Swimming With Babies

The contents of a swimming bag for three!

The contents of a swimming bag for three!

We have a little routine going now on a Friday evening so we can have some time in the swimming pool with Alexandra. Even before she was born we bought cossies for her and decided we wanted to take her swimming, although eventually she was about 18 weeks old before we did.

We go to our local pool which has a session between 6.15 and 7.15 every evening for all ages, that may seem late to some but usually she’s had all her bottles for the day before we go so then when we get home she’s straight to bed, she always sleeps great afterwards so it’s not disrupting her routine as far as we can see.

As Dylan’s at work until gone five I prepare the swimming bag and then get Alex into her swimming cossie and swim nappy before wrapping her up warm and getting her into the car seat ready for him coming home. Once we get there we lay her down on the bench (obviously standing next to her at all times!) and get ourselves ready (I’ve always got my swimming stuff on under my clothes to make this process a bit quicker) before changing her at the last second.

We go into the pool for 20 minutes – as recommended by NHS guidelines to make sure she doesn’t get cold. She really enjoys bobbing along and watching the other people in there, as well as kicking her legs when she goes onto her front! From an early age she’s been in the shower and had water gently splashed on her face in the bath so she’s not scared of the water at all. I’d hate to have a child who didn’t want to get splashed!

After 20 minutes we go to the showers and I always skip washing my hair so I can go and empty the locker and get everything ready for her while Dylan gives her a shower. I then take her and wrap her in her big hooded towel to get dry and warm. Then it’s a quick change into a normal nappy and her babygrow so she doesn’t have to be changed again for bed when we get home. She’s then wrapped in her outside clothes to keep warm while we both get dressed again then we’re ready to go!

This little routine is working well for us although it will be even better when she can spend longer in the pool and one or both of us can get some proper swimming done in the lanes while the other looks after Alexandra for a bit!

Harriet and Alexandra X

Five Months Old

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Tomorrow our little poppet will be five months old – really not that far off her half-birthday! Although it seems like a billion years ago I gave birth and so many things have happened since, it’s also incredible to think she’s not a little tiny newborn anymore.

This month she seems to be learning new things every day and she’s also changed physically quite a lot – getting chunkier, losing hair and looking very different facially. She hardly ever rolls although we know she can do it, but she’s obsessed by hands – both her own and other people’s – and is now starting to reach out and grab her feet, also spending a lot of time with her legs straight up in the air as she likes to look at her toes!

We’ve been¬†swimming a few times which she’s really enjoyed, nosing at other people as well as kicking away in the water. She’s also now in the ‘big bath’ in a little seat so she gets to splash around a lot and sometimes daddy gets in the bath with her too! We’re in no hurry to wean so she’s still exclusively on milk, now taking 210ml five times a day.

Her routine sees her wake around 8.30am for her first feed, then having three more spaced throughout the day, with bedtime starting any time after 7pm. She’s normally asleep by around 8.30pm so doing a solid 12 hours with a couple of naps in the day. Sometimes she hardly naps for a couple of days but then she seems to need to catch up and has a very sleepy day.

We’re taking the train a lot and getting out and about more, seeing her NCT friends and their mommies most weeks now which is really lovely for both of us. Alexandra still absolutely adores her daddy! But she’s started to get a little more cuddly with me too which is brilliant.

She’s still in 3-6m clothes and is 14lb 15oz – remaining on the 50th centile! She’s loving ‘talking’ to us and does lots of what sounds like singing, especially in the morning. Alex is still in her moses basket in our room, which is fine as she rarely stirs in the night and if she does she only wants her dummy replaced.

That probably covers the main points! Can’t believe next time I do an update she’ll be six months.

Harriet and Alexandra x

A Day In The Life Of A New Mom

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1. Notice baby being sick
2. Catch as much sick in your hand as possible while frantically searching for a muslin cloth – which will have all disappeared at that moment despite there being at least three billion in your house.
3. Wipe sick off baby/floor/walls etc.
4. Check whether your clothing/hair has been vommed on.
5. Assess whether you can just rub in the sick and hope no one notices.
6. Change everyone’s outfit.
7. Notice baby doing a poo.
8. Wait for them to finish while simultaneously laughing at the grunting/face pulling and wondering whether it makes you weird watching another human pooing.
9. Change baby while trying not to hurl and wondering how something so cute can produce a smell so awful.
10. Put baby in jumparoo
11. Listen to the same goddamn tune over and over and over and over.
12. Try and do all the housework in the 20 minutes it takes for baby to get bored.
13. Notice baby is rubbing their eyes and looking like they haven’t slept in months.
14. Lay baby down with dummy in mouth.
15. Retreat to the other side of the room.
16. Notice dummy has come out of baby’s mouth and they are now wailing despite having taken the dummy out themselves.
17. Put dummy back in baby’s mouth.
18. Repeat steps 15 to 17 approximately 200 times until baby finally falls asleep.
19. Think about doing something useful while baby naps.
20. Baby wakes up while you’re still thinking.
21. Attempt to get bottle into baby’s mouth in the 2.1 seconds it takes between stirring and baby deciding they are so starving they need to wail at the same volume as a jet taking off.
22. Repeat steps one to 21 until daddy gets home and baby gives him their sweetest smile and wants to cuddle him even though every time you want a cuddle baby attempts to scratch your eyes out.

(I really like my baby honestly!)

Harriet and Alexandra X