Hello, i'm back! I had a couple of weeks away from my laptop to have a baby. Say hello to Baby Amelia, she's now 10 days old. I thought i'd write a post about our first week and tell you abit about her. I'm going to be writing a labour and delivery story so keep your eyes peeled for that.

Amelia was born on the 12th November 2017 at 13:18 weighing just 6lb 5oz, if you have been a reader for a while you may know we were having growth scans as they believed she was going to be a small baby. We had a scan on the 7th November and they believed she would have been 7lb 110z at this time so they had discharged us and she was considered a low risk labour. Little did we know she was going to be a small baby and when she was born she was on the 2nd centile ( ideally she needed to be above the 10th centile) so they needed to test her blood sugars which turned out to be fine. She has loads of hair, it's quite dark. I think her hair will be quite fair though. Her eyes seem to be blue right now but again this could change over the next few weeks. I think she has long legs and her feet and fingers are long too. She has the cutest button nose!

We were kept in hospital for a few days to keep an eye on Amelia's blood sugars and she was having regular obs. We finally came home on the Tuesday 14th November and it's such a surreal feeling to come home and have this baby to look after. It really does change everything. You can't just run to the shop anymore or go and have a long bath because you have this little human that needs you to take care of them. Clint goes back to work on Monday and i'm petrified of having to look after her all by myself, he's been incredible! We have been the ultimate team and I think we've done really well at sharing the responsibilities, we have both done a good amount of dirty nappies and bottle feeds. I Know when he goes back to work I might have to pick up a few more night feeds but for now were working really well together.

Amelia is such a good baby (so far, I know it's early days) Shes sleeping and eating really well. I really wanted to breastfeed but due to her size she really struggled to latch right away, I have tried and tried to get her on the boob but she's not having any of it and gets herself into a right state so for now i've stopped trying to force it on her. We were just formula feeding her whilst in the hospital, I did use a syringe to get some of my colostrum for her as this is the really good milk that you produce when you have a baby, she managed to get a good amount of this which made me happy. I had a lot of support from the midwives in the hospital but we didn't manage to get her to latch. When we were home I decided to try pumping to see if anything happened and I actually managed to get alot of milk so i've been expressing since. We are combination feeding so Amelia has a mixture of breastmilk and formula because I haven't been able to keep up with her demand, i'm trying to increase the amount of bottles I pump but it's hard with the amount of visitors we've had, it's not the same as breastfeeding because your sat there with your boob out and pumping into a pump, not feeding your baby. I will continue to express for as long as I can so at least Amelia is getting some of my milk, i'm just hoping my supply will continue to produce.

She sleeps really well during the day and mostly in the night, she struggles to get to sleep after some of her early night time feeds and sometimes is quite sicky so even though you've just fed her she becomes irritated and wants more milk. But apart from this she either wakes up for her feeds like clockwork or sometimes mummy and daddy actually have to wake her for her feeds. She just eats and sleeps at the moment, I know this will change over the next few weeks.

That's everything there is to know about Amelia so far really, as I said above i'm going to write my labour story so that should be up very soon.

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