The Newborn Diaries:
Elowen’s Third Week

After keeping a diary of Elowen’s first week earthside, I have decided I would carry on keeping daily notes for the next few weeks. The days all seem to roll into one at the moment (sleep deprivation will do that) and I know these early weeks will become such a blur all too soon. I want to be able to look back on them and remember as much as I can – the good days and the rough days.

Elowen’s third week:

Monday – Day 15:

I survived my first day of solo parenting with two kiddos! I must admit, I had been really nervous about Stephen going back to work but today went a lot better than I hoped. I managed to get us all fed, dressed and out of the house. We went to the local church playgroup in the morning. Jasmine and I did some Christmas crafts whilst Elowen snoozed in the her carrycot. I felt like super mum! Pride before a fall?!

Tuesday – Day 16:

Jasmine had nursery this morning which meant 5 hours of guilt-free time with my littlest lady. It was nice to be able to feed Elowen without having to say things like “I can’t do that right now” and “I’ll do it in the minute, Jasmine”. At 12pm I had the Health Visitor round. I now have another bunch of leaflets to read… I’d only just finished reading the ones the midwife gave me last week! Elowen weighed 8lb 11oz today so she’s putting on weight nicely. The HV asked me if I’d thought about my contraception options. Honestly? It’s the LAST thing on my mind!


Also today this happened:

Wednesday – Day 17:

Today has been exhausting. Elowen was quite unsettled last night and was waking up for feeds very frequently. I felt like Jasmine was really pushing my buttons throughout the day but my tiredness didn’t help matters. We went out for a walk to the shops in the morning, just for something to do. Jasmine kept running off down the aisles despite me asking her to stay close to me. Later on in the afternoon I snapped at her because she was pushing Elowen too roughly in her Nuna chair. She got tearful and her bottom lip wobbled which made me feel like a horrible mum because really she was only trying to comfort her baby sister.

I’ve consumed a silly amount of chocolate today. Hopefully tomorrow will be better.

Thursday – Day 18:

I’m feeling more human today. Last night E had her last feed before bed at around 11pm and then didn’t wake again for another one until 3.30am. Not only that, but she also slept in the Next to Me for most of the night which is a first! *fist pump* Normally she will only settle to sleep when she’s next to me in our bed which I don’t mind but I don’t think I sleep as well/deeply when I know she’s in the bed with me.

Jasmine was at nursery this morning so I took E to the cinema for the parent and baby screening of ‘Sully: Miracle on the Hudson”. I felt like I should’ve been doing something else ‘more important’ but once I got there, I enjoyed the film and uninterrupted baby hugs. Plus the walk to town and back (half an hour or so each way) probably did me some good.

I’ve been using the nipple shields a lot less today and whilst it takes E a bit longer to latch on without them, feeding is still going well.

Friday – Day 19:

Whoa, I’d totally forgotten how tiring it is having a newborn. I am beyond exhausted. I managed to convince Jasmine to snuggle up in bed with Elowen and I a little longer this morning. I needed a bit more time to wake up so I stuck Blaze and the Monster Machines on the telly and semi-dozed for a while.


I realised once I was up that I’d ran out of my medication (in fact, I missed a day yesterday) so we needed to take a trip down to the doctors surgery to pick up my prescription. I wore Elowen in my Boba 3G carrier and Jasmine walked. We popped into the coffee shop on the way home for milkshakes which made me realise how much more grown up Jasmine has suddenly become.


The afternoon passed by in a blur – there’s always something to do or somebody who needs attention. And before I knew it, it was 6pm and Stephen was walking through the door. I survived my first week with both children! We’ve gotten outside every single day and dare I say it, but I’ve actually enjoyed having the two of them to myself. Well, except when they’re both crying at the same time – that’s headache inducing!

Saturday – Day 20: 

Well last night was PANTS! I’m not sure I got any sleep at all, I certainly don’t feel like I did. Elowen was waking constantly for feeds and would not settle after them – she just kept crying. She seemed frustrated for whatever reason and I was getting irritated because I couldn’t do anything to calm her down. I’d shove a boob in her mouth but that only worked temporarily.

I’m so glad it’s Saturday so that Stephen was able to get up with Jasmine (at 6am) and I could stay in bed. Elowen and I didn’t get up until gone half past ten! It meant that today was a bit of a write-off because I was too tired to do anything. I managed to order a couple of Christmas presents online but that was the extent of my productivity.

I can’t believe E will be 3 weeks old tomorrow. I feel so sad about how quickly the time is going – I think it’s because I know she will my last baby. She already seems so much bigger than Jasmine was at this age (because she is).

Sunday – Day 21:

Ahh look at my gorgeous girl…

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It’s so crazy to think that she is three weeks old already. I feel a bit guilty that I don’t take as many photos of her as I did when Jasmine was a baby. I try to make a special effort to get some nice ones every Sunday so I can at least see how much bigger she’s getting each week. Today she seemed really alert when I was taking her photos – she was taking everything in and wondering what on earth Mummy was doing. It’s something she’s going to have to get used to! ;)

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We’ve had a nice chilled out family day today. We took the dog out for a walk this morning – it was freezing! Annoyingly I can’t do my coat up all the way when I’m wearing Elowen in the carrier. I have ordered one of those fleecey jumper tops though with the hole in the front for baby! The sooner that arrives, the better!

We also put up the Christmas tree… well, Jasmine and Stephen put up the tree. I was stuck on the sofa feeding Elowen (who I swear, has been non-stop feeding today). I did hang a few baubles up at the end so that was something I suppose.

I’ve been struggling to do the online food shop this evening because E screams the moment I put her down. I secretly love having a clingy baby but it does make simple tasks a bit difficult at times!

I’m sad the weekend is over but looking forward to what the next week with my two babies holds. I’ll be trying not to get too emotional as my littlest lady approaches the one month old mark! Waaah!!


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  1. Avatar December 12, 2016 / 9:21 am

    Can’t believe how fast she’s growing up!!! Totally get where you’re coming from with the clingy baby though!!


    • Jenna December 12, 2016 / 3:32 pm

      It seems to be going ridiculously fast! Haha, yes she’s a bit of a velcro baby. :) xx

  2. Avatar December 12, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Bless you, you’ve done so well. I was the same in dreading coping with two at home alone, but it passes by in such a blur. I think managing to keep both kids fed and alive constitutes as a day well done haha.

    Emily //

    • Jenna December 12, 2016 / 3:35 pm

      Thank you, Emily. It’s crazy how fast the day goes now I have the demands of two little people to meet! Haha, too right, fed and alive is all I’m aiming for right now… anything else is a bonus! ;) xx

  3. Avatar December 13, 2016 / 7:10 am

    She’s changed so much already in only 3 weeks – it’s amazing how quickly they grow up! The parent and baby screening sounds amazing – I’ll need to look into it and see if my cinema does them!

    Kirsty |

    • Jenna December 14, 2016 / 10:24 am

      I know, I think she’s ‘filled out’ quite a bit already. It truly is amazing how fast they grow. Oh definitely have a look. I go to a little independent cinema but I think even the bigger ones like Cineworld etc. do baby friendly screenings. xx

  4. Avatar December 13, 2016 / 8:28 am

    haha I feel so silly, I was about to be like OMG NOOOO STOPPPP, It only felt like last week I read an update.. well funny that, seeing as it’s a weekly update! haha Gosh I’m losing my marbles jenna!

    Everytime you feel just a bit pants I want you to remember not only have your brought Jasmine into this world but you’ve now also brought the gorgeous Elowyn and if you couldn’t tell from her pose, she’s already telling you you’re super mum. You have 2 angels at home as well as finding time to do all the mundane house stuff AND look after yourself and it’s hard. I struggle with just the 1 angel lol. Please remember you are absolutely smashing it and if you sleep in till 10.30 and got shopping done, don’t think of it as I ONLY got to do that, not ONLY did you survive another day, but you looked after your gorgeous family another day and managed to find time to rest in the process. Thats pretty amazing to me :)

    Love you Jen x

    • Jenna December 16, 2016 / 9:14 pm

      Ahh, Lucie – you always leave the loveliest comments. Thanks so much for your kind words. I promise to cut myself some slack. Love ya too. xx

  5. Avatar December 13, 2016 / 1:28 pm

    You’re doing so well! I’m panicking about looking after a newborn and dog so I don’t know hoe you’re doing it with 2 children xx
    Glossy Boutique

    • Jenna December 13, 2016 / 7:07 pm

      Fear not, you’ll be great lovely lady! xx

  6. Avatar December 14, 2016 / 1:27 pm

    These weeks are just flying by – three weeks already! It sounds like you handled Stephen’s return to work really well; I struggle some days with just the one 3 year old! You’re doing amazing! I think it’s great that you enjoyed your cinema trip as opposed to be doing something ‘more important’ – remember to make time for you!

    • Jenna December 16, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      The time really is flying by – I can’t believe Elowen will be a month old on Sunday! It’s certainly tough adjusting to looking after two children (the toddler alone was tough enough at times!) You’re right – ‘me time’ will be even more elusive these days so I need to make the most of it when I can! xx

  7. Avatar December 14, 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Awww I love this, she’s a beauty and I love the name Elowen!

    • Jenna December 16, 2016 / 8:54 pm

      Thank you, Claire. xx

  8. Avatar December 15, 2016 / 1:07 pm

    It goes so quickly. What a lovely way to record your week. The first time with two children is really daunting but soon you learn to adjust. You are doing amazingly x

    • Jenna December 16, 2016 / 9:12 pm

      Thanks, Tanita – it’s such a big adjustment but I’m having fun learning how to get into the swing of things. xx

  9. Avatar December 15, 2016 / 7:04 pm

    It sounds like you’re doing an amazing job. Can’t believe you’re managing to do so much with a three week old baby. I’m sure I wasn’t this efficient back in January. Like you if it was a bad day chocolate always makes things better.

    • Jenna December 16, 2016 / 9:10 pm

      Ah, thank you Lisa. Oh yes – chocolate is definitely the cure to a bad day. xx

  10. Avatar December 15, 2016 / 9:23 pm

    oh so adorable. I remember these days, especially when my husband went back to work :( you’re doing great and it flies by xx

    • Jenna December 16, 2016 / 8:49 pm

      It was a bit of a shock to the system but I’ve been too busy to really dwell on him not being here. xx

  11. Avatar December 15, 2016 / 9:37 pm

    Oh my goodness! I am 20 weeks pregnant and you have reminded me how utterly exhausting the newborn days are, only now we will have another child to look after! ? Xx

    • Jenna December 16, 2016 / 8:42 pm

      Haha, I am falling asleep on the catch almost every afternoon/evening. Two kids are exhausting. Wouldn’t change it for the world, though. :) x

  12. Avatar December 16, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    This reminded me so much of my first weeks as a mum to two… so hard but so rewarding! Keep on scoffing the chocolate too it really helps!

    • Jenna December 16, 2016 / 8:40 pm

      Haha, it sure does help. Luckily because it’s almost Christmas we have A LOT of chocolate in the house. ;) xx

  13. Avatar December 16, 2016 / 7:10 pm

    Oh Jenna! My ovaries are exploding…! I think it’s hilarious when the HV asks you things like that JUST after you’ve given birth – I remember being like “Um, I haven’t slept in 3 weeks – and I’m still bleeding A LOT! I don’t think that will be on the cards for a while yet!” It sounds like you’re nailing it though :) Enjoy the baby bubble xxxx

    • Jenna December 16, 2016 / 8:55 pm

      I know, right? Truly is the LAST thing on my mind. There’s only one thing I want to do in bed… SLEEP. Heh, thanks lovely. xx

  14. Avatar December 17, 2016 / 1:30 pm

    Love this post and I’ll keep coming back to read your next updates! My wee boy is 8 weeks and only just settling in the Next to Me so your little one is doing well! I struggle to get us both out the house in the morning so you’re an absolute hero to manage it with two!

    • Jenna December 19, 2016 / 3:36 pm

      Oh there is still hope for me to get her sleeping in the Next-to-me then? I guess it just takes them a while to get used to being earthside hey? Haha, I have to get us out of the house otherwise the toddler goes stir crazy – it definitely takes longer than it used to, that’s for sure. xx

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