Its crazy to think that in a few more weeks baby Lulu is going to be 5 months old.As a new first time mom I’ve learnt so much since she came into this world and i have to say i feel like I’m a new changed woman.I have whole level of respect for my mother knowing all the things she did for me to keep me happy and healthy.Thanks mom :*
Growing up I’ve never been patient and with Lulu i’ve learnt so much about being patient.You see when you have a little baby thats so hopeless and to her you are her whole world and she’s learning new things slowly everyday you have to be extremely gentle and patient with them and understanding.Lulu’s taught me about the joy of being patient and how with time you see great results and its so wonderful to see her develop over the last few months.I have to admit though there were sleepless nights and at times i would totally want to thrown the towel and give up and thats when Hani (my husband) would take over and I’m glad to have him by my side.
I’ve also learnt to appreciate the little things in life.Living in this fast paced world we forget to slow down and cherish the little things in life like looking up at the sky or smiling when you notice a beautiful flower but Lulu would really slow me down at times and as she would discover new things,sights and sounds around her and smile i would too and i loved that.
Alrighty enough about me,lets talk about little Lulu.
So Lulu has Aptimal Comfort 1 formula.I stopped breastfeeding after a month mainly because i wasn’t producing enough milk and also because Lulu would be so hungry even after having my milk due to to little milk supply.We feed her every 4 hours and give her a little water in between if she gets thirsty.She takes about 210 to 240ml(full feed) and has even started to take in a little solids like banana,yoghurt and apple at around 10pm at night before her last full feed.She refuses to try out solids in the morning mainly because she’s too busy exploring and playing i guess.Her first feed is around 12pm and last around 12am.
Sleep & Naps
Lulu naps around 2-3 times a day for about 45 minutes to an hour on her play mat and then sleeps around 10-11 hours at night from 1 am to around 11.30am the next day which is fabulous in her crib.I’ve learnt a few tricks that i got her use to off which my mom told me about that really helped her sleep.From day one we NEVER swaddled her to sleep.If she would cry we would just comfort and sooth her until she’d doze off to la la land.If she’s clingy and wants to be cuddled we’d cuddle her give her a few kisses and put her back to bed.Another thing is bed time routine.We’d always change her diaper, put cologne and in her little sleep bagie and she knows she’s suppose to sleep.We always give her a full feed so she lasts all night.For mornings i always give her a bath everyday first thing and then feed her a full feed and she knows its morning.
Gas & Colic
Oh MY! Lulu was such a gassy colicy baby at first mainly because her stomach was still developing and she was having formula and also the tiniest wind would get her cold.Naturally i turnt to my mother who gave me a few pieces of advice which were gold.I tie her belly with a baby belly wrap to protect her tummy from getting cold and always always make sure she’s covered and warm when we go out.I put her in her baby suit and little hat to protect he from the wind or the a/c’s which are usually always blasting on full in Kuwait.Another thing, i use a special recipe of cumin seeds, fennel seeds and anise seed boiled in a tiny bit of sugar water to make her formula in.This would prevent the colic and gas especially because formula can be a little bit hard on a babies gentle stomach.
Loves to drool all over and suck her fingers and thumbs.Exploring herself and making sounds like a plane and screaming out loud with joy.Oh and she loves to sleep on her side just like her daddy and oh my goodness she’s a rolling machine these days and started fighting to sleep on her tummy since yesterday (which isn’t good).
So yeah, these are the updates on Lulu and me!I l love being a mom and honestly there are days when i want a break and i tell Hani to take over.But motherhood is a totally different experience and brings a whole new edge to your life for the better.
Love , Sahar xoxo