Plus five months: no sleep till…Bromley?

March 16, 2015

Baby five months old

So what’s it like being the mum of a five month old, second time round?

Sisterly fist bump in solidarity for anyone not getting any sleep at the moment; there’s none happening over here. It’s not a massive surprise; I don’t seem to breed sleepers and babies will sleep like, well, babies. It just that wake-up after wake-up does grind you down after a while, doesn’t it?

Apart from that, Florence is an absolute smiley joy of a baby; a complete bundle of deliciously happy, cuddlesome miniature delight.

If we were going to do a teen magazine style barometer about her, we’d say she likes – being held! Doesn’t like – being put down! And she’s already pretty vocal about this. So I’ve had a five month crash course in doing everything either using a sling or one-handed, with a toddler in tow. It can make things tricky, but I think it’s probably her own second child way of demanding attention. So she still sleeps downstairs on one of us in the evenings, we really love our nursery and Netflix days, she co-sleeps in our bed with us (read my SnuzPod review), often along with Eliza – cosy – and we’re not even considering moving her out of our room just yet.

I also still have no hands or no time, judging by the fact I really did mean to write monthly updates four months ago.

So here we are, five months in; already. It seems like we’re just getting to know her but she is already, like her sister, little but fierce in her own unique way.

Read Florence’s speedy natural birth story, and one month baby update, and Eliza at five months.


  • Fola Lewis

    March 16, 2015 at 8:13 pm

    I hear you Gillian, no sleep here in South Wales either. But my daughter is deliriously happy during the day and after she wakes up so I’m willing to sacrifice a bit of sleep for her. Nursery and Netflix days? Wow! Awesome! X

    1. gillian

      March 25, 2015 at 10:39 am

      It’s lucky they’re so cute and make up for it in other ways, isn’t it? Currently on a Netflix and nursery day – trying to make the most of it xx

  • Munchies and Munchkins

    March 16, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    Ahh I feel you on the no sleep thing..16 months on and we are still having newborn sleep patterns. I hope it improves for you soon. We have also found that Chloe wants to be held much more than Izzy ever did. And of course now that Chloe wants cuddles so does Izzy… I shouldn’t moan though as I do enjoy them!

  • Carie

    March 16, 2015 at 10:53 pm

    Fist bumps indeed! We moved Pip out of our room because he was rolling out of his Moses basket and after the first couple of nights lulled us into a false sense of security I’ve lost count of the number of times I get up at night, and his day naps tend to be in the sling – he definitely likes to be held!!

  • Caroline

    March 17, 2015 at 1:16 pm

    Loving Florence’s t-shirt – I’m 8 weeks away from daughter number 2 and would love to know where it is from. My first wasn’t a sleeper so am preparing for number 2 being the same. *Sob!*

    1. gillian

      March 25, 2015 at 10:39 am

      Baby Gap! They have some really good ones (also try Mothercare for big / little brother / sister ones). It’ll be fine – you’ll get through it. Exciting though, how are you feeling about it all? x

  • Molly

    March 19, 2015 at 1:50 pm

    Another sleep-phobic baby here too! I tell myself it’s a sign of heightened intelligence…

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    April 7, 2015 at 10:26 pm

    Having a little ones mean sleepless nights. Can’t wait to get my sleep back, but I know it is worth it because they are so cute.

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