Feed me, Seymour

Why do children lull you into a false sense of security.  Just when you think that you have got them into a routine, they go and change it all on you.  Last week we began a new regime to try to introduce day naps and the dream feed so that hopefully Éowyn would sleep through to the morning and for a couple of days it seemed to be working.  Great we thought.

Well, the pick up, put down technique that we are using for the day naps  is a lot of hard work and initially she took to it rather well but now it can take Éowyn up to 45 minutes before she falls asleep.  Back breaking work.  Then she only sleeps for 30 minutes.  It is always 30 minutes.  Not 23 minutes, not 37 minutes, always half an hour, plus or minus 2 minutes.  It is like she has some kind of internal 30 minute egg timer!  Sometimes it doesn’t feel that it is worth the effort.

At least the dream feed is working: she doesn’t wake while taking the 10:30pm feed.  It still doesn’t seem natural to me though.   After a couple of days of sleeping until 0630, she has reverted to waking far too early, between 0400 and 0500; so despite the early success it is fair to say that we haven’t quite cracked it yet.

She is still enjoying her food, although from some of the pictures below you may not believe me.  She has added, Papaya and Peas to her menu over the last week, as well as the Banana, Apple, Pear, Sweet Potato and Carrots that she has already eaten.  She has a better diet than me!

Her social life is better than mine too.  At least twice a week she goes out and sometimes that can stretch to everyday.  It is nice to see her interact with other babies.  They tend to stare at each other across a room, and if they are close they reach out just to see if the other one is real.  It is fascinating to watch.

We went for a long walk around Virginia Waters last weekend, which is hard work when pushing a pram.  However, we are now armed with Lucinda’s brothers old off-road three wheeler.  Hopefully that will make such walks a lot easier and a gentler ride for Éowyn as the pneumatic tyres smooth out some of the smaller bumps.  It will be good exercise for Lucinda and I, to try and shed the extra pounds we have gained since becoming parents.  Éowyn is also gaining weight but at a much steadier pace, she now tips the scales at a healthy 16lbs 3 oz (7.342kgs).

Please enjoy the latest photos, I have to go and take Éowyn to get a Mother’s Day card and present, it will be Lucinda’s first Mother’s day as a mother.  How cool is that?

Love and peace and happy mother’s day to all moms out there, especially Lucinda’s and mine!