What were we thinking! promote confidence and reduce distress in parents with a first baby

Parent stories and expert advice / Baby 5-8 weeks

A free lunch?

A free lunch?

We had our first What Were We Thinking (WWWT) skype session when L was 6 weeks old. It was amazingly helpful! A and I just kept wondering how we got such good advice for free! There were two main benefits to WWWT.

A great set of lungs

A great set of lungs

As the weeks went by Penelope’s crying has decreased. At 7 weeks much of her fussing and unsettled crying gradually began to decline.

Both of us gaining confidence

Both of us gaining confidence

The last few days I feel that all I have done is breastfeed, change and cuddle, the nurse was right about the crying. Ari has put on weight and our nurse said that sometimes during a growth spurt babies feed a lot so that’s what I am putting it down to.

Give things a go

Give things a go

Bedtime between 6 and 9pm for the first eight weeks sometimes proved challenging to settle Penelope in a short time frame. Some nights we could spend two hours in and out of her room re-settling.

New friends

New friends

I can’t believe how much of the day I spend feeding, changing and settling baby Ari, if anyone had told me I don’t think I would have believed them. I thought babies slept most of the time and never imagined it was such a full time (day and night) work.

Ouch!

Ouch!

Ari had his 2 month birthday including his health check at our Maternal and Child Health Centre and had his first immunisations a couple of weeks ago. Dimitri was great and held Ari for the needles as I was so nervous I was almost crying.

When will my skin clear?

When will my skin clear?

My skin is the worst it has ever been. I've tried everything from QV skin cream, benzac and now antibiotics to destroy the bacteria underneath the skin.

Work at home and in the office

Work at home and in the office

Let’s be frank, the workload is massive with the arrival of a baby. For Dad, it’s a challenge heading off to work each day slightly sleep deprived and possibly bearing unnoticed milk vomit on your shoulder.

Wrapped

Wrapped

The hospital taught us how to wrap our little girl. The first three weeks were OK and she seemed to like being wrapped.

Wrapping as a form of baby settling

Wrapping as a form of baby settling

They taught you how to 'wrap' your baby in hospital, but what is all the fuss really about?