Getting fit with the help of others

I am a regular user of Twitter using the handle @trainingmummy and i have found it to be a great resource for baby related queries and just general adult chatters. During a conversation on there I was motivated to get fit and lose weight. I have been aiming to do this anyway as you can read here and to do this I went out and bought a Fitbit Flex to help motivate me and get me moving and reintroduced myself to my endomondo account. As soon as I bought that I came down with a cold and so exercise went out the window. Now I am recovered I am determined to get fit and lose weight and now thanks to a couple of mums on there, including a fellow blogger (go visit her blog it is great!), we are going to lose pounds and get healthy. I have no excuse not to get out and about as I have two dogs who, although happy with 30 minute walks, would love longer walkies. It is also a great way to try and get my baby to sleep when she is fighting it. I tried this today and it worked. She slept… until we got home and in the door. Dash. Also the views you get when out the walk are amazing, plus the fresh air does us all good. Image I have been trying to use my sling more but at the moment Molly can’t stand it so we are still using our pram, the Mothercare Xpedior but it is not suited to the more off road walks we like to enjoy with the dogs. We do have a second hand Quinny Speedi but it weighs a ton so getting it out and in to the car is a nightmare so this puts me off using it more. Once out of the car the pram is great – we have to use with car seat until Molly is a bit older – and the ride it gives is so smooth. All the weight it has seems to vanish. IMG_0598 So let this post signal the start of my weight loss.

Eight weeks on… Baby’s first injections

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Well we have made it successfully to eight weeks! From the beginning when nappies were put on backwards and holding our baby was like carrying a piece of the most fragile glass, we have got to the point where M feels like she has been a member of our family forever.

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To mark eight weeks we had the routine injections. M was great, cried a little when she got the injections in each thigh but soon stopped when she got the tasty rotavirus oral vaccine. She then cried all the way home and for about an hour more! As I type this she is asleep in my arms so hopefully she has forgiven me for taking her to the nasty dr!

It never crossed my mind to not get M vaccinated, I would hate to see her become ill with something I could have prevented it and so I will admit that I don’t understand why people choose not to vaccinate their little ones.

I know there have been scares vaccines but to me the risk is far too small not to vaccinate. The fact that these illnesses are rarely seen these days shows how effective the immunisations are and to use the excuse that the illnesses are rarely seen so we don’t have to immunise doesn’t wash with me.

Anywats as Molly was so brave I bought a Timeout bar as a treat (and as she is too young to eat it I forced myself to devour every last crumb – Molly got milk).

During the last eight weeks we have had it easy really – she sleeps a lot, only cries when hungry and has started sleeping through the night! High-five little girl!

The only real concern we have is our baby’s reflux. Not a single feed remains inside our wee girl. Sometimes a little comes up and sometimes almost the whole feed is expelled.

At first we only noticed spit-up when we put M to bed or changed her nappy, generally when she was lying flat on her back, but now it doesn’t matter what position she is in she will be sick whatever. It can even be two or three hours after a feed so sitting her up for 30 mins after feed doesn’t do much to help.

To begin with M kept to her weight graph but last time she was measured she dropped from 25% to 9% for weight. Our HV and GP don’t seem concerned and generally M is happy but it concerns me just how much milk she is losing out on. How long do I leave it for? Or do I go back to HV now? We have a drop in session on a Thursday morning so think we might go back them and see how much she weighs this week.

What has the past eight weeks taught me? I have never loved anyone so intensely and unconditionally as M and even when I don’t think I can love any more I surprise myself.