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Four Weeks of a Little Pip

25/09/2014

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

If last week was the week when we first started to see the new newborn look fading, this was the week when we knew it for certain. They say there is a moment when babies start to ‘come into themselves’, when all the unscrumpling is finished, and this week we’re definitely unscrumpled.

And it’s not just that he’s stretching himself out more; those gorgeous soft little cheeks are round and plump and incredibly snugglable, with a suggestion of a little baby double chin on the way, and while his legs still seem incredibly long, they’re not quite so skinny as they first seemed.

Pip has always seemed quite an alert little baby, but even that is coming more to the fore; he’ll curl up in your arms quite contentedly just staring at your face or watching me make patterns in the sunlight with my fingers, just gazing back at the world with big eyes.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

He’s over a pound more than his birthweight now, still tracking up the 91st centile, and still growing out of his clothes at a vast rate of knots. I haven’t quite had to go and buy the next size up in my favourites yet, fortunately they’re on the generous side, but it’s only a matter of time before I popper him into a fresh set of clothes and realise that I’ve trussed him up like a banana.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

It’s been quite fun looking back over the girls’ baby books and seeing when they hit the same weight milestones; Kitty was three weeks before she hit his birth weight and Elma at five weeks was still a few ounces shy of Pip at three. It just makes them seem so dinky in comparison, and they weren’t exactly tiny babies.

I suspect there’s a very good chance that this boy of mine is going to be way way taller than his Mama, which probably means taller than H too, and we’re not exactly short, coming in at 6’0″ and 6’1″ respectively. We’ll get a rough guess at his six week check up when we see what centile he’s on for length but looking at this little man in his pram, or his Moses basket or just in my arms I’m going for at least tall enough to pat me on the head and call me ‘little Mummy’. I used to do that to my Mum and she was at least 5’8″ which I’m reliably informed is considered tall for a woman – just not in our family it’s not!

And yet there’s still a good part of me that struggles to connect the idea of a tall young man with this tiny bundle nuzzling into my shoulder.
Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

Last week I mentioned that was going to cut down on my dairy intake to see if that helped with Pip’s posseting; I’ve not always been as strict on the no dairy as I might have been – the notable lapses all involving birthday cake – but I have cut down a good deal and it seems to have helped, I don’t feel quite so permanently damp for one thing.

And as for the rest of us, and family life with our still blue eyed boy; well it’s wonderful, it’s hard, it’s full of laughter, there are moments when it feels like someone is always wailing, moments when you feel like you’re competing in a very bizarre version of the Generation Game (can you get lunch on the table including cutlery and drinks before the baby (a) wakes up (10 points) or (b) starts to clamour for his own lunch (5 points)), and moments when time seems to slow to a standstill and everything seems so perfect that you know all you can do is stop and drink it in before another squabble breaks out over whose turn it is to play on the scooter and life moves on.

Space for the Butterflies - an eclectic handmade family life

In short it continues to be extraordinarily ordinary, and that in itself is a very wonderful thing.

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  • mary 25/09/2014 at 9:52 am

    So i hope future teenage Kitty doesn’t read this, but in these pics little Pip looks very much like her (to me, anyway).

    • Carie 25/09/2014 at 12:48 pm

      Oh he does – incredibly so. There’s a picture of Kitty on our landing that you would easily say is Pip apart from the fact that we look younger and less tired!

  • preeta samarasan 25/09/2014 at 12:57 pm

    It really is astonishing how much he looks like his oldest sister! And he’s enjoying his tongue now, isn’t he? 😉

    • Carie 25/09/2014 at 4:48 pm

      Definitely the spitting image of Kitty at that age – complete with sticky out tongue!

  • Claire @ Clarina's Contemplations 25/09/2014 at 8:46 pm

    Just adorable, Carie! What a blessed lady you are!

    • Carie 26/09/2014 at 11:01 am

      Very very blessed indeed!

  • Donna 25/09/2014 at 11:13 pm

    Oh the awake pictures are just gorgeous, he is beautiful! Four weeks already, that has zoomed by! x

  • sally 26/09/2014 at 12:18 am

    I can see so much of both Kitty and Elma in there! Lovely photos.

  • kate @ livinglovinglaughing 26/09/2014 at 4:57 am

    oh what a cutie!! those 3rd babies are always so precious 🙂

  • Brandi 26/09/2014 at 2:49 pm

    So, so sweet!

    • Carie 26/09/2014 at 7:55 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Caroline 26/09/2014 at 9:35 pm

    I know I said this on Instagram but who is this big boy?? He is gorgeous and yep, the double of Kitty. My babies have been in newborn for at least a month and then 0-3 til 5 months at least! Looking forward to next months update:)

    • Carie 27/09/2014 at 8:37 am

      Even my girls, who weren’t exactly small, were in up to one month for a bit and then 0-3 for something vaguely approaching 3 months old! He’s currently wearing a Babygro that we bought for Kitty’s first Christmas!!

  • older mum in a muddle 28/09/2014 at 7:53 pm

    Gosh! You can see how clearly how much he’s grown in such a short space of time. How alert he’s looking and how that gorgeous face has filled out. Can’t believe it’s four weeks already! X

    • Carie 29/09/2014 at 9:45 am

      You and me both!! Where is all this time going to?