Week 38

Week 38-5

Dear Genevieve,

Can I just say “Ouch, I tell you. Ouch!”. Your teeth hurt man! All 8 of them. Now I know it’s not your fault. You are not biting me. That’s not the problem. Now that you are cutting more teeth though, it’s abrasive. There are a lot more sharp things to rub against as you suck and swallow and it hurts. Not to the point that I want to go that’s it and cut off your supply but I don’t really look forward to breastfeeding you. The pump is not that much fun either. It doesn’t have any teeth but I am often still sore when I start so it isn’t what you would call comfortable. Oh well. We’ll see how it goes. I’m hoping it does go. Away…And takes your new habit with it.

I don’t know whether you just love the sound of your own voice or if what whatever we are doing is really pissing you off but you have taken to screeching like a banshee when you are not happy. We are trying to teach you the concept of an inside voice but I’d almost settle for an outside voice occasionally when faced with you belting out your displeasure at the top of your lungs. If things aren’t just so for you, you really let us know. So that’s what I don’t like at the moment. You are having your own issues.

Week 38-2

You have been getting more particular of late. At least with food. It used to be that whatever we put in front of you would practically be inhaled. Now things are a bit more hit and miss. It appears to be brands more than particular foods though. And specific lines more than the textures of the food in question. And to be honest, I tasted some of the things you turned your nose up at and I don’t blame you for not being interested.

Another thing you weren’t impressed with this week was your new car seat. Your legs got too long for the old one because whilst your shoulders were not past the line, your feet were sticking out the end. So we bought you a top of the line car seat. It’s cushy, it’s got all these safety and convenience features and it even has speakers in the head rest that you can hook up to a smart phone! You so don’t care. We have kept you rear facing because it’s safer for you but you’ve never faced the front so that’s nothing new. When you got to try out the seat for the first time though, you screamed. All the way to Kindy. Your dad told me you absolutely hated it. Thankfully as the week went on you got used to it because otherwise long car trips would be a nightmare.

Week 38

Another thing you seem to be getting used to is this sitting thing. Up until late, when we have let you go you have usually done the slow lean forward till your nose is in close proximity to your toes. Oh to be that flexible again…You do not immediately list to the side when not bolstered or propped up by something (or someone) but you don’t quite have the core strength to stay upright either. The moments between hey look, I’m not holding her, shes sitting and no, wait, there she goes are getting longer though, and you managed a wobbly couple of minutes today which was a surprise.

What’s not a surprise in that it seems to be a recurring theme now is that you still have a bad cough. I believe it’s something that we just have to wait out, no matter how painful or inconvenient but your dad is not always of the same mind. We had a fight this week about whether to take you to the doctor. He was for and I was against. My argument was that it wasn’t that I didn’t care or that I was lax, it was that I didn’t want to waste everyone’s time because I didn’t think anything could be done. Your dad’s argument was that I was not a trained medical professional so how could I possibly know. Let’s just say my mummy gut is still working…

Week 38-4

As is the mummy ability to function through constantly broken sleep. I think it’s probably about a year or so now since I had a solid night’s sleep. What a depressing thought…At the end of the pregnancy, I always woke up whenever I had to turn over because when your belly is that big, it takes conscious effort to manoeuvre. The plus then was that I didn’t have to get out of bed. Since you arrived though, I have been getting up for night feeds. You started to lull me into a false sense of security there for a week or two when the sleep stretches overnight got longer but now they have gone straight back to 3 hours at a time. Which is not as much fun. Apparently sleep is not a thing you love. Unlike banging things.

Week 38-3

You have well and truly discovered the joy of percussion. You delight in creating sound and will bang anything you can get your hand around. And I mean anything. Metal things are a real favourite. You will bang loud and you will bang long and generally attack the activity with gusto. You are not particular about which hand you use either as you will often swap implements from your right to your left hand and then back again. You are a very equal opportunity banger. I initially thought that this must be a stage that almost all children go through and then it was pointed out by another mother of three that no, you are a little more crazy than other kids. We love you anyway though.

Alles Liebe,

Lexelah

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Week 37

Week 37-4

Dear Genevieve,

A comment that we get frequently from friends (and from strangers) is how happy and smiley you are. You are such a cheerful child most of the time. So much so in fact that it’s sometimes hard to tell if you are sick or uncomfortable because you seem so content. We expected to have a lot of grief when you started teething but more often than not, we have learned about new teeth after the fact. As in we look in your mouth and go hey, theres another one! I don’t know if they hurt you or not. Perhaps they didn’t. Or at least not very much. Perhaps to date you have been either sick or uncomfortable but never enough to get really upset about. This week was a little different.

Week 37-2

I think we have finally reached your pain threshold because this week, you were definitely not very cheery. Your cough is no better and you still suffer from short sharp barks, especially at night, that push all the air out of your lungs. After several seconds of coughing you often cry or moan as if to say mum, why does it hurt so much?!? I wish I could take the worst of it for you. And I even say that knowing that you must have been feeling pretty bad of late. At least some of the time. Since starting Kindy you have been getting very good at sharing. Just about every illness you have caught so far, you have given to me. And this week there was a doozy.

Week 37-3

One evening as we were getting you ready for bed, I started to feel a little off. After you had gone to sleep, I really wasn’t feeling good at all so I went to bed too. I felt queasy, I felt cold and I felt achy all over. Right up until the point that I tossed my cookies and worshiped the porcelain god. After that I felt much better. And up to feeding you when you next woke up. I must admit, I was worried that you might awaken whilst I was feeling disgusting and want a feed but thankfully, you slept through the worst of the bug that got me.

Week 37

This week, we also discovered that if I act like a complete fool, you think it’s really funny. Your dad makes stupid noises and faces at you all the time but for some reason, this week, I did my “chicken tonight” impersonation, complete with clucking and you started to laugh. It really is a lovely sound. I just wish I didn’t have to act quite so stupid in order for you to do it with me. Apparently I am not as fun as your dad. Or Neighbourette’s kids. They really are the big brother and sister you will never have. They dote on you and play with you and at the pool, they splash and shout at you with complete abandon while you sit there and laugh. We are very lucky.

Alles Liebe,

Lexelah

Week 36

Week 36-2

Dear Genevieve,

You and your dad have this new game going that gets played every night before you have a shower. As I undress you on your change table, your dad likes to surprise you, scare you and tickle you. Although not necessarily in that order. One of the things he does is to walk out of your bedroom, pulling the door to, and then burst back in with a loud Boo! Depending on how long he stands outside your door, your conception of object permanence goes and he ends up scaring the crap out of you. When you are at least topless and looking at him though, he will often give you raspberries (under your arm mostly) until you laugh.

Week 36-5

Another thing he does is to move out of your line of sight by getting down on the floor beside your change table. From there, he will call your name until you twist around to peek over the edge at which point he moves his face right up to yours and sings out peek-a-boo! This doesn’t scare you so much as surprise you and cause you to bury your head in the change mat whilst pushing your butt into the air before lowering it and resting on your chest. It’s a somewhat difficult movement to describe. It’s almost a crawl as you actually propel yourself towards the wall (I have to grab your feet so you don’t bash your head) but not quite. It’s kind of like “the worm”. It amuses your dad no end though. And he took this photo the other day which he keeps looking at because it makes him laugh.

Week 36

Speaking of photos, we had a family portrait session this week. Your father and I had portraits taken last year on our anniversary when I was pregnant with you so we decided to go back this year now that you are here. It was a long day for you with a fair bit of travel, new people and being asked to smile constantly (not that you fully understand that yet). We also kept telling you to stick your tongue back in your mouth. As soon as it was gone, we’d look at the camera but every time we looked back at you, there it was again. At the time I was thinking this was a new thing but then I started looking over old photos and realised that you have been doing for a while…

Week 36-3

You, madam, just like doing things your own way. Even sleep. I heard this week that whilst you do nap at kindy on the days that I work, apparently you are not partial to doing it in a cot. They have perfectly nice beds set up for all the infants but you, they need to put in the pram. If we are out with friends, you won’t sleep in our pram. At least not if we put you there for that purpose. If we are walking about, you might eventually fall asleep but if the pram is not moving, not a chance. At kindy though, this is usually the only way they can get you to go to sleep. Go figure.

Week 36-4

The only other thing I have noticed this week is the face you have started making when we feed you. I’m not sure why you do it. It doesn’t seem to be something you do when you have had enough or when you are not partial to what we are feeding you. There doesn’t seem to be much rhyme or reason to it at all. During most feeds however, at some point you will screw up your nose, squint and pinch your lips. And move your head as far away from food on a spoons you can get. It’s very inconvenient.

Alles Liebe,

Lexelah

Week 35

Week 35-5

Dear Genevieve,

You started swimming this week. You still are not 100% healthy (neither am I) but you seemed well enough to be put in a pool so off to swimming we went. And you did really well. Last time we took you to the pool, you seemed a bit unsure of being in such a large amount of water. You clung to me nervously and became distressed when you were splashed. This time I submerged you with no issues.

As this week was your first lesson, the instructor said to keep your head above water and to take it easy. About half way through the lesson though, she said you seemed comfortable so I should try submerging you. You were happy as Larry. You weren’t that interested in learning to kick in the pool but you were quite happy to splash around and go for a dunk. And that is half the point of lessons. They are not swimming lessons so much as water awareness. They want to teach you not to be afraid of the water and (should you ever fall in) to always turn back in direction from which you fell and grab the edge.

Week 35-4

So you were happy at the pool and you are happy at Kindy. You have been doing your three days a week for a month now and you have settled into the routine of it all. Your dad tells me that you now recognise the staff when he drops you off in the morning. Instead of leaving you going hello, you’re a new person, are you going to entertain me?, he leaves you going hey, cool, I know you, we have fun together! Which is hardly surprising because you get a lot of love at Kindy. Everyone knows that you are Miss Dawn’s great niece. And apparently various family members come and abscond with you from time to time for a cuddle. You don’t get any special treatment at all…

Week 35-2

And of course, you being in day care for a month means that I have been back at work. Which is great except for the fact that my office is not what you’d call breast feeding friendly. When we had the new office fitted out last year, it never occurred to me that I might need somewhere to express this year. It wasn’t that I thought I already would have given up breast feeding by now, I just didn’t think about it at all. So since returning, I have been faced with the need to express during the day in an open plan workplace where the meeting rooms and offices have windows for walls and most of the internal doors don’t have locks.

Week 35-3

I know breast feeding mothers have rights and all that but I am just not someone who is comfortable getting their boobs out when anyone in the office could just walk in or peek through a window. Actually, I probably wouldn’t mind it if I was breast feeding but there is something both awkward and almost embarrassing about a breast pump. So I use the comms room instead. A room which has a handy power point, no windows, no reason to be entered by most of the staff and a lock to which most of the staff don’t even have a key anyway. Which is great. And cold…But there is still something somewhat undignified about sneaking of to a cupboard with a server rack in it. Oh well.

Week 35

Everything is worthwhile when I get home to see your smiling face. And you do smile. All the time. I remember months ago when I was concerned that you didn’t laugh and were always so serious. It used to take great effort on our part to get you to crack a smile and even then, they were fleeting. Now you can be all smiles. And other people see it too. We get so many comments about how gorgeous and happy you are. So we have to be doing something right as parents. Hopefully we don’t screw that up. We love you and we do try our best.

Alles Liebe,

Lexelah