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Day 311Florence and I went to Mothercare today to get her a playmat, because she’s been so awake and alert the past couple days I figured she needed some stimulation…you can see she’s clearly loving it.

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Day 311.jpgI attempted to take some newborn photos this morning, with the help of my sister. I thought I’d be an absolute pro at taking my own newborn photos, but turns out I was just a nervous mother! It didn’t help that the previous night we’d only slept 45 minute stints so I was exhausted and over thinking everything.

I fed Florie for pretty much an hour…although, let’s face it, she was asleep for most of that probably, and she woke up the minute we put her down in the basket. But she was totally chilled, so I just snapped away. If she was asleep we would’ve been able to position her arms and legs in a more snug position, but instead she was wriggling all over.

I’m happy to have natural newborn photos of her, not overly posed images, and it is lovely to get photos of her with her eyes open! Just need to choose some for thank you cards now…

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Day 310

Daddy went back to work today. Sob. Florence kindly slept until after he headed off, so I was able to go make his coffee and toast, as usual, but I did say I couldn’t guarantee it would happen every day (I’m writing this one week on and I can tell you, it hasn’t happened again since). I went back to bed afterwards, in the hopes of getting a bit more sleep, but, of course, Florie then decided it was time to get up.

The midwife came for our final check up before handing over to the Health Visitor. All my answers to her questions were so positive, because we were doing great!  Apart from being a little sad that Daddy was back to work, things were going really well. She checked my stitches and they were healing incredibly well. All was good!

The Breastfeeding Support Worker came to check on us today too, and by that point I had been stuck in bed with Florence attached to me for quite a while, unable to eat my lunch because I couldn’t get her in a position on my nursing pillow to go hands free. She kept falling asleep at the breast, so not really getting enough milk, and waking up when I tried to put her down wanting more milk. So with that, and the pain I was having from her latch the previous week, the BFS worker started to wonder if Florie had a tongue tie which was making it difficult for her to feed. When I watched her play with her tongue later on it looked like it was moving around fine so I figured it wasn’t that.

When Matthew got home I burst in to tears…I’d spent the whole day in bed, which I thought would be a good thing for us to do the first day without Daddy, and by the time we had our visits from the Midwife and BFS worker and Florence took forever to feed before eventually going in her bed, I hadn’t really had the chance to do anything else. It felt like a bit of a failed day! But there are going to be days like that, when she’s just wanting to feed all day, to help her grow, or to comfort her.

 

 

 

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Day 309

Florence’s first time at Church *happy face and hands emoji* The church where Daddy was baptised, grew up and became a member, and the church where Mummy and Daddy got married.

It was so lovely to get out to church this morning, where lots of lovely church family were dying to meet little Florence Elizabeth Ann. We dropped her off at creche and collected our number (which comes up on the projector screen if your child requires your assistance…it’s not because there’s an error with the projector, as I’ve thought for months) and headed in for the service.

When the first singing began, I instinctively went to place my hands on my bump, as I have done for the past 6 months, and was quite sad that Florence wasn’t there anymore. I loved that she was inside me as we sang praise to God, and I thanked the Lord for her each time. So I didn’t mind when our number came up on the screen shortly after that! Haha. Little Florence hadn’t fed for two hours so I didn’t think she’d last long if she woke up during the service, and she woke up pretty much as we closed the crèche door, so the wonderful creche ladies did well holding off for 15 minutes!

We then got to enjoy the service together in the Quiet Room with the cosy lights. So wonderful!

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Day 308.jpgFlorence attended her first ever Hen Party breakfast this morning! Sure, we spent most of the time in the bedroom, feeding, but it was so wonderful to be able to join in with at least a little bit of the celebrations for this beautiful girly, who is soon to be Mrs Munro!

When plans were hatched, a few months ago, I was sure Florence would be 4-5 weeks old by the time the Hen Party came around, not one week old…but I was determined to go for at least part of the day because Lou Lou means a lot to us! We are so excited to see her and Phil become husband and wife in January, and start the wonderful adventure of marriage.

Florence can’t wait to go shopping for her dress! Mummy is a little bit more nervous about finding something for her new Mum bod.

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One week old…what?!

This first week has been an absolute dream. Florence is so content, we’ve had a pretty decent sleep each night, we’ve been out for a couple of hours every day except one, when we just stayed in and snuggled all day, Daddy has coped surprisingly well with the interrupted sleep through the night…but he hasn’t been back at work yet! We’ve had many visitors in to meet our adorable munchkin, and many getting in touch desperate to meet her. She is so well loved already!

 

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Are you getting fed up of all the Florie spam yet? I was worrying I haven’t been taking enough photos of all her adorable little hands, feet, ears…everything! But going back through all these blog photos from the past two weeks, I’m happy to realise I have plenty of photos, haha!

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I love this little swirl on the back of her head. I can’t wait to see if she’s going to have curls! Both Matthew and I have curly hair…so you’d think she would to?

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Snug as a bug in her carseat.

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I don’t even remember what happened today…oh! We had a snuggle day! So nothing happened and that was wonderful. We both just took turns snuggling our beautiful baby girl, breathing in her newborn goodness, and I took some photos of her adorable tiny hands and feet. Ugh. I just want to eat them.