Alaska is 10 weeks old today and apparently now is finally the time the time when I can find the time of day to write weekly updates, woo!
an adorable picture of baby feet (I’m obsessed!) they’re just too cute!!
So this week, on Monday, we started our morning like we usually do with a load of cleaning in the morning. After a set of laundry and washing up mummy finally got to have some breakfast while Alaska had her morning nap. Later on (after two nappy explosions), my friend Alex came to see Alaska. We spent a nice day gossiping and catching up while Alaska made little ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ sounds to join in the conversation. All of this while Liam was at work. After Alex left, by 6pm I was ready to march up to Liam’s work to get a hug. Alaska was cranky and would not sleep but at 7pm, Liam surprised us by finishing 3 hours early and coming home for family cuddles. Alaska settled down after a cuddle from daddy and I calmed down too. We were a complete family. We spent the evening hanging out but when Alaska was still up at midnight, I was ready to break down and cry. Liam told me to go to sleep and by 1am she was fast asleep in her cot while I was catching up on my sleep.
daddy and Alaska in their cool hats:)
Tuesday started for me at 7am when Alaska woke up smiling at mummy for breakfast. After settling down, Alaska sat in her swing while mummy got our bags ready (I will make a post about how to best pack a changing bag, promise!). At 9:35, I was still running around grabbing things and throwing them into my bag and by 9:40, we set off for our 9:40 doctor’s appointment. Alaska had her 8 week rotavirus vaccination which had to be done a week late because at our last week’s vaccinations, Alaska threw up her vaccination along with about 10 pints of milk and covered the doctor (she looked ecstatic after hahaha) so we had to come in for another try a week later and she loved the taste of it this time. After, I dressed Alaska in her snowsuit and put her in her pram. By the time we got out of the doctor’s, she was fast asleep. We took a lovely walk in the sun (which she slept through as usual) and went to our baby group. The last baby group we were going to ended because it was only on for 6 weeks and this time, due to my post natal depression and other problems, I was advised to go to a group called MINOS (Mums In Need Of Support) and as sceptical I was about going, I still went to see what it’s like. I thought it would be a really depressing and awkward group but I was pleasantly surprised. As it’s the half term, only 4 mums who don’t have older kids to look after came so we all got to know each other better. They weren’t as old as the mums who usually came to baby groups and I actually got on with a girl called Alice so well that we walked home together. I always think that having similar lives to other people helps when trying to make friends and she has a similar life situation to me except from she’s a single mum. When I got home, I made dinner (roast chicken, mash and two salad choices) of course, after Alaska had her dinner, then I got Alaska to sleep and my friend Magda and her mum (who’s my mum’s friend) came over to finally meet Alaska. They haven’t met her yet because they live far away. Alaska got a lovely dress from them.
the dress Alaska got from Magda and her mum
And we sat and gossiped for hours while Liam was with his friends. When they left, I did three loads of laundry because I bought Alaska a load of 3-6 (adorable) clothes at a Nearly New Baby Table Top Sale on Saturday. I then watched Hell’s Kitchen with my parents while Alaska slept and then it was Alaska’s bath time with mummy and daddy.
On Wednesday, after a lovely family morning of cuddles and lying in until 11am, Liam went off to appointments and Alaska and mummy did some housework. After two sets of laundry, cleaning our bedroom, taking bins out and an overall tidy-up; daddy came home and we spent some time together. He then went to see his friends while mummy and Alaska cuddled and watched The Help. Halfway through, my friends Magda and Ksymena came to see me and Alaska and we gossiped over some sherry while Alaska tried to join our conversation with coos and a lot of heart-warming smiles. Then, she got to sleep and mummy finally got to have some time on Pinterest and to write on this blog. Then mummy started to sort out the loads of clean clothes she bought at the weekend but gave up with a big pile in the middle of the room.
On Thursday, after I made Liam some eggy bread for breakfast and when he went to work, I had morning cuddles with Alaska and played with her and then when my mum got home at midday, I got ready, tidied up our room and went to town to sort out some things. My mum was staying with Alaska so I got to shop without having to worry about getting the pram into shops and thinking about feeding times… I relaxed but after about an hour my legs were killing from power walking and I was frustrated because, of course, when I had money to spend there was nothing decent to buy. So finally I ended up getting some (yummy) pastry from the farmer’s market and enjoying that in the sun. I also bought Let Me In DVD for me, Liam and Alaska to watch on family movie night and I bought two notebooks to use for budgeting when we move out. I’m currently reading about 50 articles about budgeting and trying to find a way which will work best for us. Anyway, our night ended up with trying to get Alaska to sleep while watching Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King (which we didn’t finish because we were too tired from getting Alaska to sleep to actually pay attention to what’s going on.
the beautiful notebooks I bought to keep track of our finances:)
Friday was a lovely sunny day and as Liam got ready for work and I made him breakfast, Alaska napped. Then she got up for a bottle and started looking around so mummy had a shower with Alaska in her rocking chair in the bathroom, smiling at the sound of water splashing. I then got us ready and by 12, we were out of the house and on the bus to see Alaska’s Nana, Auntie Lexi, Auntie India, Auntie Storm and Uncle Zane. Alaska stayed awake for most of the bus trip and fell asleep when we were walking to Liam’s mum’s house. She woke up pretty much as soon as we got there. Auntie Storm had a cuddle with Alaska and as soon as I made myself a coffee, Alaska’s Nana , Auntie India, Auntie Lexi and Uncle Zane came home from the shop. Liam’s mum and me spent the day talking while she cuddled Alaska (pretty much didn’t let her out of her hands because she only sees her every other week or so 😦 ). This meant that I had a little rest from taking care of a baby that can’t tell me what she wants just yet and got to play with toddlers who can actually tell me what they want. Lexi must have missed me because she was wrapped around me like a little monkey for most of the day, even while I made us both sandwiches. I figured it’s good to get used to taking care of a two-year-old since I’m gonna have to do it sooner rather than later (and she’s so cute!). We also watched Frozen but I was talking over it too much to actually watch it but a catch-up with Liam’s mum had to happen. At around 5pm, we all got ready and got on the bus back to our town but Liam’s mum took the kids for a McDonalds and got off early while me and Alaska went home. I got home and while my mum (who seemed weirdly jealous of us spending the whole day with Alaska’s other grandma) cuddled and fed Alaska, I made tea (roast pork, leek, pepper and mushroom pie!) for Liam and me. It was surprisingly tasty, woo-hoo and officially the first pie I made all by myself from scratch! After tea, we moved our sleepy grumpet to her cot and she fell asleep as soon as her head touched her comfy bed. We settled down to spend some ‘apart’ time together which means Liam played his (crappy) game and I sat down to reply to Facebook messages and write this up, all while Alaska slept.
smiley girl 😀
On Friday, Alaska decided that it’s playtime at 3am so while I was half-conscious on the sofa, she played on her playmat (we sneaked out of our room so that daddy could get sleep before work). She played until 6am and then had a half an hour nap. Completely sleep deprived, I drank a bottle of Coke throughout the day. Alaska spent the morning playing and eating and had a little nap so mummy could have a shower. Around midday, Liam got up and I made him breakfast and then he played with Alaska and cuddled her while I cleaned our room, took out our rubbish, did a set of laundry and then spent some time on my laptop, sorting things out while Alaska had quality daddy time. She is such a daddy’s girl that she wouldn’t stop talking and smiling at her daddy for about an hour. Liam went to work at 4pm and mummy got to have some (about fifteen minutes) time to wee and make some crepes for my tea. Of course, as soon as they were ready to eat Alaska woke up and wanted her food so I ended up feeding her while eating. She then had a nap so I filled out some forms to sort out Child Tax Credits and then my mum came home with our hairdresser and her 4-year-old daughter. Mummy got to have some ‘me’ time and got a haircut while Babcia looked after her. I got about 4 inches cut off of my hair so I now feel bald lol. My hair was in such terrible condition though my ends were just breaking all by themselves. After my haircut, my hairdresser, my mum and my hairdresser’s little girl all adored our little princess as they were only just meeting her. After they left, I tried to get Alaska to sleep starting at 8pm, by midnight, we were both asleep. Liam came home at 3am from work and we spent some time together but I was so sleepy that after Alaska’s 3am feed, I went to sleep at 4am when she did while Liam stayed up for a bit to relax after work.
Alaska and mummy with her new haircut (looking crappy)
On Sunday, at 8am, Alaska woke up again and so I made her milk and went to my parents room and because they were out, I put the tv on and fed Alaska and then napped while she watched Rio and napped. At 10, we got up and Alaska settled down for playtime, mummy washed her face and had breakfast. Then Alaska had to be picked up because that’s just the sort of day she’s having so we had cuddles. She spent the day wanting to be fed a little bit, falling asleep for 10 minutes then waking up as soon as I let her out of my arms so I couldn’t really do anything except from cuddles with our little Grumpet. Then, Liam got up at 3pm and spent some time with us (of course Alaska was smiling and laughing with him) and then he left for work at 4:30. My mum came home and spent some time with her granddaughter while I wrote this up. We’re planning on spending tonight watching Project Runway and relaxing (which for me is a lot of time spent on Pinterest and picking out paint colours etc for our flat).
I hope you enjoyed and here’s my little kitten today:
in her cute Diney kitten outfit:’) (she hates hats so it had to come off as soon as I got a picture