Living Arrows – 6/53 (2018)

You are the bows from which you children as Living Arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran

The last couple of years I have done my own version of Project 52, this year I decided to join in with Living Arrows devised by Karen over at What the Redhead Said.

The Living Arrows project will comprise of me sharing a photo of displaying childhood from both Aoife and Cassius’ life each week!

You may have noticed I have changed it to out of 53 weeks, that is because there is an extra Monday this year and not because I don’t know how many weeks there are in a year!

The weeks are certainly flying by! Another week of getting used to life with two children.

Welcome to The Baby Boat Diaries edition of Living Arrows!

Aoife, 2.2 Years Old

Aoife has turned into a little mother since Cassius has been around. She carries her “baby” around, used Cassius cloth nappies to do the doll’s bum and even pretends to breastfeed the doll! She has become very loving recently giving Luke, Cassius and I lots of hugs and kisses.

Cassius, 4 Weeks & 4 Days Old

This week I tried some tummy time. Only for a few minutes but he didn’t seem to mind. Cassius is awake more and more in the day and has began to up his feeding too. I think we have some growth spurts coming up.

Thanks for Stopping by.

Siobhan x

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Project 365 2018 – Week 5

As part of my goal to take more meaningful photos and get more involved in blogging linky’s, this year I am taking part in project 365. Project 365 involves taking a photo everyday and then sharing a weeks worth of photos at the end of every week. Here we have week 5…

Day 28 – Sunday 28th January 2018

Cassius getting cosy with his monkey comforter.

Day 29 – Monday 29th January 2018

Daddy and Aoife having some bonding time with Cassius.

Day 30 – Tuesday 30th January 2018

Reggie getting in on naptime.

Day 31 – Wednesday 31st January 2018

Aoife in her gorgeous Little Bird dress my Grandma bought her for Christmas.

Day 32 – Thursday 1st February 2018

This week we’ve practised Aoife walking longer distances using her backpack reigns… luckily Aoife loves wearing her “backback”.

Day 33 – Friday 2nd February 2018

Cassius is becoming more and more awake. He has such beautiful eyes.

Day 34 – Saturday 3rd February 2018

Aoife and I enjoyed some building and pretend play with our wooden toys.

See you again next week!

Siobhan x

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The Me and Mine Project (January)

I can’t believe January is over! That means the newest addition to our family is nearly a month old.

It’s been a miserable winter so far and I am so ready for some warmer weather… although my mother has informed we are en route for the coldest winter in 18 years or something like that haha.

The above photo was our first family photo taken after Cassius’s birth. In fact, I was still in the hospital!

This month, Mummy has loved…

  • Not being pregnant… I’ll be honest I was dreading another possible 6 weeks of being pregnant.
  • Rewatching Friends on Netflix.
  • Getting to know my new little one.

Daddy has loved…

  • His new computer screen (the third addition to his computer set up haha)

Aoife has loved…

  • Her new baby brother.
  • Any film with a minion in it.
  • Pretend play with her dolls.

Cassius has loved…

  • Boob.
  • Sleep.
  • More boob.

Roll on February!

Siobhan x

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Tandem Nursing a Newborn and Toddler

It was only a matter of time before I spoke about how my breastfeeding journey has changed! As previously mentioned in my post Breastfeeding Through Pregnancy: What It’s Been Like For Me So Far I was nursing Aoife throughout my pregnancy. At the time of the post I was about 4/5 months pregnant fast forward 4ish months and I gave birth to my son (six weeks early!). Luckily, I had been preparing Aoife for a while (especially when it became apparent there would be no self-weaning or slowing down on nursing happening) for the impending arrival of a newborn sibling! Having become accustomed to babies, thanks to the arrival of baby cousin in June, Aoife was showing a great level of understanding that there was a baby in mummy’s tummy! Ways in which I prepared Aoife included talking about my growing belly and mentioning that is where the baby was, discussing with her during feeds that baby will be feeding from the breast too; this was mainly me saying that baby would be having “googie” (Aoife’s name for milk) too, Aoife began repeating this by pointing to a breast at a time saying “Me googie, baby googie” and also by introducing books about new babies! Our favourite was There’s A House Inside My Mummy.

Aoife was also given a “baby” (doll) for Christmas and various accessories which she loves using to mimic mummy and baby especially now baby is here! She even pretends to feed her doll!

Anyway, onto the tandem nursing! One of the biggest advantages to nursing a Toddler to me was the speed in which my milk returned and also the help with fighting how engorged the breasts can get! I unfortunately had to stay in hospital for a few nights following the birth of Cassius so initially when my milk came in I was in a lot of pain! Thankfully, Luke brought Aoife in to see us and she asked for milk! My boobs went down almost instantly and haven’t been like that since (apart from an overnight stay at her grandparents!) At the moment we are still working on positioning, especially at bedtime! Aoife is a massive fidget so trying to feed her and the baby at the same time can be difficult! Aoife often ends up with baby feet in her face, luckily she finds this hilarious!

When it comes to who to nurse when, I will always nurse baby first and at the moment I am trying to keep Aoife’s feeds similar to how they were before I gave birth (wake ups, naps and bedtime!) As she has become quite indulgent and it feels like she feeds more than Cassius sometimes!

I will be very honest and admit to being incredibly touched out at times but this occurs more if I am feeling tired and haven’t drank enough fluids in the day! To tackle this I go to bed with a 20oz bottle of water and a glass of cordial! I also find bedsharing helps with dealing with lack of sleep!

Overall, tandem nursing is a wonderful experience and has helped in creating a bond not only between Aoife and Cassius but between the three of us. I feel accomplished knowing I can meet the needs of both babies!

Thank you for reading!

I have included some sources below for those that want to know more!

Siobhan x

https://kellymom.com/ages/tandem/official-tandem-bf-faq/

https://kellymom.com/tandem-faq/04momnutrition/

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Likes and Loves of January 2018

January… the month of being poor as you catch up from overspending at Christmas (or at least is the case for me Haha!)

I certainly didn’t expect my January to turn out like it did though! I expected to be heavily pregnant throughout January as my due date grew closer and closer (15th February fyi) instead I’ve spent January getting into the swing of being a mum of two as apparently baby wanted to come six weeks before due date!

So my main highlight from the month is the birth of my second child, my baby boy Cassius 💚

There isn’t much else to report from this month but I think you’ll agree it is quite the highlight to have!

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Living Arrows – 5/53 (2018)

You are the bows from which you children as Living Arrows are sent forth” – Kahlil Gibran

The last couple of years I have done my own version of Project 52, this year I decided to join in with Living Arrows devised by Karen over at What the Redhead Said.

The Living Arrows project will comprise of me sharing a photo of displaying childhood from both Aoife and Cassius’ life each week!

You may have noticed I have changed it to out of 53 weeks, that is because there is an extra Monday this year and not because I don’t know how many weeks there are in a year!

The weeks are certainly flying by! Another week of getting used to life with two children.

Welcome to The Baby Boat Diaries edition of Living Arrows!

Aoife, 2.2 Years Old

This weeks photo is after Aoife and I had some time to reconnect with each other whilst I did bath time with her. She likes to pull these faces when she’s asked to smile haha.

Cassius, 3 Weeks & 3 Days Old

We’ve had some fussiness this week from little man; lots of cluster feeding, wanting to be held and trapped wind, bless him. He is above his birth weight now at 5lbs 11oz after he dropped down to 4lbs 12oz on Day 5!

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Project 365 2018 – Week 4

As part of my goal to take more meaninful photos and get more involved in blogging linky’s, this year I am taking part in project 365. Project 365 involves taking a photo everyday and then sharing a weeks worth of photos at the end of every week. Here we have week 4…

Day 21 – Sunday 21st January 2018

Aoife was watching me feeding Cassius and announced that her baby needed feeding too! 💚

Day 22 – Monday 22nd January 2018

Today we registered Cassius. He is now official! We also managed to find a pram suit that sort of fits him. Still lots of growing room though!

Day 23 – Tuesday 23rd January 2018

I have no idea how she managed to do this haha… and yes I did take pictures before helping!

Day 24 – Wednesday 24th January 2018

I may be biased but oh my goodness my baby boy is absolutely beautiful 💚

Day 25 – Thursday 25th January 2018

Finally, a dry day which meant we could go on a walk and stop by the park!

Day 26 – Friday 26th January 2018

Naptime with both babies! Aoife fell asleep without boob or being in a pushchair! This never happens to me!

Day 27 – Saturday 27th January 2018

This monkey has settled in his moses basket after keeping me up all night feeding. Think he is having a bit of a growth spurt!

Thanks for stopping by!

Siobhan x