Wednesday, 21 October 2015

Mia's 3 month update

I was planning to write Mia's 3 month update when she actually turned 3 months old (on the 18th), but I didn't get a chance to do it. She's been quite demanding lately and she literally runs my 'schedule'. More details on how she does it below :)

I haven't done a baby update since she was a month old and a lot has changed since... God... It's like someone switched my once happy and content baby to a little devil! Just kidding, she's not that bad really, but I am shocked at the difference. Basically, when she reached her original due date (she was 5 weeks early), she started to become more aware, less sleepy and more demanding. Around week 7, she started waking up more during the night and by week 9, she was waking up 3-4 times between 00.00 and 7.00. Now, at 13 weeks - she wakes up 5 times on a bad night and 3 times on a good night. I offer her both breasts each time and she goes back to sleep, but most of the time she wants to be next to me so I don't really sleep much.... Grrrr!

Speaking of breastfeeding. We are actually doing better than I could have imagined! Considering the fact that Mia was tube fed in the hospital for over a week and then bottle fed my expressed milk and formula till day 14, we are doing AMAZINGLY WELL! My Health Visitor can't praise me enough. She said that most mums in my situation just give up (I don't blame them), as it's quite stressful, but once you manage to build up your supply, you will be 'fine'.

I will talk about my breastfeeding story in full in a separate post on Sunday, as I have it scheduled already. In short, I am breastfeeding Mia on demand and she gets one formula top-up a day, usually in the evening. She only takes 4 oz, so it's nothing really compared to all the breastmilk she's getting. Good job boobies! PS. It's is in no way easy, as she feeds every 1-2 hours for about 30 minutes, but I am willing to do it to give her the best start in life. It gets easier once they're 6 months old, so I am hoping to last till then and see how it goes once she's on solids.

With most (if not all) premature babies, the biggest concern is weight gain. Doctors basically want to beef them up asap. With Mia, it was the opposite. She was born weighing 10lbs 10oz at 35 weeks and she was literally off the charts, so noone knew what to do. Seriously - doctors were confused and didn't know how much to feed her, what weight gains we should be aiming for etc. We were told that we just have to go with the flow basically and breastfeed for as long as we can. So we did.

She initially lost over 10% of her body weight, as she was all swollen from my undetected gestational diabetes and all the IV fluids they pumped into me when I went into labour early. At 1 month old. she was down to the 95th percentile in weight, at 2 months she was around the 80th percentile and now she's sitting in the 60th percentile which is great. She's much leaner, gaining weight slowly and growing at a perfect rate. Her head circumference and length/height are in the 60th percentile too. Perfect. I am assuming that it's all due to breastfeeding. If she was on formula, she would still be off the charts and probably end up with problems later and possibly obese as a child and adult. In our case, breastfeeding was VERY important in terms of keeping Mia as healthy as possible. I don't want to preach btw, I am just talking about our situation.

In clothing, she is between 0-3 and 3-6, just depends on the brand etc. Some 0-3 items still fit her, but it's mostly 3-6 now. I didn't really buy a lot of small stuff, as I knew she was going to be big from the scans, so we have plenty of 3-6 clothes for her now.

I am not going into too much detail, but here are some things Mia's been doing:
-smiling a lot, especially when she wakes up in the morning - soooo cute!
-making little noises while smiling and trying to laugh. I think she will laugh soon :)
-she's really strong and kicks like a horse, haha!
-she loves when I talk to her or sing 
-she tries to hold her head up during tummy time 
-her legs are so strong she can comfortably stand with support and loves it!

-the biggest milestone - she started rolling over at the age of 8 weeks!!! WHAAAT? She only does it when she's desperate to get to my boob at night or in the morning and she rolls onto her side first and then from her side onto her tummy! Amazing!!!

-tummy time
-all of her toys
-bouncy chairs
-being in a stroller that doesn't move (she has to be on the move)
-the dummy (spits it out after 5 seconds)
-being alone (I have to be next to her 24/7

Basically, she is a little diva! She is hard work, but I love her despite not being able to sleep or having any sort of 'me time'. I planned both of my babies though, so it's not like I didn't expect it. I devoted my whole life to my kids and I don't get any help with them whatsoever, so please don't see it as me moaning. Zachary was an angel till he turned 3 (then he started taking tantrums) and slept through the night from the age of 2 weeks, so having a demanding little girl is quite an adjustment for me. 

I am just pleased that she's healthy and happy, so it's all good. I always say that it could be worse. Yes, she needs a lot of attention and cries when I leave her for two seconds, but as soon as she's with me, she's a happy bunny and smiles non stop. Sooo adorable! And even during those night time feeds, she doesn't cry, she just moans a bit and calms down once she's latched on. 

I love her to the moon and back. 


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