The only way is up, baby !!! :-)

On his last midwife check-up on Wednesday, we found that Oliver has finally begun to put some weight on ๐Ÿ™‚ He has put on 3oz so is now weighing in at 7lbs 12oz. The panic (that was almost about to begin) is not required fortunately. The downside to all of this is that he has figured out that he would like to be (and can be) fed every hour on the hour – regardless of whether it light or dark outside. He does not discriminate the dark hours ๐Ÿ™ So, we had two weeks of reasonable sleep and now poor Vicky is getting next to now sleep during the night and little chance during the day either. We have obtained an electric milk extraction device so that maybe we can bottle some booby scooby and then daddy could do a couple of night shifts….. Simon took Vicky’s car down to the garage for a quick check-up following the battery discharging itself twice in a week – it transpires that all is OK and that it is purely lack of use that caused the issue. Makes sense I guess, but still we needed to be sure that all was OK, if Vicky is going to be out in it with the boys ๐Ÿ™‚ The conservatory folks are coming back a week tomorrow to hopefully fix the leak in the conservatory roof – we wait with baited breath….

Oliver is losing weight :-(

He has lost a further 60g today (or rather since Friday) which is not great news ๐Ÿ™

So he now weighs 7lbs 9oz – he was 8lbs 6oz at birth, so he is closing in on the 10% that he is “allowed” to lose.

Vicky has been unable to express any reasonable quantity of milk, and Oliver is more than happy to chew on the nipples all day given the chance – guess just like any bloke right?

The midwife has suggested letting him have the first 10 minutes or so, and if he is demonstrating that he is just “doing what boys do”, then take him off, wake him up properly and start again.ย  He is definitely better at getting the milk out than the manual method but not good enough it seems.ย  We have given in and let him have 1 1/2 oz of SMA Gold today – he took it down in under 10 minutes and then took on a 2 hour sleep – Vicky had to wake him again in order to try him again with booby scooby.

Midwife is coming back on Wednesday to assess if we have lost more weight and hence to determine what to do – think we may well have already decided to go with formula milk in honesty.

ย We have also booked him in to see the doctor tomorrow since his cord has now come off, but has left behind a single worm like piece of skin that while is OK, it may be some thing that can be quickly and easily removed.ย  Will see tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

Rain, rain go away, come back another….. year ?

Well, we have had two days of what feels like continuous rain ๐Ÿ™

Yesterday, we went to Sheffield to Monkey Bizness to give Elliot some soft play centre time – he had a real ball – tired daddy out as well.

Today, we have had the conservatory blinds fitted today – they are really nice and hopefully will deal with the brightness of the sun – not that we can find out today – the rain is handily shielded by the roof and windows, so the blinds did not offer any help there.

This all being said, we did find time to crack open the new charcoal BBQ today since we have hosted Frank, Sophie, Fabrizio and Rhiannon in the afternoon.ย  It is really nice to see Elliot playing so well with other little ones – he and Fabrizio have played well all afternoon and Elliot shared all his toys well, including his “red car” – the 6v battery powered car for outside.

On it’s second outing, the grilling went very well – somehow, Simon’s skills are not half bad – no seriously BF’ed food yet.ย  That’s right, we said YET ๐Ÿ™‚

Rusty Boys

We went to see Elliot and Oliver’s’ Great Grandma and Grandpa yesterday – the Rust boys photo is below….

We had a good night sleep last night – well 2 4 hour sleeps – not half bad ๐Ÿ™‚

Elliot has been at Nursery today and Simon has finally taken the scrap (from the front garden) to the tip ๐Ÿ™‚ He can be such a lazy waster at times…. To make the job a little more complex, Simon loaded up the 5 series, got the card to grant access to the actual recycle centre, got in the car, turned the key……and …….nothing.ย  The car battery was flat ๐Ÿ™ย  1 hour later, following a short charge, all was OK againย  and the engine burst into life – the 10 mile trip that ensued, hopefully will have charged it enough.

We are all registered

Oliver is now registered and we have his official Birth Certificate (plus a couple of spares) – we went to Dewsbury Register Office this morning and get everything signed and sealed.

Just got home, started to feed and then a large vibratingย  flatulent sound – it was wet, brown very toxic smelling and filled his nappy and then overflowed rather neatly into his clothes.ย  Made it right up to his shoulder blades ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Clearly, gets his flatulence from mummy ๐Ÿ™‚

On other subjects we have the Conservatory blinds being fitted on Saturday and the Conservatory people are coming to take a look at the leak n Saturday also.