Monday 9 May to Saturday 14 May

Monday 9 May to Saturday 14 May

We had a lovely week enjoying Ella – she has grown so much already and we are still enjoying doing the normal day to day activities with Janet and Adrian.  Ella is so cute – she makes lots of little noises while she is sleeping and especially when she is feeding.  On cue, she just made what Sandy’s Dad would have referred to, as an impersonation of a squeaky gate!

On Tuesday, we had a visit from Sandy’s sister’s brother-in-law, Michael and his wife, Maggie.  They spend half the year living nearby in Bray and the other half in Melbourne.  We spent a lovely morning together and it was so nice to catch up with them again as the last time we saw them was in 2009 when we were here last.

On Thursday the Health Visitor came to see Janet and Ella.  In the UK, after your baby is born, your midwife comes to the house to check the baby on the 3rd day, 5th day and 10th day and then passes your care on to the Health Visitors (attached to your local G.P.)  We think it is a brilliant idea because any issues with the baby or the mother can be picked up earl.   As well as health care, the parents receive valuable information and support in the comfort of their own home.  The Health Visitor tested Ella’s hearing, which showed no problems, which we were already sure of as she often turns her head to look at you when you are speaking to her.  She also weighed Ella who now weighs 4kg – an increase of 0.5kg since birth!!

On Friday Janet caught up with some of her workmates in the afternoon and so the two of us went for a walk.  It is difficult to walk around the area because of the golf course behind the flats, which makes the “block” quite big – it took us 50 mins, but we enjoyed exploring an area that we hadn’t seen previously.

On Saturday, we met up with some of Janet and Adrian’s friends at the local Italian restaurant, Francesco’s – a lovely time was had by all.

Over the past few days, Ella has had some issues in the evening with wind and has been unable to settle.  We have all taken turns in giving her cuddles or walking the floor with her.  Janet and Adrian have tried many things to soothe Ella including cuddles, dummy (which she hates), bathing her (worked for a while), playing the piano and singing to her (also worked for a while) and even taking her for a drive in the car.


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