Paternity Leave Expired.

So today marks the end of 4 weeks of paternity (minus the occasional days work when it has been busy). What a time it has been, there has been ups, downs, sleep deprivation and emotions flying left right and centre.

I am so luckily to have got as long as I did to enjoy such a special time with my family. Everly’s arrival into our family went as smoothly as we could have wished for, life stayed pretty much the same just with one extra person to shower with love. We were expecting it to be a little difficult on Lillith (been an only child for 2 and a half years, then *bam* someone else needs Mummy and Daddy’s attention too) but she took to it amazingly. She welcomed her sister into the family with open arms and absolutely adores her. The crying in the night and me and Taryn up and down has not affected her sleep either, she still sleeps through the night undisturbed.

We have faced a few tough decisions during the last 4 weeks. One of them being the decision to stop breastfeeding. Although Everly was (for the most part) doing well on the breast, it was causing Taryn too much pain to continue due to the cracked and sore nipples that occurred during the first week, Everly’s latch did improve going forward but there was no time off the boob to allow them to heal. After a week or so of expressing and bottle feeding it then became clear that when I did return to work there would not be enough time in the day to look after a baby and a toddler and pump every 3 hours. So we made the decision to switch onto a soya based formula… after all fed is best.

Sleep has also been rather tough, obviously the lack of sleep is a given, Everly down right refuses to sleep in her crib at night. She will occasionally take naps in it during the day but not for very long. We have taken it in turns to sleep on the couch so that Everly can sleep in her swing in the living room as it’s the only way anyone can actually get any sleep. Lillith used to be exactly the same and I am so thankful that we decided to keep the swing after Lillith out grew it because once again it has been a lifesaving resource.

Although the nights of little sleep are far from over, I am looking forward to going back to work and supporting my family so we can enjoy so much more outings and adventures together.

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