The Wanderer Returns…

Look what I found… two days later, in the leaves and crap at the side of the road. And no, I did not get funny looks from the cars driving by as I picked it up and then stopped to take a picture on a nearby bench!

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It seems like I have a problem?  Well that’s what I keep being told anyway. (Though whenever I try to read up on it I find that a lot of breastfeeding mothers do this and do not consider it a problem)… so is feeding to sleep a problem?

Is feeding to sleep a problem

Boo feeds to sleep, both for her day time naps at to sleep on an evening (and for the majority of her night time wakings as well. She is 9 months old.  I don’t have a problem with this, unless I worry about what everyone else is telling me – that it is wrong.

Boo is clearly not impressed at the thought of going to sleep without feeding!

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I don’t mind this really at the minute as I am on maternity leave, and I don’t mind devoting this time to Boo.  Most nights she is only up once of twice.  The issue is I suppose, when I am back at work in November for 2 long days each week. Obviously I am going to be unable to feed her to sleep for her daytime naps, and I don’t just want to carry on as we are until she starts nursery because that’s going to be a big shock for her.

I have been resistant to sleep training since a health visitor told me to just leave a 6 week old Boo in her Moses basket to cry after she had been fed/changed etc as ‘a crying baby is a healthy baby’ (something which I disagree with, I couldn’t leave my baby to cry without trying to comfort her.) It is a good job I didn’t do that as Boo was suffering from reflux and it would have been awful to leave her suffering alone.

So I am trying to find ways to get Boo to go in to her cot awake and settle herself to sleep. I know she can do this as sometimes when she wakes on a night she cries for about 5 seconds and before I get to her room she is back asleep.  However, I seem to be making little progress and sometimes it feels quite disheartening, short of getting her in the pram and walking her to sleep each nap (which I suppose is slightly better as someone else can do this whereas I am the only one who can feed Boo).

I guess I am reluctant to make major changes because then I will have to admit to myself that returning to work and leaving Boo is drawing ever closer. I am going to have to search a bit more for a method I agree with to help teach Boo how to self settle.  But for now, I don’t have a problem with feeding to sleep…

Zena's Suitcase 

When you become a parent everything changes, something you expect – like the sleepless nights and the constant nappy changes but there are a few things I didn’t expect…
11 surprising things about babies (0-9 months)
Here are a few of the things which have surprised me most during Boo’s first 9 months…
1. It really is amazing how little sleep you can survive on. (and I really mean survive on, not be polite and civil on)
2. After the 6 months mark and we started weaning Boo, I now really miss pre-weaning dirty nappies… who would have thought I would miss those runny poo-explosions… but I do, well compared to what we have now!
3. CBeebies cartoons are actually more addictive to watch than I probably should admit… My current faves are Raa Raa & Bing.
4.  Mummy brain really does exist… I have gone out without locking the door, but the milk in the oven instead of the fridge, gone out and forgot baby wipes (scary times!) and there are probably hundred more thing but my brain has kindly forgotten them.
5. Sneezing is hilarious. As is coughing. I did not know this until Boo showed me the light!
6. The changing table we bought was a waste of money… I always change Boo on a changing mat on the floor,
7. I thought random people coming up and touching your bump would be a thing of the past  when you gave birth, it just gets transferred, am I the only one who doesn’t feel comfortable with total stranger coming up and grabbing at Boo?
8. Up to ten nappies a day… isn’t that what the advert says? Ten nappies… that’s a slow day for us!
9. Little fingernails are sharp! Wow, they can be serious weapons and they always seem to find delicate skin…. just under you eye for example, or necks.
10. Crawling is a super efficient way to get where you want to go, how fast!!!
11.  Mummy’s and Daddy’s phones taste nice, and no babies aren’t fooled by toy phone alternatives… they know!
Mums' Days

I recently posted about Our New Arrival a lovely little ginger and white kitten we decided to call Fuzz Lightyear.

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Well, I am sad to say that it turns out that Boo has an allergy to cats, so we have had to find a new home for him. We only had him a week, and during the course of that week Boo started to show allergy symptoms which at first I thought could be teething/a cold but they just got worse and worse,so I had a sneaking suspicion that it may be a cat allergy. We took her to the G.P. who confirmed our suspicions, Boo is indeed allergic to cats (though he did point out that it was unusual for children under two to develop allergies). Luckily the lady who we had Fuzz from took him back that evening and a new home was found for him two days later.

I just wanted to post about how gorgeous and lovely he was. Totally sociable – he always wanted cuddles and purred happily just being sat on anyone! He was amazing with Boo, he never once scratched her, even though Boo was at times a little rougher with him than we liked.

It was amazing how quickly they got used to each other and how long Boo would spend shaking the cat toys about and watching Fuzz play.  It was lovely to watch them play together – mainly fighting over the same toys (or my boots!) And we were really happy that things were going so well. We really hoped Fuzz could provide Boo with company not just for right now but in the years to come.

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I’m really sad that Boo has a cat allergy, but we had no choice, as I am not going to start Boo on any more medication even though the G.P. did give us that option. We will have to hope that she either grows out of it, or that she is not allergic to dogs too, as we have always hoped to get a dog for Boo when she is older.

I just wish I had taken more pictures of the two of them together.  And I am really grateful to my mum for coming over the next day to help me do a deep clean of the house to remove as much cat hair etc as possible.

 

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