Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Breastfeeding - My Experience

I wasn't sure whether I would blog about breastfeeding as it seems to provoke a lot of opinions, and sometimes very passionate responses, but I feel like I need to share my experience because of the isolation I felt.

Whilst I was pregnant, I always said that I'd give breastfeeding a go but wouldn't let myself get bullied into it if it wasn't working out. Myself and my two brothers were all bottle fed and I've never had an issue with formula feeding babies.

It became quite apparent early on in pregnancy that breastfeeding is very high on the NHS' agenda at the moment. We were bombarded with leaflets, DVDs, posters and info at every appointment from day 1. To be honest, we felt it was a bit over the top and if anything pushed us a little in the other direction out of principle. 

The only time we were offered any information on bottle feeding was in one antenatal class on request. Even then the midwife wasn't very keen on giving much information and it was a 5 min explanation compared to the other 1 hour and 55 mins session on breastfeeding. The quiz we did on breastfeeding was one of the most biased things I've ever read as well!

It's very easy to see how mums can get railroaded into doing something they aren't 100% sure that they want to do....

Thursday, 22 May 2014

4 Weeks Postpartum Update

My 3 week post was a bit late so here's the 4 week one as well!

Me:




Getting really fed up with the fact that nothing I own really fits anymore and just generally fed up with the way I look at the moment! Such an awkward stage to be in. All maternity clothes are too big and normal clothes do fit but look awful! I don't think there's any point in buying anything new though as I want to get exercising soon...

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

3 Weeks Postpartum Update

Me:





I actually feel bigger than I did last week! I think it's down to still eating as if I was pregnant e.g. what I want rather than what I should (even though I didn't overeat in pregnancy, I just snacked more than I did before). I don't want to diet because a. I feel like it's more a case of toning and b. when life is challenging enough with a newborn, the last thing I want to do is become miserable with watching what I eat...

Cystic Hygroma

Cystic Hygroma - After Birth...

Until our daughter was born we had never heard of the condition Cystic Hygroma and it makes sense that we wouldn't have as it only affects 1 in every 6,000 to 10,000 babies (different sources quote different figures).

A lot of the time cystic hygromas are picked up on scans early on in pregnancy and can be a sign that things are not developing as they should be. If it is picked up on an early pregnancy scan, it can be a sign that is linked into a chromosomal problem such as Turners Sydrome and Downs Syndrome. If it is picked up on later scans or at birth then it is often an isolated cystic hygroma that isn't linked to a generic condition. They can also appear in infancy but not usually in adulthood.

A cystic hygroma forms when the lymph vessels fail to form correctly during the first few weeks of pregnancy. Unfortunately, it cannot be prevented as it occurs so early in pregnancy, usually before the pregnancy is confirmed. It usually occurs when there is a block stopping the fluid from draining properly. It is usually situated around the neck region.
Isla's cystic hygroma is on the right hand side of her neck and has stayed roughly the same size since birth (5cm by 4cm which is quite substantial for a newborn). When she was 2 weeks old it looked like a much smaller secondary one had formed but it's just some of the fluid from the main site draining into another little pocket. It doesn't affect her at the moment and she is quite content to lie on it and move around and breathe like any other newborn. It also doesn't affect her feeding.
(On right hand side of her neck)...

Saturday, 17 May 2014

Baby's First Month - Update


This first month has been a whirlwind to say the least. From Isla arriving a week early to having to leave her at 2 weeks to travel up north and all the growing and new experiences in between, it's been a bit of a roller coaster!

All of Isla's first month updates are done within the postpartum updates I was posting throughout the month.

From 2 months onwards I'll do our updates separately.

Will make it easier to navigate and categorise!

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Bump To Baby Video


Hoping this loads and works!

Next time we've decided to do it properly and take a photo in the same position every day :)

We were just too busy and had to spend time apart this time round.

So nice to be able to look back at how bump grew into Isla!

Monday, 12 May 2014

Newborn Essentials


My Newborn Essentials!

I LOVE this crib! I've done a separate post all about it but now we've been using it for 3 weeks I just want to say how happy I am that we chose this one. It's so great to be able to just glance over whilst in bed and see that Isla is OK.

I really wanted a Storksak or Pacapod bag but couldn't justify the cost so ended up with this simple changing bag from Babies R Us. I've done a separate post on this as well. Now we've been using it for a few weeks, I have to say I do like it and it does the job but it could do with being a bit easier to organise and keep things tidy inside it!

3. Vests
It doesn't matter where you get them from but get lots of vests (unless you like doing lots of washing!) for baby to wear under sleep suits and outfits to keep them cosy.

Once we decided to start using a dummy these seemed pretty necessary for when we're out and about. They can also be used on bottles I think...

Friday, 9 May 2014

2 Weeks Postpartum Update

Me:





Starting to feel much more like myself now! 

The first week after birth was pretty tough. I felt like I'd run a marathon. All my muscles were stiff and ached. It was hard to hold Isla for long periods of time because my arms hurt so much! My boobs were in agony after deciding to stop breastfeeding - the slightest touch was so painful! Where I'd had a couple stitches made it sore to move around and sit down and the after birth bleeding was really heavy - lovely!...

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

My Labour and Birth Story

Can't believe I'm writing my labour and birth story, doesn't feel real!

So Baby Knott decided that the due date of the 24th of April wasn't going to work in her calendar and decided to come a week early instead on Thursday the 17th of April!

World meet Isla Amelia. Born at 16.01 and weighing in at 8lbs 11ozs (that was a shock!!!). 


And onto the main purpose of this post...the detailed, no holding back birth and labour story!

It was late Wednesday night and we'd just finished watching a Law and Order UK episode (love that programme) and the Brad Pitt movie World War Z. I'd been bouncing about on my ball but at around midnight I had started to feel sick so was sitting on the floor cross legged talking to the cat. All of a sudden I felt a warm trickle down below and thought 'oh, that's weird'. I said to Robert 'something strange is going on' and explained what I'd felt. He was the first one to go 'maybe your waters have gone' but I was in denial and was convinced I'd just peed myself for the first time! All of sudden there was a much larger gush of liquid so I ran upstairs to the toilet. The liquid was clear and didn't smell of pee but I still wasn't convinced my waters had gone. I think I was just too scared to admit it!

The liquid just kept coming and coming so Robert went 'let's phone the hospital's bleep system' that we had been told to call when we thought I was in labour. You basically call up, speak to an operator who then gets the appropriate person to call you back. We called and the midwife who phoned back asked if we wanted to come in because it was our first baby and it would be good to confirm the waters had gone. I wasn't having any contractions at this point...

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

Baby Shopping Haul 5th May

Went into Southampton with the husband and Isla today to get a few bits and bobs and ended up going a bit mad buying baby things!

Baby Gap


Purple Romper, £9.95. Lilac Bubble Pants, £7.95.


I love the gathered detail at the front. The pattern on the romper is fab too...