2 Weeks with a Newborn

So newborn Piglet came on the scene two weeks tomorrow. Everyone always says it seems like they have always been here and it’s so true. She has just become part of the family and really adored and loved by all.

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So how has she been and how have we been?

Piglet and Feeding

She is a little pig and like most newborn babes, she has no routine or structure to when she wants to eat. She has taken up breastfeeding like she was born to do it. Latching fine and we are hoping to trial a bottle and express soon. We have noticed the cluster feeding starting a bit mid pm and the evenings but not everyday. I’ve fed in public and all been fine. It all comes back to you second time around and far less worries or needing to take a boob curtain.

Sleeping

The first few days we had the constant night feeding as expected. Knackering but easier to cope with second time around. This has improved as my milk came in and unbelievably we have had some 3-6 hour night sleep stretches. I think this often depends on day naps. If Piglet crashes for the whole pm, more feeds at night. If she cluster feeds and cat naps we get better night sleep. Variable and no pattern yet but hey sleep is sleep and I’ll take some randomness.ย She is much more alert in the day now, than the first week and alert cuddles are so lovely.

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Temperament

Piglet is very chilled. I’m wondering if it is because we leave her alone in the bouncer when she’s quiet or it’s just her. She does get a bit fed up after a little while and wants some cuddles. The gremlin is very hands on and her sister just takes it!! Crying comes when cold after baths and she kind of yells if hungry and being ignored. I’m sure the gremlin was similar but definitely found her voice later on!ย 

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How am I?

Pretty good to be honest. Physically the hardest part was coping with being engorged as my milk came in and this lasted a good 4 days. The gremlin and I were both in tears after she whacked me in the boobs. My tummy is slowly going down and I am getting out for a walk each day. I’m hoping to get back to the gym for light cardio after 4 weeks. I have had a little pelvic discomfort which I had when pregnant towards the end so will see how that goes. I didn’t seem to have the “crying day” but have had a few tearful moments. Mainly surrounding me not being pregnant anymore (!), sore boobs and being upset if the gremlin looked upset or rejected me a bit. We will get there I’m sure. In terms of coping with 2, the gremlin’s roughness with Piglet and her giddiness seem to be the biggest things that stress me out!!

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How is Hubby?

I think hubster was pretty stressed and anxious about me going into labour as he has felt since the birth more wound up and preferring to be in his comfort zones more. He has done a bit more with the gremlin, like baths and got up with her when tired which has been great. He also feels a deep bond with little Piglet and we enjoy some cuddles with her when the gremlin is in bed. Think he is ready to go back to work, as will take some time off with us next month.

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How is the Gremlin?

She has been extremely accepting of Piglet and completely smothers her with affection(!) Yes she is a tad rough and we hate nagging her. In terms of behaviour, her usual giddiness has been present and we have had some issues with not listening. We have noticed that one on one she is golden but the craziness happens if Piglet wakes and takes our attention! I have found it hard when she has rejected me in favour of hubby or I have had the odd “I don’t like Mummy” but not too much. She has been upset on numerous occasions if we have shouted at her and we are aware she is a bit more sensitive. I think the real test will be next week when Daddy is back to work and I will have 2-3 days with her alone, depending on if my Mum comes around!

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What have we been up to?

Hubby’s paternity leave has completely flown by but we haven’t really done that much it seems! Visitors have not been huge – mainly family and close friends. We have gone to soft play and out for lunch, for walks, into town and had people over. On the gremlin’s nursery days the first week, we rested and tried to sleep. The second week, we were less tired and went into Solihull, registered Piglet and ate out. I do feel like we have been in a bubble and reality will kick in next week when I solo parent 2 little munchkins.

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I can’t actually believe I have 2 children now. A newborn! The pregnancy did feel long this time around and crazily after all the discomfort in the last 3 weeks, I am really missing it! Typical. I was exactly the same with the gremlin!

I’ll be back with a little update for Piglet when she hits 4 weeks old.

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  1. October 10, 2016 / 8:57 am

    Aww lovely to hear you’re all doing so well, and life with 2 is so good so far. I hope all goes OK next week when Hubs is back to work xxx

  2. October 10, 2016 / 9:13 am

    You’re doing so well!! The first weeks are always the hardest and with our youngest being 3 months it definitely feels a blur.

  3. October 11, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Aw hunny – such gorgeous pics of your beautiful little family. It’s lovely to see how much The Gremlin adores her little sister already. I know it’s easy for me to say but try not to feel guilty or that you’re taking anything away from The Gremlin. Once Piglet is up on her feet your big girl will be overjoyed with her new playmate and you’ll really be able to see what an amazing gift you have given her – a little sis! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congratulations again xx #MarvMondays
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  4. October 12, 2016 / 8:58 am

    I enjoyed reading your post! It made me remember those days, when my kids were newborns..They are only 1 year appart, so they were practicly raised like twins..It would be interesting to see, how it would be like with an older sibling..;)
    #bestandworst

  5. Sarah (Mum x3x)
    October 12, 2016 / 9:03 am

    Oh my goodness so much cuteness!! Congratulations by the way! Your baby is beautiful. Good to hear you’re well and you look AMAZING! 3-6 hours sleep stretches is very good! ๐Ÿ™‚ Lovely post #Bestandworst

  6. October 12, 2016 / 9:04 am

    She is just so cute!!!! and I can’t believe how quick you got your figure back, you look fab! #Bestandworst
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  7. October 12, 2016 / 9:43 am

    Glad it seems a bit more manageable the next time round! Looks like the little one is settling in nicely ๐Ÿ™‚
    #bestandworst

  8. October 12, 2016 / 10:28 am

    Awww. It sounds like it is going really well and that you are doing fab! I am now really broody! #bestandworst
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  9. October 12, 2016 / 10:47 am

    What a lovely updated, loving all the photos, both of your girls are so cute! It must be a tough time for Gremlin at the moment, a huge mixture of emotions, which must in turn be difficult for you to deal with as well as a newborn! Good luck for when hubby goes back to work! #bestandworst
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  10. October 12, 2016 / 11:34 am

    Ah she is just so cute! I bet it’s just been a bit of a crazy whirlwind the last couple of weeks really. A big adjustment for everyone but sounds like you’re all doing well! #Bestandworst
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  11. October 12, 2016 / 2:48 pm

    congratulations on your beautiful family! siblings are the best and your daughters will love each other sooo much! #bestandworst

  12. October 12, 2016 / 3:12 pm

    Sounds really great ๐Ÿ™‚ glad you’re enjoying it and getting used to no sleep! #bestandworst

  13. October 12, 2016 / 3:48 pm

    So cute! It sounds like you have everything under control. I was a sleep deprived zombie at that stage. It’s all a blur. I vaguely remember falling asleep with my eyes open while in the waiting room at one of Peachy’s early checkups. #bestandworst

  14. October 12, 2016 / 4:24 pm

    I remember reading your 40 week update (if it was) where you were literally ready to pop, it’s so lovely to be able to catch up with you all and see how you are coping. I particularly love the picture of both your children asleep next to each other. Pure innocence and love. Sounds like things are going swimmingly and I wish you many more times like this.
    #BestandWorst

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  15. October 12, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    Sounds like you’re handling 2 little ones so well! It must be really tough telling the Gremlin not to be too rough when really she is just wanting to show Piglet some love. I hope the tougher parts ease up in the next fortnight #bestandworst
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  16. October 12, 2016 / 6:14 pm

    Gorgeous! Glad to hear that it’s all going well, she is absolutely beautiful and Gremlin looks like the most amazing big sister, I knew she would be!! Mine were all a little TOO affectionate with Harry, especially Megan (she didn’t get the nickname Megatron without good reason!) but they did learn that they had to be gentle, and my nerves just about survived those first few weeks!! You look amazing by the way!! #bestandworst
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  17. October 12, 2016 / 7:34 pm

    It sounds like you’re settling in really well. Having only the one myself and still indecisive on a second I’m always really keen to hear how second time around mummy’s get on in the first few weeks. It scares the bejeesus out of me if I’m honest! Good for you though and I hope it goes smoothly when hubby is back at work. You look fab by the way! #bestandworst
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  18. October 12, 2016 / 7:51 pm

    Aww well done lovely! It sounds like you’re all doing really well and have settled into being a family of four nicely. The second child not listening, I dont like mummy moments are totally normal and will settle down when shes most used to being a sibling and sharing mummy and daddy – it does happen. Good luck next week, hopefully you’ll be pleasantly surprised like I was ๐Ÿ™‚ Emily #bestandworst

  19. Nige
    October 12, 2016 / 8:01 pm

    Those first weeks can be tough sounds like you are doing a great job thanks for hosting bestandworst

  20. October 13, 2016 / 12:12 am

    Lovely to see pics of your wonderful family of four now:) And great that you’re managing so well with two – and still have the time to blog. Keep it up!!!
    #bestandworst

  21. October 13, 2016 / 2:15 pm

    So so so cute. You’re all doing so well. I hope it will do nothing but get better as you find your groove. #bestandworst

  22. October 13, 2016 / 11:28 pm

    Its not easy having 2 esp if they are very close in age (mine are 19 months apart) it will all click into place. Its amazing how quickly you adapt from being a mum of one to s mum of two . #bestandworst

  23. October 14, 2016 / 11:37 am

    You look SO happy! Congratulations hun. Enjoy that little family of yours. ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. October 14, 2016 / 2:59 pm

    Oh congratulations again. You have such a beautiful family, and it’s lovely to read how you’re all getting on (as well as see lots of beautiful photos of course!) Gremlin looks so over the moon with her baby sister – long may that continue! Well done for being back into the swing of things so quickly xx #BestandWorst

  25. October 15, 2016 / 4:43 pm

    Lovely to read about her settling in and you all adjusting. #bestandworst
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  26. October 18, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Aww she’s so cute! Sounds like it’s all going well. Funny the say second children fit in like they were always there! #bestandworst
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