For now, there isn't a lot of interaction between our little baby and our two dogs but what is obvious is that Ron will grow up to be a doggy person - simply because he was always in the presence of two wonderful family dogs!
Parenting: Night feeding woes
Sunday 14th October
Ronnie has always been a huge fan of the #FreeArmMovement (I know, I know. . . It kinda sounds like some patriotic weapon smuggling slogan!) but today we noticed that he was not only keeping his arms free, he was using them a lot more: he was touching his face, knocking his hat from side to side, pushing his arms into me or James when we hold him. He was beginning to discover what arms can do!
James and I keep looking at Ronnie's little face, trying to identify various features and try to guess which way he may still develop, as some features are still very uncertain. He seems to have brown hair, but parts of it look light chestnuty in certain light, blond or auburn in another. . . Same goes for his eyes, I think they are dark grey for now, but I can swear they look blue at times and dark green or brown at other times. I guess this goes to show that we really can't tell what Ron will look like in the next couple of months, but one thing is certain - he is and continue to be utterly handsome!
Ron is still eating all day - this growth spurt started on the 5th of October and is showing no signs of slowing down. . . Thinking about it, though - he eats all through the day and then pretty much sleeps all through the night, which isn't really all that bad!
What is pretty bad though is that I feel a little run down and poorly, I have all the symptoms of a common cold - cough, sneezes, tickle in my throat, ache in my bones, headache, tiredness. . . I am not one for taking medications unnecessarily, so am hoping that the honey and lemon drinks will sort me out! I am also hoping that Ronnie, as he nurses, is getting all the antibodies that my body is currently making which will immunise and protect him from getting the cold too - that is how breastfeeding works, right? I think so. . . I hope so! I would hate for my baby to get poorly!
Recently, we've been having a really nasty stormy weather, but today was a lovely day so despite feeling pretty run down, I agreed to carpe diem and venture outside to the common fields again. As we were walking, watching the dogs enjoy the run around the bushes, we were wondering what Ron thought of them.
You see, there is very little interaction between the baby and the dogs. Sam & Charlie give Ron little passing sniffs and kisses now and again, but they largely ignore him. Ron is used to hearing them bark, play and scarper around the house and the noises they make don't seem to spook or startle him at all. However, to him they are just entities that exist in the same space - they are not the care givers and do not offer comfort, food and safety that James and I do. . . And yet they are always there! . . . So we were wondering how Ron perceives them at this point. . . It's obviously a question we will not have the answer to, but what we do know for sure is that Ron will grow up to be a real doggy person, able to understand and appreciate dogs. And isn't that brilliant?
Parenting: Night feeding woes
We are really enjoying our co-sleeping experience - the baby is nice and calm at nights and I love keeping him close to me where I know he is safe and happy. An added benefit to keeping him close is that he can pretty much nurse in his sleep, or at least we both can remain sleepy, calm and comfortable whilst having a feed at night. Today he nursed and looked really calm and sleepy but then only a second later there was a "milk everywhere" moment - the baby wasn't winded and therefore brought up a lot of the milk he had just ingested. So, whilst feeding in bed is great, I realised today that I struggle with the burping afterwards. He sucks in so much air as he drinks milk laying down, so it is really important to wind him after the feed - which usually involves a lot of bouncing and tapping on the back, and that seems to defy the calmness of sleep feeding. . . This requires some further thought!