Hugo’s Five Month Birthday

As I type my little man is curled up on my chest.  I think that he may be working on his bottom centre teeth!  He has let out some awful cries over the past two days but it subsides quickly. I did wonder with all the fist sucking and drooling and today I can see them sitting just under the surface.  I ordered a small person for whom teeth just magically appeared painlessly this time around.  I guess God didn’t listen to my request!

At church this week another mum referred to Hugo as chunky when compared to her 6 month old who is quite small.   What a proud moment for me!  I did explain that I understood her concern and that Eva still hasn’t passed the 15th centile.

One week I literally watched him grow in length as he started to not fit into several outfits over the course of 3 or 4 days.  His last weigh in was 5.8kg.  He has moved into 00 (3-6 month) clothes.

I like the theory of the fourth trimester which says that babies really need another 12 weeks of development to become enjoyable but we wouldn’t be able to deliver such big babies thus they are born “early”  (or very early in my case).  At this stage Hugo is 3.5 months gestational age and has really woken up.

Hugo’s ability to focus on his hands and grab things has been amazing to watch this month.  I just love it when he stares at his hands willing them to move and then they do!  This bug’s feet are just the perfect size for his little hands.

Hugo is really interacting and “conversing” this month.  Lots of cooing and smiling for anyone who is willing to smile back.  It is very adorable and heart melting.

In tummy time with his nappy off he can turn himself 180° which is rather scary.  On his back he can scoot around as well.

I started the 10pm dream feed this month with moderate success.  There have been just a couple of nights when he goes through to the morning but mostly I get to sleep until at least 4.30 or 5am which is a great delight for me.  Sadly Eva always seems to time her wake ups to coincide with Hugo’s good sleeps.  Even when Andrew attends to her I still hear her!

Hugo is also becoming a more efficient breastfeeder especially in the mornings when they are full.  It’s good during the day but I also do enjoy the longer sleepy feeds that he does.

This month Hugo transitioned to a half swaddle, being wrapped with his arms free and then to a sleeping bag.  In the full swaddle I could hear him wriggling around to try to break his arms free so it wasn’t working anymore.

Hugo went for his first swim in the lovely heated toddler pool this month.  He seemed to be quite content which we were fairly sure would be the case seeing as he loves kicking around in the bath.  Eva enjoyed having Hugo in the pool with her.

We went on a short holiday to Canberra to celebrate Hugo’s Great Grandma’s 92nd Birthday (she traveled from Adelaide).  Hugo did a great job to impress everybody and Grandma thought that her 12th Great Grandchild was delightful.  He gained brownie points just for being immobile and non-verbal.

 

 

Overall it has been a month of big changes for Hugo as becomes more of a little person and says goodbye to any newborn-ness!

 

 

 

A Big Girl Now

With the risk of jinxing it I am going to write about Eva’s toilet training success.  Early in the year I tried a couple of days of nappy free time in an attempt to have Eva out of nappies before the baby’s arrival.   It was some of the most frustrating days of my parenthood and I resigned myself to the fact that she wasn’t ready.

Fast forward to a month ago when we started with Eva’s agreement.  What a difference it has made.

Eva 2 months in a premature size disposable

Hugo spent his first few months in eco disposables while he waited to grow into our bum genius nappies.  When he first started wearing the cloth nappies Eva was a bit put out that he was in her nappies but we had some newer ones that were just for her so it was ok.

June 2011 Eva 2 1/2 years Hugo 3 months

Within a couple of weeks I could see that the volume of nappy washing was significant and the drying turn around time was a bit long in Winter.  Also Eva was able to start telling me when her nappy was dirty.  Previously this hadn’t bothered her.

Eva in a Bum Genius Nappy December 2010 2 years

Nappy change time had increasingly becoming a battle and I think that she realised that Hugo was a baby and sharing her nappies.

One afternoon, at the start of school holidays with no activities planned,  I again casually dropped in the “big girls wear undies” statement as we were putting a wet nappy in the laundry.  Immediately Eva said “Eva wear undies” so I seized the opportunity and put her undies on.

Eva has been sitting on the potty since her arrival home as we practiced a very casual elimination communication.  We didn’t do the watching Eva for cues but more the “pottytunities” straight after waking and before the bath.  This provided us with lots of reading time each day!  Eva was thus familiar with the potty and it’s purpose but as you can see it didn’t really encourage her out of nappies any sooner.

May 2009 Eva 6 months

I knew from my experiment in January that she had a good bladder capacity which meant that I could skip the 15 minute reminder stage and jumped straight to hourly reminders.

The first two days we had a few accidents of course but I could soon see that she could go 2 hours between wees so I had to do less reminding which took the pressure off.  The tricky thing was finding trousers to wear the didn’t fall off of her now that she had no waist to hold them up!  She currently wears a lot of leggings.

Eva did a lot of sitting on the potty in the lounge or her bedroom so that I had somewhere to put Hugo down while with her.  The bathroom isn’t very conducive to that!  As well as timing from the last potty use she sat immediately after meals, ie the potty was next the high chair.  Those first few days I used the television as bribery to keep her still long enough.

Each success was met with much celebration, clapping and a high-five.  Eva of course really enjoyed the fuss being made.  This reward system seemed to really work for her.  The first few days she continued to use her undies for a poo but I did notice that she hid somewhere, which she never did in a nappy.  I was surprised but she didn’t save her poos for her sleep time nappy.

Our first outing was to have Hugo weighed which was an hour round trip in the pram and we managed to go in between wee times.  Although she did want to try the toilet at the Maternal and Child Health Clinic I guess as a novelty.

The next outing, 4 days after starting, was to visit a friend and then to pick Daddy up from work.  We travelled with her potty and I was thrilled when she stayed dry and proudly used the potty at Sally’s house.  I was so excited by this success.

Eva has just continued to progress over the past month.  Soon I found that she was using the potty on her own so I stopped reminding her.  Gradually she has progressed to using the toilet which has a small seat inbuilt.

The first few  attempts at crèche at church ended up with accidents.  I was very proud when 2 weeks after starting she stayed dry at Occasional Care. They have a toddler sized toilet so that was a great treat.

Eva has become more accustomed to toilets when we are out although I have seen her hold on for 3.5 hours when on a playdate despite my encouragement to go.

We have a star chart for poos which has ben an excellent incentive.  Eva gets a gold star for each poo in the potty.  The goal has now progressed to the toilet.  Her first reward after 5 stars was some bubbles.  She was so excited.

I was amazed to see just how she flowed through each stage of the process virtually leading the way herself.  Eva continues to wear nappies for sleep times. Previously her day sleep nappy would be dry whereas it’s often wet now.

Since the first day she has strictly been in undies for awake times.  No nappies for just in case.  We even survived a recent plane journey with dry undies including an exciting trip to the plane toilet.

I am so proud of her and can’t believe that we have reached another major developmental milestone with our little girl who started off in life with a battle to breathe and eat.  We are reminded daily of just how blessed we are!

Hugo’s Four Month Birthday

It’s now a different month to when Hugo had his four month birthday but I wanted to write here despite my lateness.  This month has been busy for us but more on that in posts to come.

Hugo is flourishing and starting to interact more and more each day.  Most days he loves to be playing on the mat and seems to enjoy tummy time far more than I remember his sister enjoying it.  He rolled from his front to his back once unintentionally and looked quite puzzled afterwards.

 

Eva has an adoring fan in Hugo.  He follows her whenever he can.  Luckily he tolerates her constantly invading his personal space with love!  Eva does love to roll him over which he’s not so fond of but at least she hasn’t taken him off the ground lately.

 

Hugo has reached 5kg and has been discharged from follow-up at the hospital this month.

The grabbing and holding phase is here with cute fingers wrapping around anything.  Also popular with Hugo is his whole fist in his mouth.

Hugo enjoyed a night at the Sofitel Melbourne with his parents this month.  We went to celebrate both our birthdays and 10 years of our relationship and Hugo joined in.

I accessorised with Hugo for our delicious 7-course degustation menu (7 small but amazingly delicious courses) at the hotel restaurant.  The lovely Maitre d’ was a bit flustered when she saw that there was a baby and told us that all she had was a high chair.  I explained that he would sleep on me and she looked perplexed.  An odd sight for a 5-star hotel I guess.

Hugo is nearing his five month birthday and looking pretty pleased about it don’t you think?