more photos

I am back at work so not much time as spending time with Mia!…….oh and Jez and Maddie haha!

babysat all by myself –

Although Maddie and jez have gone down to the shops for half hour, today they went out for a few hours and left me babysitting. I had expressed milk and I think they had a great time, although at what was feed time, Maddie said she started to think that Mia would be feeding and she felt herself filling up with milk and had to quickly think of something else.
This baby is SO photographed! I only put some of the best on here but I think I have taken about 320 photos so far……..
Happy to share with you all…….the updates and these early photos……….just expect occasional updates and photos to download in return at least until I get home early next year.

becoming great parents

maddie and Jez are really becoming great parents…..they were both nervous about handling a baby as neither had much experience, however, to look at them now you would never have guessed it.
Maddie enjoys breast feeding Mia and says it is so great to know you are continuing to supply the baby with what she needs, she is starting to express off some milk so others can help occasionally, this is in part because of travelling back in a few weeks. Maddie had said she was not sure whether she would feed for more than a few days, but actually likes the time she has with Mia. She did say she feels sorry for those that do not have someone to help them get it established, but that she wants to at least part feed Mia for a while yet……and she is doing a fantastic job. She gets up with her in the night and just gets on with it now with no help.
Jez plays Mia music from my itunes( a very eclectic mix) and says she loves a lot of the old music…..she especially likes Elvis…good girl Mia….Jeff and Grace play her punk!! ( she won’t like that!!). Jez can hold her one handed now which he never thought he would do and talks to her about the world and life and stuff…… is so cute to see. She has his long limbs and I think she will be taller than us girls( we are all about 5’4"………think she will be a couple of inches taller.
can’t believe how time is flying…… the time they go back they will be confident parents who will not be undermined by  the comments that people feel nescessary to say to new parents, ultimately parenting is not something that there are instructions with, and as me and Kev found out….each child can be very different even in the same family…… to me you emphasise what they do right and just guide, ultimately they are the parents and must make their own decisions about things. I think they are doing great, maddie is a lovely young mum who has the whole world in front of her, she is beautiful, loving and has a daughter who is the same……..I am VERY proud of her.

first day out

last night they got 7 hours sleep in 2 lots…….which at this stage is great. The milk has come in and yesterday maddie felt a bit full and a bit down, but today feels like a new woman. mia is feeding well.
Today Mia had her first trip out since coming home, maddie and Jez wanted me to go in case Mia did not settle but she was great and we were out for over 2 hours.
Mia is changing so much even in only 4 days, she is far more alert and is a nosy baby, we bought some toys today and she is already trying to reach for them. Her eyes are far more open as you can see from the photos.
Maddie is rapidly getting her shape back without even trying, I was the same with Mel and by 4 weeks was back in my jeans, albeit that I needed toning up……..I think Maddie will be the same, not that it worries her or Jez, he is lovely with her  and says she is stunning, which she is, she has a real happy glow about her that only comes from pure contentment. Jez looks at her in that amazed way that this woman could have given him this amazing daughter, it is lovely to watch.

milk coming in 3…….maddie and Jez were up with Mia for a few hours last night but thankfully had managed to have nearly 4 hours sleep prior while I baby sat. Maddie is doing really well with feeding but today milk started coming in and for those that have been through this it can be excrutiatingly painful, breast SO full it makes it difficult to get baby on, also you get a pain when the baby first goes on, it does not last long but for a few seconds its toecurling! I really felt for her but she has done great.the one thing she did say is she has a great bust, like having a free boob job and even posed for the camera,…see below
I did a show bath last night and they are doing the bath themselves tonight……Mia slept for about 3 hours after her bath and had a good feed last night so they are hoping that she will do the same tonight. I have to go to work tomorrow(other than this I am off for 2 weeks) and so there will be noone here for the day, she might also get the blues tomorrow…….but I also think it will be good for them to get a full day to themselves and they can call me, if I have to come away from the meeting then she comes first, but I also think its good for them. I have arranged for the midwife to come in tomorrow as well……….
Mia has got milk spots, little spots on her skin, which are normal for this time……but makes some of her photos show little red areas, it goes.
Gracie babysat while maddie and jez tidied their room and had showers etc…..she is SO proud of her little niece……its a shame mel is not here coz would be good to have them together.
anyway more photos………

first night

Well…..the first night home is over and I am babysitting(such a hardship:-) so maddie can have some deep sleep without worrying herself about Mia.
She was up off and on all night but is now managing to feed Mia unaided most of the time.
The two of them together are just lovely…….maddie is such a great mum and is so obviously in love with her baby.
Those that know maddie know she can be stroppy if she has a lack of sleep etc but she has taken to motherhood like a duck to water.
She has changed her nappy several times and every time Mia just poops more black stuff before she has a chance to get her nappy back on!Its great practice for them!
Jez has managed to have a good sleep so hopefully will feel more alert today. yesterday when me and maddie went to bed for an hour( I had been up 30 hours!) he sat with her on his lap and 2 hours later she was still there, he just kept looking at her.I don’t think he can believe it yet.
Think this is going to be the hardest time to let her go back to England!So you lot back there do not grudge me my time now, it will only be short lived for a while.
Looking forward to seeing the next one in July too………………melanie is coming over then and her baby will be 3 – 4 months old.
anyway nanna must go as Mia needs changing and maybe just a little cuddle……..I am more than a little bit in love with her myself! It’s amazing to think that the next generation has started and I think I have not fully taken in that my baby has a baby.