Astrid at 20 weeks 


I feel a bit bad about falling behind with these updates on Astrid. It’s nice to have them go read back through. I often read my old posts about Iris as a baby and try to remember her tiny hands and what it was like to breastfeed her. 

Astrid is now 20 weeks old. Not quite 5 months. At 5 months Iris weighed about 12lb. Astrid weighed over 14lb last time I had her weighed, which was a couple of weeks ago now. She’s so much bigger than Iris was! I’m fact, she’s wearing clothes Iris didn’t fit into until she was 8 months old. It’s hardly surprising really. Iris had a tougher start, and feeding her was hard work to start with. Everything has gone so much more smoothly this time and Astrid has gained weight so much faster. I’m struggling to come to terms with how fast time is going this time around. In a few short weeks Astrid will begin having solid foods! 

Most of my early posts about Iris were about sleep. She just didn’t. Astrid does. She sleeps pretty well actually. It’s nothing I’ve done. I’ve parented them exactly the same way. Some babies sleep and some babies don’t. I’m even more sure now that what you do as a parent doesn’t make much difference to how much they sleep. I’m so glad never to have gone down the sleep training route.  Unfortunately, Iris still wakes up several times a night, so I’m still not getting any! 

Astrid is loud. So loud. She experiments with her voice and likes to squawk and wail as loud as she can. When she’s not being noisy, she’s grinning. She’s so very jolly. Jolly and chubby. She’s like baby Santa. She beams at anybody who looks at her, but she’s saves her biggest smiles for us. Especially her big sisters! 

She’s reached that annoying stage where she gets bored and needs entertainment, but she can’t actually do anything yet. She’ll hold a toy, chew it and wave it around a bit, but sooner or later she drops it and then gets frustrated. I’ve found myself looking forward to her sitting up and playing, but then I feel sad because I don’t want to wish for her to grow faster. I just with she could join in with Iris’s games sometimes, because I’m pretty sure that’s what she’d like to do. 

We’re getting out of the house a lot. I’m amazed that I found it so hard to get out of the house when Iris was tiny, but now I get out with a toddler and a baby and it’s not even that stressful. I’ve obviously got better at this. 


I had no idea we had an Astrid shaped hole in our lives, but now it’s clear that we did. It’s like she’s always been here, and it seems odd that not long ago she wasn’t. 

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