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This has been an amazing month. Paige has changed so much. She laughs, she grabs things with her perfect fingers, she smiles at people she knows. She chatters away and entertains herself. She likes to be sitting up, rather than lying down. She growls at me when I don’t feed her quickly enough. She sleeps through every night. She is a joy. She is all mine and I love her completely.  Here are a few photos of my beautiful girl.

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Her first Easter.

 

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Little dress I made for her.

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Perfect!

I love staying home with my baby and I am in no rush to get back to work. My finances dictate that I will have to go back around July/August and I am not looking forward to it. I am currently on half-pay maternity and holiday leave which runs out mid-year. I have been managing reasonably well on half-pay so at this stage I will only be doing 2 days a week.

The major obstacle to going back is childcare. It is really difficult to get a place for your child where I live. On one hand I hate the idea of handing her over to strangers for 2 days a week BUT on the other hand I will be desperate and worried if I can’t get a place for her because we need the pay to live. I have been visiting childcare centres and have found a few that seem nice. We are on waiting lists now (have actually been on them since I was 5 months pregnant), with fingers crossed. Some of the people working in them look like teenagers, I like it when they have more mature staff.  The hospital where I work does have a large centre on site and it would be excellent if I can get her in there as I will be able to visit and breastfeed her.

After a conversation with one of the managers I am hoping that if I can get it organised, I will introduce Paige slowly. Just a few hours at first, then half days, then full days. This is for my benefit as well as hers. It is playing on my mind a lot and I think it is going to be quite hard to leave her. I am worrying about something that I can’t avoid. I went to childcare myself and don’t think I’ve turned out any worse for it 😉 but it is the whole trusting other people to do what I want to be doing for myself.

Hopefully this will all happen before August or I really don’t know how we are going to manage financially.

I made a little blanket with ribbon tags for Paige to play with. She is really fascinated by what her fingers do. Although this photo might suggest that she thinks they belong in her mouth…

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She seems to like it.

All is well with us. Paige is sleeping well, and I continue to breastfeed and supplement with formula. She is really stacking on the weight now which is great. I can’t believe how much she has changed in just 3 months. Already she seems so big compared to the tiny little baby I brought home from hospital. Her personality is becoming more and more obvious. She doesn’t like to wait – especially for her little top-up bottles. She smiles at me and melts my heart. She is the boss of me and I know it!!

I did take her for her first swim the other day, she looked so cute in her little outfit but I forgot to get a photo. Will be organising swimming lessons for her shortly. They can start learning at 3 months and it is essential for children to learn here as we are always near the water.

I will have to go back to work in a few months and I am starting to get a bit anxious about childcare, will write about that later.

Happy Easter to all.

My little chicky is 3 months old. And it is all still amazing. She holds her head up and smiles at me all the time. Her latest discovery is her hands! She holds onto me when I carry her and she rubs the fabric of her blankets and shirts between her perfect little fingers. Right now I can hear her in the next room ‘talking’ to her bear.

On the TTC front, I am now 99% sure I will be transferring my one little frozen emby in December. In the meantime I have to shift some weight in the hopes of not getting the diabetes back. I have joined WWatchers in an attempt to get motivated and shift it. I am not hugely overweight but in the interests of fitting back into my jeans (AND my health!!) I have to get moving. I would like to start TTC (and go back to work in July) smaller than I was before my BFP.

I live in a beautiful part of the world where it never gets cold! In fact it is too hot (for me) to excercise sometimes. Today I will be meeting up with a girlfriend to do a fast-walk around the river, it is 5 minutes drive from my house and really beautiful. At the end we are planning to swim at the local pools that are riverside. It will be Paige’s first swim. I might post some photos of it tomorrow.

Here is an updated picture of my darling.

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