Parenting in Progress

I am the proud mother of a beautiful baby boy and the purpose of this blog is to record my experience of motherhood.

Friday, January 26, 2007


The transformation is complete - I've totally turned into a blathering mama. I never guessed in a million years how much I'd adore motherhood. I was never one for getting clucky, never really interested in holding other people's babies and, as you can tell, I certainly wasn't in a hurry to become a mother. My baby is 2 months old today and I barely recognise myself - I love talking, cooing and making those ridiculous sounds women do when confronted with a baby, I spend my days sticking my tongue out at him and melting when he gives me one of those adorable big smiles.
He sleeps now until around 5.30 - 6.00am then wakens for a feed, and goes back to sleep till around 8.30. If he has one of his very sleepy periods in his pram after a walk during the day I don't know what to do with myself! My mum has been great though - sometimes she takes him out in the pram giving me a couple of hours in the house to myself which is really nice.

That's me lost nearly 2 and a half stone so I'm just about back to my pre-pregnancy weight, though I'd like to lose another stone and have to do something about this jelly belly! The breast feeding is certainly helping, Sorley is back feeding every 1 and a half to 2 hours during the day which I don't mind seeing how he sleeps so well at night.

Tomorrow we are going up to the city for the day so I can get a nice haircut at Rainbow Room's - they give you a great head massage as well as a good haircut, I'm really looking forward to a bit of pampering and going to visit a friend so it should be a nice day and will be Sorley's first visit to Glasgow apart from his birth!

Oh and I've had to reinstall the word verification because of all the spam going around at the moment - sorry I know it's a pain.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Here's Looking At You, Kid!


It's been a wild week weather wise but I still managed to get Sorley out in the pram everyday come sun, rain, hail, gales and snow (not kidding!). It's part of our routine and it gets me out the house, so every afternoon I wrap him up is his little jacket, gloves, bootees, Tigger hat and auntie Betty's shawl, pop him in his red pram and off we go. Mostly we just go down the town, walk around the shops, even if I buy nothing else I always buy the paper - gives me an extra sense of purpose for going out. Tuesday, I think it was, was a surprisingly beautifully sunny day so I walked the pram a couple of miles along the promenade next to the Clyde and for once was able to have the pram hood down and let my boy smell the salty and seaweedy air and get some colour in his cheeks. I got an MP3 player for my birthday just before Christmas so I have music where ever I go, which, lately has been mostly Jim Morrison!


My home visits from the health visitor have come to an end, this week Sorley had his 6 weeks check up at the doctors and everything is just fine. He sure is turning into a deliciously chunky wee boy, puting on around an ounce a day. On Thursday's the local hospital holds a baby massage class, I'm planning on taking Sorley along starting next week. Apparently the babies love it - they all going in crying and all come out zonked - and it's a good way to meet some other mums and little babies.

This is my dogs in the backgarden playing in the snow on Thursday, and a picture looking up my street.


Saturday, January 13, 2007

6 Weeks Old

In one sense it's hard to believe that our little boy is already 6 weeks old and yet I can no longer remember what life was like without him. He grows before my eyes, the pillow I feed him on is shrinking below him and he is starting to look a little too big for his Moses basket.
It has been the most wonderful 6 weeks of my life, I thought I was prepared for the birth of my baby but nothing prepares you for life after birth!
The first month was fairly stressful, the sudden awareness of responsibility and the all consumingness (is that a word??) of it, especially since myself and my husband have been married for 11 years without kids so it is a massive change in our lives. The panic of when baby starts crying and not knowing why or how to get him to stop, I found the constant feeding stressful and painful, emotions up and down, anxiety about cot death gave me regular nightmares about dead babies.
The last 2 weeks we settled into a rhythm, I've got to know my child, I understand now when he cries what it's for - either a feed, because he's tired, got wind or wants his dummy. I know how to soothe him and how he likes to be comforted, he stopped the constant feeding and it's no longer painful but now when I feed him it's a precious time between us. I still worry about cot death and I'm fanatic about the room temperature at night but the nightmares have stopped.

He smiles and giggles now especially when I stick my tongue out at him, he talks away when I lie him on his play mat and spends hours staring fully alert all around him, facinated by pictures and our livingroom lightshade. He is a beautifully content little boy and loves to lie and sleep on his daddy's chest. Here's a funny picture of him on his play mat staring into the mirror.


Monday, January 01, 2007

What a character!





These pictures really make me giggle.

Our new year didn't start off too great with husband on Hogmany reversing the car into a tree branch, smashing the back windscreen. No one was hurt thankgoodness, it was a really wild night here on the west coast.

Happy New Year to you all!



Try this out for fun (seen on Raw Light)- which fantasy character are you - apparently I'm Aragorn from Lord of the Rings: -

"putting your appointed path ahead of any inner conflicts, you make your own rules for the benefit of all."

"If my life or death I can protect you, I will."

Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

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