Today Matilda Mae is three months old.
As I write this post she is sleeping peacefully beside me in her crib but it has been a battle to get her there. My beautiful baby girl is struggling with terrible wind and when she is trying to settle to sleep she often starfishes in pain. Getting her to sleep eats my time night and day. But she is worth it.
When she is awake she is happy and smiling and gurgling away. She is really very strong and loves nothing more than standing up on her legs and surveying the world.
She loves tummy time especially since we received an activity centre from Tummy with Mummy. This is a fabulous play mat that raises baby off the floor for tummy time. It can be used with baby on her front, or in a reclined position on her back or sitting up in the seat with a very comfortable and supportive safety harness. Matilda loves spending time on this and chats away happily to me and to her siblings.
She often lies on it when the twins are having their bed time routine so she gets to watch a tiny bit of TV! Tummy with Mummy is a fabulous invention for babies from 0 to 6 months. We have been using ours for about a week now so we will be able to tell you much more about it in our Month 4 update.
Matilda is a fan of rolling. She can roll from front to back and is very close to rolling back to front. She tries so hard to do this under her play gym but tends to get stuck half way. She loves her gym and will lay there for up to 20 minutes. I say lay there but actually she is incredibly mobile and can mover herself around the mat to look at different toys. She can grab toys and hold onto them and she is happily batting away at things now too. She is quite active really and loves to play. She also enjoys looking at black and white pictures and books. And she seems to love hearing her mummy sing?!?
Her neck control is so good now that she has had short goes on her Jumperoo and in her Bumbo.
The last couple of mornings she has sat with the rest of us at the breakfast table in her Bumbo and she loves it. Though sitting in it always seems to make her do a poo!
This month has been wonderfully hectic as we moved house which proved to be quite a challenge with three children under two! Thankfully we had my Mum to stay, Nana Nairn, who has been a God send. We could not have survived the past few weeks without her help and Matilda I am certain has fallen in love with her.
This month Matilda has mostly been wearing sleepsuits and vests from The Essential One. They have just launched their Autumn range which is fabulous. Check out the spots and stripes on offer for your own Little Stars!
As well as moving house it was also Esther and William's second birthday. This time two years ago I was spending every day travelling back and forth from NICU. Born at 27 weeks I was hoping and praying they would survive, which I am so thankful to say they did and are wonderfully terrible twos right now. I love them with all my heart and it is wonderful to see that this month they have become more understanding and accepting of Matilda Mae. I know that they love their little sister so much and they get so excited when they are the ones to make her gurgle and smile.
I have not had Matilda Mae weighed for a while now but I would guess that she is about 14lbs. She feeds really well and sleeps well too particularly at night. She is always down by 9.00pm and will often sleep through til 5am with a dream feed at about 11. I am very lucky as I am not sure how I would cope every day with all three of them if I was not getting a good night's sleep.
However, I do have to admit that Matilda is still sleeping in bed with me (it just makes sense when breatsfeeding?) and so I am aware that as we make the move to having her in her crib all the time our nights may not stay so peaceful.
This month I have been grateful for two items of nursing clothing. Generally I have to say that I am not a fan of breastfeeding clothes but in certain places and on special occasions I do like to feed discretely if I can. Over on Edspire this month I am reviewing clothes from Babes with Babies and Bella Mama. Each company sent me an item that I have fallen in love with and worn over and over again.
Babes with Babies sent me a dress to wear to Brit Mums 2012 and I wore it again for Esther and William's birthday tea. Bella Mama sent me a wonderful Hera nursing top that is just the most flattering item of clothing that I currently own. It fits beautifully, hides my lumps and bumps and the colour is simply stunning. I will be reviewing the clothing in full on Edspire but had to give them a mention here too as they have made life with Matilda Mae this month a little more glamourous and a little less arduous. Thank you x
Matilda Mae had a ride in Esther and William's Easywalker Duo this weekend. She seemed to like it for a short while but I think at the moment she is safer in our Baby Bjorn.
I have loved being Mummy this month. It has been a great help having my own Mum over from Spain. I wish that she could be with us all the time, or live closer at least.
I cannot believe that Matilda Mae is 3 months old today. She feels like she has been one of us forever and yet everything about her is still so very new.
I wonder what month 4 will hold?