15 weeks in

Tiny Tin Bird was fifteen weeks old on Friday. Fifteen weeks! Can you believe it? I can’t believe he is that old and I also can’t believe it’s only been three and a half months. Surely I have spent my whole life doing this? It’s such a short time in the grand scheme of things yet it has felt like a lifetime. Well ok, it is a lifetime – his.

At fifteen weeks he is:

Almost able to roll from his back onto his front. He can get as far as rolling onto his side and then gets a bit frustrated that he can’t keep going.

Able to hold his head up completely happily for long periods of time on his stomach. He’s been doing this since about 7 or 8 weeks but now he is a pro and he is always an upright and alert little meerkat!

Very, very good with his sounds. He’s always been quite vocal and started going “hoo hoo hooooo” at things he liked when he was only a few weeks old. At about 7 weeks he started having little vowelly conversations with me and at week 12 he started making attempts at his velar plosives (ggggggg sounds). In the last week he is attempting fricatives as well as he gains more control over his tongue. He is so happy about this and always smiles and laughs when he does them. He is also blowing raspberries (with lots of spit) and thinks this is hilarious. He was trying to make them while feeding earlier today which I was less than happy with!

He learnt how to stick his tongue out a few weeks ago, again he knows that this is funny as he gives a side glance before sticking his tongue out and then laughing afterwards.

He LOVES to laugh! He stands on my lap and holds onto my fingers and tips his head back, opens his mouth and just cackles with laughter. He laughs most at singing (which he also loves), and when I pull him backwards and forwards and kiss his forehead or boop him on the nose.

Singing … ah yes, this ranks up on his list of top things along with bathtime, and looking at mummy while being held by daddy. I’m rubbish at singing but he doesn’t care. The only songs I can ever remember to sing though are songs from my primary school days and I can only ever remember the first verses of them! He gets “Lord of the Dance” on a regular basis because I looked up the lyrics. He also likes being thrown in the air when it gets to the “leapt up high” part! What else do I sing to him … “My Grandfather’s Clock”, “Autumn Days” and the rather dreary “Colours of Day” which he doesn’t like so much because it is a bit dirge like. Nellie the Elephant still remains his favourite though.

Teething. I am not a fan of this! Little red cheeks, lots of dribble and LOTS of grumpy baby. At the worst, he won’t feed despite being hungry as it’s painful for him. It’s horrible! I look forward to them cutting but worry that he will bite me.

Just able to use his hands. Before Christmas he was pulling things towards him, and then on Christmas Eve he was able to grasp small things – the ears on a teddy for example – and then a few days later he was able to grasp said item and pull it to his mouth. He is now able to use a teether! It’s lovely watching him pick things up now, he loves it.

NOT SLEEPING! Oh boy, this is a trial. He was doing fine and waking 2-3 times a night for a feed until he had his illness and since then it’s been dreadful. At the lowest point he would only sleep on me and I spent a whole week sleeping sitting propped up while holding him (in as safe a way as possible) and now at the highest point I can get him to sleep on his front (I know, I know) and he will go for 2 -2.5 hours in the first instance and then after that hourly – 45 minutes. Then at 6 or 6:30 he is AWAKE AND HAPPY AND READY TO BE UP! So we start our days then. I think he’s reached the point now where he’s not entirely satisfied by milk (and I am eating and drinking plenty enough) and so he’s feeding frequently to make up for it. I hope that weaning in the future will help this but I’m just going with the frequent feeds for now because I don’t mind too much.

 

He is so sweet when he wakes up for the day (it’s a different kind of waking to the night time “I want to feed RIGHT NOW” waking). He opens his big, bright eyes which are all happy and shiny and alert and he looks straight up at me while pushing his arms and legs and chin as far down and as straight as they will possibly go. He holds this position for about 7 seconds before breaking into a big beaming grin while looking at me and then kicks his arms and legs excitedly. Most days this is topped off with a big chuckle. He’s lovely.

Today it seemed like he doubled in size over night and I had to move him up to 6-9 month babygrows, he is growing so fast! I also had him weighed, he is 15lb 12.5oz.

 

There is so much I want to write about having a baby. I still feel squiffy about the idea of publishing his childhood all over the internet because the internet is forever, and I do want to afford him some privacy. That’s why I don’t share his name and hardly ever put face photos on here. But I do want to write about the mothering part because it’s a huge part of what I’m doing with my life now! I may write a sub blog and keep it separate from this one. I will still write this one though, absolutely.

 

Oooh yes, we are off to Rhyme Time this week, I think that this boy will enjoy it!

 

33 thoughts on “15 weeks in

  1. You are doing a fantastic job, he sounds like a very contented little boy. My granddaughter is 19 months old and has slept on her tummy since she learnt to roll over at 4 months, she was a quick learner too and walked at 9 months. Both my own children also slept on their fronts when they were babies/children. I might not comment often but do love to read your posts, it’s so wonderful to read how much you are enjoying motherhood.

  2. You are doing a fantastic job, he sounds like a very contented little boy. My granddaughter is 19 months old and has slept on her tummy since she learnt to roll over at 4 months, she was a quick learner too and walked at 9 months. Both my own children also slept on their fronts when they were babies/children. I might not comment often but do love to read your posts, it\’s so wonderful to read how much you are enjoying motherhood.

  3. You are doing a fantastic job, he sounds like a very contented little boy. My granddaughter is 19 months old and has slept on her tummy since she learnt to roll over at 4 months, she was a quick learner too and walked at 9 months. Both my own children also slept on their fronts when they were babies/children. I might not comment often but do love to read your posts, it\\\’s so wonderful to read how much you are enjoying motherhood.

  4. You are doing a fantastic job, he sounds like a very contented little boy. My granddaughter is 19 months old and has slept on her tummy since she learnt to roll over at 4 months, she was a quick learner too and walked at 9 months. Both my own children also slept on their fronts when they were babies/children. I might not comment often but do love to read your posts, it\\\\\\\’s so wonderful to read how much you are enjoying motherhood.

  5. Thanks Julie! I really love it. It’s hard, but I love it. He seems to be fine on his front and we are still sharing a room so it’s not too bad I don’t think. At least he is actually sleeping whereas he just cries if I lay him on his back.

  6. it’s easy to forget all these little details so it’s wonderful you will have them to look back on. My two are older at 5 and 9 and, as I’m sure many say, blink and you miss it. Isn’t it lovely to think when ttb is older he can read all this? Fab pic of colourful striped babygro on colourful blanket.

  7. My baby boy turned 5 yesterday and I can’t believe how quick the time has gone. You certainly forget a lot of those little moments when they’re a baby as they grow so I think it’s great that you’ve recorded your memories of it here.
    As for sleeping on his tummy, both my kids slept on theirs as soon as they learned to roll over and no matter how many times I tried to roll them onto their backs, they just rolled back over. They were comfortable and I kept an eye on them so don’t feel bad about it.
    xx Susan

  8. You are a wonderful mummy and he is gorgeous.
    My 4 all slept on their tummy’s no other way once they could roll.
    He looks like he loves the colours of your blanket too ☺

  9. Awwww! My “little boy” overtook me height-wise over Xmas, and had his first, albeit very tentative, shave on Boxing Day…enjoy the baby stage!!!!!!!!! I bet TTB will love the weaning stage, sounds like he is nearly ready for it. I’m glad you are being so positive despite the lack of sleep. And the picture at the top is gorgeous :)

  10. Yay! It’s lovely to hear how giggly and smiley he is even though I know it’s not like that all the time :) It’s good to hear about both sides, some people are afraid to talk about the downsides of life so it’s good to hear about real people – and makes me feel more normal too although I don’t have said lovely baby :)

    TTB is looking very cute on his blanket too, and I can’t imagine him being called anything other than Tiny Tin Bird now so telling us his real name would just be strange :D

  11. You are doind a wonderful job They grow so fast and the little things get faded in your mind and forgot over time, These posts will be your diaries and show what a wonderful Mom you are x

    Enjoy and treasure these times and continue to write your journey.

  12. Doesn’t time fly! I thought it was so much cute when the Little Man started playing and laughing and chattering like that. TTB sounds adorable. I empathise with the sleep. I have to say weaning did not help the Little Man but once he was 6months and eating lots we dealt with it and it was amazing! Like waking from a trance! They’re tricksy little things sometimes but so wonderful. :-) Abigail x

  13. Teething powders, that’s what you need.
    It’s good you are writing all this down because you do forget, unfortunately.
    x

  14. Were you a speech therapist? Oh la those technical terms :-)

    I’d maybe give some solids now, he’s a big baby and I bet he will sleep when you do, I’d say he’s hungry.

  15. I kept my little boy in babygro’s (alongside the odd outfit), until he was 1!! He just preferred being in them. After 9 months he used to wear outfits if we went out and about, but still wore babygro’s if we stayed at home. My 7 month old baby daughter is still in ‘gros 90% of the time, with the odd outfit. They have so many years to wear cute outfits, but only a precious few months when they can be snuggly in babygro’s!!

  16. Woman’s Hour on Radio 4 today has an item about early days of motherhood. By the time you read this, it may well be finished, but you can do Listen again – it’s the first item. The early days are long behind me but lots of it rang true…

  17. PS My two loved the No album from They might be Giants. Good fun for adults too. And I used to know all the lyrics to Chitty Chitty Bang Bang…

  18. I’m so loving your TTB reports, you are doing a grand job of being a Mum! And I think babygros are so snuggly, especially for the winter, it saves all those seams and things riding up and being uncomfortable.

  19. Love seeing TTB on his Elmer blankie. I just finished one inspired by yours for my “little” man. My baby is 11 years older than yours, and honestly, I don’t think a blankie has ever been loved as much as his Elmer. Wish I knew how to send you a pic of him with his. X

  20. Although mine are all grown up now, it’s lovely to hear about your mothering journey and your boy’s progress. I laughed when you say he wants to sit on you – I remember that so well. Joe was a huge baby, like a bearcub, and if he was off colour he used to climb up and sit on my lap, like a sorry little cub. When he had chicken pox at 15 months, he sat on me for a whole week! I used to sing The Galloping Major while jogging them on my knee – they all loved that, have a go!

  21. Huge sympathies over the not sleeping – it can be a killer at times! Have a read of this to reassure you… http://kellymom.com/parenting/nighttime/4mo-sleep/ and also the latest NHS advice which now states that ‘It’s normal for babies aged 3 to 5 months to start waking up in the night.’ The ‘Birth to Five’ booklet (did your midwife/ health visitor give you a copy of this? It’s very helpful!) then goes on to talk about how it’s not usually a sign that solid foods are needed but more likely to be related to the seriously huge developmental leaps that your baby is taking right now. Hope this helps :) Your little man sounds like he is thriving and it sounds like you are having such fun with him as he grows and changes :) Continue to enjoy the journey! xx

  22. TTB looks very well. He is clearly enjoying time on his Elmer blanket.

    In my day (a very long time ago) we weaned babies at 4 months (I think it is more like 6 months now?) I was advised to wean my first a little early and she was much happier (an 8oz bottle did not keep her satisfied for four hours). The second was ready to be weaned a bit early too even thought I was feedinh her myself and had no probelms. If you are managing to keep him satisfied (even if it means many feeds at night)then he TTB will be fine. You will know when he is ready for some food. He is a big baby so he might need to be weaned a little early. I guess you could discuss this with your health visitor, mine were a waste of time so I did my own thing, especially with the second baby.

    TTB sounds like a bright baby and he will be so happy once he can get around and into things :-)

  23. Totally agree with Karen that night wakings/feeding more often does not indicate that he needs solids. The WHO (and most other health agencies) recommend waiting until at least 6 months to add solids to a baby’s diet. When they’re tiny like that, they’re growing and developing so fast and by nursing more often, they up your milk supply to keep it in line with what they need. It really is a supply and demand process and if you trust it, it will work! kellymom.com which Karen linked to is a great resource for breastfeeding information.

  24. I should add that my first baby was an undiagnosed lactose intolerant baby. She screamed day and night for 10 weeks. She needed to go onto solids as formula was no longer keeping her satisfied. She had a lot of ground to make up as she was only putting on 2oz a week until she produced the lactase enzyme which broke down the lactose. I had to demand feed and test weigh which is why I know this and yet the HV did not see this as being a problem. I was unhappy as I was feeding her myself until about 9 weeks when she just gave up up on me. This was painful for me but the damage had already been done as she associated me with pain :-(

    The second baby was not lactose intolerant and from about 6 weeks was good at night. She got a bit cranky at nearly 4 months old so I decided to give her a small amount of food for her late afternoon feed along with her feed from me. She has not suffered in any way by me doing this. My HV was only allowed to see us by appointment LOL.

    You have more instinct for what is right for your baby when it is not your first. You know your baby best.

    You are doing very well and TTB is clearly thriving.

  25. It’s lovely to hear about your mothering. My boy is 16 weeks old and seem to be going through many of the things you are. We even go to Rhyme Time at our local library which he loves!

  26. Hello! Couldn’t resist leaving my first comment as I am currently 14 weeks in – tomorrow! – so in a very similar boat to you. Although this is my second daughter, I share your wobbles just the same. Luckily for me I know things do get easier and that each dawn brings a new day (cheesy way of saying that nothing lasts forever…). I have just begun to crochet, inspired by Lucy at Attic24, and yourself of course, and am the very proud owner of a gorgeous bullseye square that is sitting smugly in front of me right now. I can’t believe I made something so pretty after only a week or so of learning! Thank you SO much for beautiful designs and easy-to-follow patterns. Keep up the good work all round. Love Raggie X

  27. Dear Heather! First of all – I wish you and your lovely family a Happy New Year – may it be full of love, warmth and joy! I must say, your blog is a great inspiration for me, and I’m visiting every day, but I’m a little shy to comment. Thanks to you and Attic24 ( I followed from your blog) I discovered I can crochet too, and I must confess I’m addicted now :-) Two months ago I told you about my first attempts on granny squares, now the squares became a blanket – maybe a little bit wonky, a little bit crooky, but I made it :-) Thanks for all your tutorials – I know you have a lot on your shoulders being a Mum, but please, keep posting :-)

    Regards
    Daisy

  28. Ahh sleep regression you have all my sympathies, tis horrid. Niether of mine slept well at that age, great book ( bad linker) called wonder years about how brain development is in great leaps and bounds and not at all linear. Doesn’t help them sleep but reduces stress about it. I survived my second by co sleeping, and having low expectations of my housewifey abilities

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