So on the 2nd July Matilda Mae reached two months of age.
I feel like she has been with us forever.
Matilda Mae is a strong and beautiful baby. She already has great head control and loves her tummy time.
When Esther and William were babies I wrote a review of our Fisher Price Rainforest Music and Lights Gym, Matilda Mae now loves it as much as they did. In fact, Esther and William still love it too!
Matilda Mae is much more active and aware this month. She enjoys playing and chatting in the very short periods that she is awake. She als really enjoys her bath and this gives her some special one to one time with Daddy.
June was a busy month for Matilda and I. So busy that we missed the deadline for registering her birth. Something we need to rectify as soon as possible but when I try to book an appointment online there is not one available until September! A phone call is needed I think.
During Matilda's second month I had two very painful bouts of Mastitis. The first time I did not realise I had it until I lost over 24 hours to fever. I did not know how painful this infection can be. Matilda and I took to bed and slept and breastfed our way through my delirium.
Matilda Mae has been in pain too. She suffers with bad wind and with silent reflux. It is awful to see her in so much pain and distress and not know what to do to make her better. We have had a few very sleepless nights and because generally she is really good at night these have left us very much worse for wear.
In this second month I have been struggling to find a balance between caring for Matilda and looking after Esther and William. Their needs are so different and so I have relied on David a lot. We have also been lucky enough to have Grandad help us out on a few occasions which Esther and William have loved. This month I have learned not to be afraid to ask for help. And in fact I have my Mum lined up to come and help us for the whole of the month of July.
I am taking them out more on my own now but it does help to have an extra pair of hands. Monday to Wednesday mornings Esther and William do different classes which we all now go to. On a good day Matilda will sleep right through but sometimes I am trying to help the twins with their class and entertain or feed the baby. It is so much easier with some help!
Matilda Mae has perfected her smile this month and likes nothing better than having a little chat with Mummy or Daddy. She is also starting to smile at Esther and William which of course they love. I would describe their attitude to their new sibling as violently affectionate. They love to cuddle and kiss her but are quite clumsy in doing so and often hurt poor Baby Tiger (Baby Tilda).
Every day that passes I think that our family is becoming solidly stuck together where for a while I felt that Matilda and I were on the outside looking in. Though I have discovered that getting a picture of all three of them together is not an easy thing to do!
Matilda is a big baby, or seems to be to us. She is wearing clothes now that Esther was wearing at 7 months. In fact at 7 weeks Matilda Mae weighed about 10lbs which William and Esther weighed at 7 months. Seems crazy that at the size Matilda is now Esther and William were sitting confidently and eating solid food.
Matilda Mae is still completely breast fed. I promised David that from 4 weeks she would have one bottle a day and I still have not tried to give her one. I don't think that I am deliberately avoiding it but we are just so busy all of the time.
Matilda still sleeps in bed with me. I love cosleeping. It means that everyone gets more sleep and makes night feeding so easy. I also love the first few moments of the day when Matilda snuggles up to me and smiles at me. I fall in love with her a little bit more everyday.
This month Matilda and I went on a road trip together to Brit Mums Live 2012 where we had a fabulous time. We would not have survived the weekend without our Chicco Nunu Pramette and our Baby Bjorn Miracle Carrier.
BritMums Live was one of our highlights of the month. The lowest light was definitely on the hottest day of the month. Esther and William were desperate to play outside in the water but Matilda just could not deal with the heat. The only way we could soothe her was to lay her in a Flexibath and cover her with water. How do you keep your baby cool on our rare hot and sunny days? I would love to know.
So there we have it, a whole two months with Matilda Mae. There have been highs and lows and everything in between. Our beautiful daughter grows bigger and stronger everyday and I am so very proud to be her Mummy.
I wonder what she will achieve and how she will change in month 3???