Adapting to life with a newborn

The word of the week this week is definitely “Adapting.” We are all adapting to the changes that bringing our newborn girl home has brought.

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Rubbish shot but Monkey going in for a kiss 🙂

Monkey is doing amazingly well at adapting to being a big brother. We have been so proud of him from the get go and he just gets better and better. After a few days of playing up a little more and being more demanding (which is not at all surprising when his little world had been turned upside down and he barely saw Mummy or Daddy for days) he has settled down a lot. We are trying to find the balance between giving him plenty of attention, and not over-indulging him, as he does need to learn that he is not the only one that needs our attention now.

He has been great though and today he has been the best as he gave his little sister some lovely kisses and has been showing her his toys, which is really adorable!

Hubs and I are also adapting, adapting the demands of a newborn again (life with one toddler was really quite easy!) and the nighttime feeds and nappy changes. Hubs is wonderful and helps so much, he has taken the job of doing nighttime (and most of the daytime) nappy changes so I can rest and then do the feeds. He is such a good Daddy and I am loving having him home for paternity leave, I don’t want it to end!

I have been adapting, firstly to the fact that I have had a major surgery and need to do less. As time goes on I am getting a bit impatient to be up and doing things but realistically I know my body needs more time to heal so I am having to adapt my expectations! I am also adapting to breastfeeding again. It has been going really well so far, but I again hate how huge my boobs have become (they make me feel massive all over) and am having to figure out what I can wear for ease of access. I am trying a few things out and will let you know how they help!

Having a rest and enjoying cuddles with both my kiddies :)

Having a rest and enjoying cuddles with both my kiddies 🙂

Little Miss is pretty good on the whole, I have a feeling she is lulling us into a false sense of security as she is loving her sleep at the moment and has gotten herself into a good 3-4 hourly feeding routine, sometimes sleeping 4-5 hours at night! I feel extrememly fortunate about this and like I say am not sure I believe it is going to continue. As she begins to wake up more over the next few weeks I have a feeling that this will all change and I will look back at this past week in disbelief!

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28 thoughts on “Adapting to life with a newborn

  1. Wow she sounds like a dream baby and how lovely is your hubby! I had none of that with EJ as hubs was off working all hours during 2012 Olympics! Good boy Monkey too! A credit to your great parenting xxx

    • Thanks lovley that’s a very kind thing to say! We are incredibly lucky at the mo, though we have had a few more challenging times since I wrote that post but on the whole still not doing terribly. Fingers crossed it stays that way!

  2. Hello. Massive congratulations on the birth of your gorgeous little girl. It sounds like you are all adapting brilliantly. I adore that photo of the three of you. You look very content. Hugs Mrs H xxxx #SoFoLo

  3. Huge congratulations on the arrival of Little Miss and so glad Monkey sounds like he is adapting really well to being a big brother. Glad Little Miss is sleeping so well at the moment – hope that continues for you as you continue to adapt to life as a foursome. Gorgeous photos 🙂

  4. It is so difficult to make sure the older child doesn’t feel left out, especially when a baby takes up so much of your time and attention. It sounds like you have the balance just right, and it sounds like Monkey is going to be the perfect big brother!
    Take care of yourself and make sure you are well rested x

    • Thank you, I hope so, I think it is going to be much harder to balance when hubs is back at work but at least we are off to a good start! 🙂 xx

    • Thank you, i think we have a way to go but I am pleased with how it has gone so far…just taking it one day at a time right now lol 🙂 xx

  5. Congratulations! It sounds like you’re doing really well. Quite a few of my friends have had second babies recently, and it is making me feel like I’ve got it pretty easy with just the one – though broody at the same time too! Fingers crossed her sleep stays settled xx

    • Thank you, it definitely is easier with one, I wanted 2 but there have been times where I have thought we are crazy to make our lives harder, but I know it will be worth it!:) xx

  6. That picture is just gorgeous. As I was reading, you were taking me right back to when Little Man was born, which seems like only yesterday! I had a Section with him, too, and it’s hard as you want to do more with a toddler and newborn to care for, but yes, make the most of the paternity leave and rest up as much as you can – the busy time when you’re flying solo will soon come! Glad that you’re all adapting and I do hope Little Miss continues to be so good! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

    • Thank you, it is so difficult and I have been guilty of doing too much on a couple of occasions but am really trying to make the most of hubs being home and helping as i am definitely nervous of those first days on my own! I wonder what my wotw will be that week, possibly eeek! 😉 xx

  7. It sounds like you are all settling in to it nicely! Such a lovely photo of the three of you and it’s good to hear that Monkey is getting used to being a big brother!

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  8. congrats on your newborn! I remember when we had SB it took about a month for my toddler to adjust to it all! Sounds to me like you’re doing great. Adapting is a great way to describe it & adapt you all will. Soon it’ll be like it’s always been the four of you xo

    • Thank you, i think we have still a way to go but I know you’re right and one day it will be like it has always been the 4 of us! xx

  9. Huge congratulations and a lovely blog post, we were in your position, albeit with our first born just 11 weeks ago but it feels like a lifetime has gone by! Hope it continues to go well and congrats to you all again #PoCoLo

    • Oh yes those first weeks do seem to take forever and life changes so much doesn’t it? 11 weeks feels a long way off to me right now! 🙂 Congratulations to you too! xx

  10. Lucas & Grace say – YAY Monkey!!! What a fab big brother you’re making. It’s good to see you sharing your toys. We’re looking forward to welcoming Little Miss into the GL Gang xxx #pocolo

  11. When I saw this photo on FB I had to comment as you look amazing and soooooo happy. I am awaiting your future posts with glee as I cannot wait to hear all your stories. Monkey is being an exceptional big brother. Couldn’t be more happier for a lovely family xxx #pocolo

    • Thank you lovely that’s so kind, I am sure there will be many stories to come 🙂 he is being such a good boy it really is lovely and I hope it stays that way! 🙂 xx

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