experienced anything like it before. 🙁

To help, apply a gentle pressure and massage the center underside of your baby’s toes. Instant relief 🙂

Tooth Ache

Saving the best till last. Massaging the very tips of your baby’s toes can help to ease the pain of tooth ache. When your baby is teething you feel helpless in being able to cure their pain. You give them Calpol but sometimes it is nice to have a natural pain relief remedy for teething babies.

Massaging the tips of their toes can help to distract your baby from the pain too and the massage can even be done when your baby is asleep.

Always remember, serious issues with your baby need to be consulted by your doctor. Reflexology is a great way to help with everyday issues and bond with your baby. Give them a go and see how they feel 🙂

Happy massaging!

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What’s in a name: A Guide to choosing the perfect baby name

Being a parent is full of tough of decisions and you even have to face one very, important decision before or as soon as your baby is born. Naming your…

Being a parent is full of tough of decisions and you even have to face one very, important decision before or as soon as your baby is born. Naming your baby.

How to decide what is the best name for your baby when you haven’t even met your baby yet? You may even become overwhelmed with suggestions from relatives and friends or love more than one name and you just can’t pick between them.

I can remember before we set on the name Molly, I had tonnes of different names I liked. At one point I wanted to call her Zara … not sure if that had anything to do with my favourite shop lol. 

I must have downloaded every Baby Name App possible and spent my time scanning through the top names and when that wasn’t enough, I began to search for the top baby names with happy meanings or the top floral baby names. Oh I miss how much free time I had when I was pregnant.

The hard part is that you might have had your heart set on a name for years. As a child I remember discussing with my friends what we wanted to call our babies and now all of a sudden that name is taken away from you because your partner or mother-in-law hates it. For me this happened with the name River. Yes its unusual but, I just love it so I am going to try again in getting my way when I have another baby. I am stubborn 🙂 .

Its all the hype what celebrities are naming their babies. We wait anxiously for them to reveal their babies names and then talk non stop about it for days afterwards with friends. I am even guilty of religiously watching E News! to find out what the Kardashians have named their babies. And for the record, no one can ever say a bad word about them to me, I love all of their babies names with True and North being my favourite names.

Let’s take choosing a babies name seriously now. I have came up with a few questions below that you actually need to consider. Once that name has been registered, it is very difficult to go back.

Will the name suit your baby when they are an adult?

Many names can be very cute and adorable for babies however, do they age well? By that I mean, will the name still be suitable when they are much older? Can the name be used in a professional situation? Can you imagine them being called the name at a boardroom meeting or as a head teacher for example? Names like Teddy couldn’t be any cuter for a baby boy but, Ted is more suitable for an adult?

Embarrassing nicknames?

Can the name easily lead to an embarrassing nickname? The last thing you want is for when your baby is old enough to attend school, they get taunted in class for their name. You may even know someone that had an embarrassing nickname growing up and you would not want that to be your child. You can start to rhyme your intended name with common words first to see if any embarrassing nicknames come to your head. Examples: Silly Billy, Smelly Kelly, Bart Fart.

Does the name suit your intended surname?

This is a big point. Maybe I should have moved this to number one? I can not begin to tell you how many children I have come across in my line of work where I have had to double check that is their name, as when paired with their surname it just does not work. 😮 Let me give you some examples and I doubt you will need a further explanation…Richard Felt, Ben Dover, Neil Downs.

Funny initial names

Along with my previous point, surnames can play havoc too with the initials. You may want to spend a thought on what will the initials spell out when I name my baby? Why is this important? Well you may use your initials on your luggage tag or scholarly papers. Here are some funny examples…Chris Orson Williams (COW), Frankie Mark Lawson (FML), Lewis Oliver Laing (LOL).

Uniqueness 

Is your baby name unique or when your baby gets to school are you going to have another 5 students in the class with the same name as your child? You can check how popular your name is by searching for the most popular names in your current year. Whilst searching for a unique name you may want to consider is it too unique? Will people be able to pronounce the name? Are there too many different versions of spelling? Or have you made a popular name unique by changing the spelling? In that case are you going to be constantly checking people will the correct spelling?

What is right for you.

At the end of the day it is completely up to you. If you like the sound of the name and you can imagine your son or daughter with that name then go for it! You may even have deep significance with then name and your connection to the name is too strong to even care what the initials spell out to be.

Its completely normal to change your mind on the baby’s name 5000 times before you finally decide. You probably will end up going back to the first one you picked and then you have to see if you and your other half both agree on it 😀

Once you are settled on a name you can even start to shop for personalised clothing or nursery decorations for your baby. You can start referring to your bump as the baby’s name which can help with bonding.

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Introducing Molly Mole

Molly  (Mole)   Born on 26th March 2018 at 4:29am 7.11 lbs of amazingness!!! 😀 As I am writing this she is 16 weeks old and time is flying far…

Molly  (Mole)

 

Born on 26th March 2018 at 4:29am

7.11 lbs of amazingness!!! 😀

As I am writing this she is 16 weeks old and time is flying far too quick. I never realised when people use to tell me to cherish every moment because they are all grown up before you know it, how fast that actually was 😮 !

I am guilty of snapshotting her every day, I have even had to pay for extra iCloud storage 😮 . Scrolling through my camera feed in awe of her forever changing face, she’s leaving the newborn baby look now and becoming more like the babies on the adverts you see on TV. Imagine if adults we aged that quickly? Oh no I hope I don’t. 

 

Her eyes are still blue but slowly changing green/brown. She has a coloboma in her right eye at the front and at the back. The doctor described it bluntly as two holes in her eye. This is developed from the first few weeks of her in my belly. The iris forms in a circle and basically the circle did not close. Mole is under tests for her vision, but as she is so small, we won’t find out how strong her vision is in that eye until she can tell us herself.

Her hair is very light brown and some days she decides to be auburn. Although looking at her now she is pretty bald. Where did all her hair go? It’s okay Mole, Mummy is losing her hair too. Thanks postpartum hair loss. 

Molly has found her voice the past two weeks and spends most of her spare time now gurgling and screaming away. I even heard her laugh for the first time yesterday. IT WAS MY FAVOURITE MOMENT IN LIFE EVER. I frantically scream her Daddy to come upstairs to listen too 😀 .

Molly’s  hobby’s are flying around as an aeroplane, she literally screams with joy and then lets dribble fall out all over me and her dad depending on who is holding her up. She has recently taken an interest in toys now, mainly rattles and textured books. It is so heart warming watching her play.

Her favourite thing in the entire world is a fluffy pink blanket from Aldi. She clings on to it everywhere and sometimes won’t sleep without it. I dread putting it in the wash incase she doesn’t like it anymore once its clean. i’ve convinced myself this, Maybe its a subconscious reason not to add an extra item to the forever over flowing washing basket.

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