Another month bites the dust.. Willow is 4 months old now and she is already sassy!
I can’t believe that Christmas has been and gone, it’s now the New Year and returning to work next week! I’m a little sad that I didn’t get more time off with her but luckily my shifts that I’ve been rostered are mostly night shifts so hopefully she will be in bed for the majority that I’m working. I’ll touch more on that later but for now I’ll move on to the baby portion of this update!
The Development of a happy Miss Willow
Social/Emotional – So the best thing still is that when she wakes up from her naps and focuses her eyes, she gives the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen! She recognises faces so well now that she will only give a smirk or a quick smile to someone she doesn’t know/recognise. However for us, it’s long smiles and lots of cooing! She loves to play, she is always happy and has even started to giggle this last month, her first giggle was for my mum (I heard it from the kitchen) and her next giggle was for me and this was more like belly laughs but mini versions of it haha. Oh and when she looks in the mirror and sees herself it’s instant smiles, I think she is her favourite person right now 🙂
Language/Communication – Her latest thing is gurgling when she talks to either myself, Grant or my folks. If only I could type what she sounds like but the closest I have to explaining it is, that she sounds like she is saying the letter g whilst gurgling and every so often it sounds like “ug-gher” with a gurgle in there somewhere. Amazing! When she is on her play mat under the hanging toys she can be very vocal, generally it’s loud oh’s, either short and sweet or long and adorably annoying. Tantrums have started that’s for sure. If she doesn’t like something, she will make sure you know about it. If we sit on the floor with her and she is lying on her back, you look at her and she will talk but then you turn your gaze towards something other than her and she will kick and kick until you turn back. So cute! Her communication is so amazing to watch!
Cognitive (Learning) – She is a very curious little babe, she hasn’t exactly figured out what her feet do yet but she has worked out her hands. She is reaching and grabbing things now and if she can’t she gets frustrated with herself. Anything she gets her hands on she will immediately bring to her mouth and try to chew on it.
Movement/Physical – Within the last 2 weeks Willow has started to roll from her back to her front but mostly from her back to her sides and if we place her on her side she immediately rolls to her stomach. She basically has full control of her neck and head now. She holds herself up really well and she likes to be upright for the most part. Other physical developments are her teething, she has become extremely drooly and can be quite clingy. Poor thing has been feeling so uncomfortable and frustrated because her gums are obviously giving her grief.
Postpartum – Mummy update
So for the most part I’ve been doing ok, I’ve put on 7kgs since Willows birth and my back is feeling it. We have a doctor’s appointment Monday for Will’s immunizations and I’ll get my back checked out. My menstrual cycle has gone back to normal basically, it started again a month after her birth.
Mentally, I have never experienced so many different emotions in my entire life. I’ve never been happier and yet I also experience fear, anxiety and sadness. Not at all towards being a mother or to Willow just in general. It’s been difficult and I’m very lucky to have the support I have because I don’t think I would be coping well otherwise.
I’ve started eating healthier and slowly changing my diet in the last 3 weeks. Dinners have consisted of chicken and vegetables and breakfast/lunch has been an omlette. I’ve cut down to one iced coffee a day (with no sugar), I’ll drink water mostly and then with dinner I’ll have one no sugar can of coke, instead of normal coke. I lost 2kgs and then gained 1kg back in this last week I can assume from date night and being that time of the month.
Apart from that, not much else has happened this month and hopefully I can keep up with this monthly update! 🙂