Hi Annerley, I'm a bit clueless about the feeds and am going to speak to a nurse next week. So hard to know the right amount of milk feeds to solids. Probably there is a wide range of acceptable approaches. I more or less follow the advice in 'Baby Love' but some people think three breastfeeds isn't enough. I also don't know about meal sizes with solids and have no idea of Ellie's weight so I should be clearer on things next week.
I've looked over Ellie's sleep and most of the time she is getting about 13.5 hrs - just shy of the 14 hrs most often quoted for her age. I'll check with the nurse about that too but it seems to be enough. A few days she's had only 10 but not very often. I just freaked when I read 12 hrs overnight plus 4 hrs day sleeping!
I'm trying to enjoy things and not worry so much. Children are brought up differently all over the world with success and information changes all the time. The most important thing for me is to keep her healthy and enjoy parenthood as much as possible. I think that's when sleep school etc is important. Either you or your child is unhappy and it needs to be resolved for sanity and well being. I don't feel I am close to that yet, but may be able to avoid it better by learning from all the ladies who have gone before and shared their success here. So I am very grateful to be part of the conversation.
Spidery your family portraits are gorgeous!! R is too cute...