We were given a new play mat last weekend and Lyra quickly fell in love with the monkey on it. She’ll lay there for 10 minutes or so (the longest she’ll occupy herself for) staring at this monkey. She starts by smiling at it then chatters away at it. Eventually she’ll get frustrated at the monkey, start frowning and eventually shout at it until we take her away. It’s the cutest thing to see. I’ll try and capture it on video to share with you guys. That’s been the biggest development with Lyra this week. She can definitely entertain herself…

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  This week we said goodbye to the Moses basket and hello to the cot. It went much better than I thought and I can only hope that she takes to all changes as well as this one. Although I think the only reason she did so well with this one was because she loves to stretch out when she sleeps so the more space the better. Her smiles are becoming more frequent and they really light up her face. I’m sure she’s starting to recognise Matt and I as she saves the biggest smiles for us which I love!…

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Despite Lyra being pretty grumpy the past few days we decided to try her in the cot last night. She was starting to wake herself up in the moses basket because she’d hit the sides when she stretched out. We were pretty sure she’d like it because she likes to spread out when she sleeps but because of her recent mood we kept our fingers crossed. Turns out there was nothing to worry about, she went straight to sleep in it, slept 9-3 then 3.30-7.30! She looks so tiny in her cot bed, right now I can’t imagine her ever…

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This week has definitely been the week of the baths. We decided to try her in the proper bath with one of us and she love them! She loves kicking around in the water and now only cries when we get her out. The health visitor came round this week as well and weighed Lyra, she’s now 10lb 10oz, I’m really proud of our nursing relationship and it’s nice to know that it’s working. She’s also getting so long! We’ve already had to retire some of the smaller 0-3 sleep suits and I know it won’t be long before we’re…

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This week Lyra starting smiling and I’ve got to say that it’s pretty much the best thing ever. She’s still pretty stingy with them but that just makes it even better when we manage to coax one out of her. I tried for a long time to get a smile out of her for this photo but it just wasn’t happening so I had to give up. I know that there will be plenty of smiles in our future though so that’s ok.

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  I can’t believe 4 weeks have already passed with this little one in our lives. She’s so much more alert now and really looks at you instead of just over your shoulder. She does still spend a lot of time staring at the living room window which is covered by blinds though. That’s still kind of creepy. Lyra is no longer content to just lie on us, she wants interaction and attention and we are more than happy to give it to her. She’s also found her voice this week, making not only content little gurgles but also crying…

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This week has still been about getting used to being home alone with Lyra. She grumbles a little more now but we’re still very lucky as she’s sleeping in long stretches over night. The week was a week of firsts for me though. I nursed Lyra in public for the first time, used public baby changing facilities and went out on my own with her for the first time. I thought having a baby would be all about their firsts but this week has proved otherwise! Lyra did have her first picnic, national trust visit and met some new people…

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Gosh, I really do love him. I cannot sing this man’s praises enough. He is, quite simply, amazing. Watching him take on his new role as a father has been an absolute delight and I’m sure I’m falling more and more in love with him. As we settle in to our new family and get to know Lyra more we’re able to take a little time back to just be us. Conversations that aren’t solely about this new life we’ve created have started to sneak in, cuddles on the sofa has resumed and little adventures are back. I am so…

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