Wednesday June 24th 2009

Well life seems to just be settling down into a vaguely normal rhythm and I haven’t updated the blog for a little while! We really enjoyed the visit from Aunty Ali.  There was lots of outings to the shops and coffee and also to see the sights in Bristol and Bath.  We are thankful that Aunty Ali was here to make the gorgeous 5kg and 7 month birthday cake.  It was as delicious as it looks.

Eva weighed in at 5.45kg (12lb) yesterday.  Whenever we have been on Skype lately both sets of grandparents say they have seen Eva getting bigger and she really is.  Again clothes are starting to get too small!  Luckily there is plenty more to choose from.  She really isn’t newborn size anymore which is nice.  Eva is starting to get real baby fat and look like a healthy chubby baby (almost). Her hair is really thickening and her eyelashes are longer.

Sadly Eva and I are struggling a little with breastfeeding at the moment.  I’m not sure if it is related to the amount of solids she is eating or teething. Im going to try and reduce her solids over the next few days to see if there is an improvement.  There is a local breastfeeding support group on Fridays so I think I will go there this week to get some more ideas.

One of the lovely things about going out and about with a baby is that people smile.  Lots of people smile at you and the baby and of course it is a great conversation starter.  It’s so lovely to think that Eva adds a smile to someone’s day. 

Swimming is going well.  Eva enjoys the 30 min lesson so much that she is sad when it is over!  Of course she is probably hungry and cold too!  Anyway the crying seems to have lessened which is nice.  At least other babies cry too.

Eva’s little friend Grace has been in hospital with an infection.  She is now home with her family and improving.  Please send prayers for her continued recovery.

Thursday June 10th 2009

Eva reached the dizzy heights of 5kg today!  We feel that it is quite an achievement for her and us. Astrid the health visitor came to see us and announced the weight of 5.08kg (11lb3oz).  Eva was quite pleased with herself and was having a ball on the scales kicking around.  Eva was really chatting and giggling with Astrid.  She just loves to impress new people.  

Today Aunty Ali joined us at swimming.  Eva seemed to be better in the pool with crying only at the end.  She went in without the wetsuit today which meant she didn’t float too much.  This did mean that she got cooler.  I think we will persist with the wetsuit because she uses so much energy trying to maintain her heat and was shivering when she got out.  This week I took her under the water instead of the instructor.  The instructor had a 9 week premmie baby so was asking about Eva and which hospital we were at.  Eva was very upset when she got out.  I think we will need to go to the pool locally a few times for short swims just for Eva and I to improve our routine after swimming!

We thoroughly enjoyed our day in Bath.  Eva coped remarkably well with being a tourist and enjoyed being in the pram or the sling.  There were a few loud moments like sitting on the grass in the middle of The Circus (a circle of buildings) with Eva screaming and tour buses passing!  We had cream tea in the Jane Austen tea rooms and Alison visited the Roman Baths.  I purchased some gorgeous winter boots at a shop that someone told be about in December 2007 when we found out that we would be living in Bristol.  I finally got there in June 2009!

This week we bought Eva a Bumbo seat.  It is a moulded foam seat to help her to be in the sitting position.  She is gradually getting used to it and hopefully she will be able to sit in it for eating.  

It’s time for bed now after an entertaining night of 5kg cake making of which you will see the results tomorrow!

Monday June 8th 2009

Eva has now lived with us at home for the same amount of days that she lived in hospital!  Isn’t that great?  Had we not counted it seems to us that this time at home has been much longer.  Eva has just changed so much in the past 105 days and has progressed so far.  We are enjoying our time with Alison here and have been having lots of laughs.  We have checked out Bristol including shops with baby/children’s clothes.  We are off to Bath tomorrow.