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August 10, 2011

the three month mark

After what seems like both an eternity and a blink of an eye, Charlotte is now three months old.  And just like everyone said, it has gotten a lot easier.

That being said, I estimate that Ive done around 800 feeds, 800 nappy changes and close to 100 baths in these first three months, so I should be getting the hang of some things by now!

It seems like she is getting so big, but while she has doubled in size since birth she is still a wee little poppet.

While I love putting her in the 000 outfits that were way to big for her as a newborn, I also feel a little sad that she is growing so fast – almost makes me want another baby already (almost, but not quite).

So what have I learned?

I’ve learned you can wake a baby up in a number of ways – sit down for a minute (especially if you sit down with a coffee/tea/glass of wine/piece of cake).  Put dinner on the table. Try and have  a nap (although I must say despite everyone telling me to ‘sleep when the baby sleeps’ Ive managed three naps during the day since she was born).

Conversely, if you want a baby to go to sleep the best way to go about it is invite visitors over who want to see her awake. Or have a doctors appointment that requires her to be awake.

Perhaps, like her mummy, Lottie is just a contrary little thing and wants to do what she wants, when she wants to.

More importantly Ive learned a lot about patience (doing stuff quickly, especially getting out and about, is a thing of the past).

And Ive learned, more than anything, about the joys of putting someone elses needs 100% before your own.  While this can be testing at times, there is definitely a certain joy in how motherhood forces you to become less selfish, and more tolerant.

Ive learned that while Obama et al might survive on 5 hours sleep a night, I do not (not well, anyway).

These days I dream not of shoes and handbags, holidays in exotic locations or a night out on the town, but of more than 3 hours sleep in one block.

Ive also learned, for future reference, not to plan on doing renovations with a newborn baby in the house.  Or at least six months either side of the estimated due date. Living in a construction zone/campsite did not make the first few weeks any easier.

All in all this has without a doubt been the hardest three months of my life, but also the most beautiful.  Now, when will I get my sleep?