It’s hard to believe that our little man is already nine weeks old! Whilst he is feeling and looking much less like a newborn, he is still very much on an eat, sleep repeat routine. But over the last four weeks its felt like he has started to wake up from his newborn slumber, starting to observe, interact and engage with the world around him. He is such an easy going happy little boy and really, really content. I love his chilled out temperament and hope its something that stays with him as he gets older. So much changes with these little ones over such a short period of time so here the little guys two month updates.
I’m embarrassed to say that I still havent had the little guy weighed since he had his 10 day check with the nurse. I was expecting him to be weighted by the GP when he had his eight week check just before we left for our holidays, but luck would have it that his scales weren’t working so I have no idea how much he has grown. He feels pretty heavy to me so I imagine he has probably put on a fair bit. He definitely has baby rolls and creases in all the right places just like his sister did at his age, and he is comfortably fitting into all his 0-3 clothes. He’s also gone into size 2 Pampers new baby nappies recently (sob) so he’s definitely growing quickly!
Breastfeeding has continued to go well, with the exception of the bout of mastitis that I was unfortunate enough to experience around week 6. Next to labour, I have never, ever experienced something so painful. It started with what I thought was a swollen gland again, but progressed into what felt like a really bad case of the flu and lasted for two days. The poor Mr got a taste of what life is like at home with two little ones on your own as I was completely out of it for at least one of the twos days. Thankfully it all cleared up on its own just before we went on holiday. Otherwise the little man is still feeding well and regularly every two to three hours for around 10 minutes each time. I know some people think this is really short and refer to it as snacking, but I think both of my babies just seem to be really efficient feeders!
Sleeping has still been pretty sporadic, especially when we were on holiday. The little guy tends to have one – two hour naps, sometimes longer if we are on the move. At night time he seems to sleep longer waking once or twice for feeds. Since we’ve been back we’ve started to introduce the dummy which has helped him get off to sleep quicker and without a feed which has meant that I’ve also been able to start to push out his feeds from one – two hours to two – three hours now that breastfeeding has properly been established. I noticed when we were on holiday that he would often fuss for the breast to get him off to sleep just like the little lady used to, so it made sense to us to think about introducing the dummy.
Life has been pretty great. Its been full on crazy busy, but wonderful at the same time. We’ve had lots of big family events over the last month including my sister’s wedding and my sister in laws wedding which took us away to Mauritius for our first holiday as a family of four. I had my concerns about both weddings in terms of how the children would cope, and how we would cope as parents with two little ones but it all worked out better than we hoped on both occasions. The little guy pretty much breastfed and slept on cue at my sister’s wedding and the little lady enjoyed the company of all our extended family and the many children that were around to play with. We did however have to head up to our room earlier than we would have liked to as the little ones got tired which is completely understandable. With Mauritius the little guy again breastfed and slept pretty much on cue on the flights each way. If anything it was the little lady that we spent a lot of time entertaining and trying to keep control of. The little man coped extremely well with the weather and change in routine and time on holiday, as did the little lady. We really couldn’t have asked for or expected more from either of them.
Its been lovely to watch a little relationship start to grow between our babies. The little lady is so affectionate with her brother, although a little heavy handed at times and I’m often having to tell her to be careful when she is trying to kiss or cuddle the little guy. Now that he can see a little more clearly he is definitely starting to recognise faces and voices and his little face lights up whenever he sees her. He always rewards her with his biggest smiles which makes my heart melt. I’ve noticed a big change in how the little lady is behaving towards our little guy too. Rather than call him baby, she now calls him by his actual name all the time and there is much less attention seeking behaviour from her. I think she is may finally be starting to adjust to sharing the spotlight!
As I mentioned, the little man had his eight week check just before we left. I asked our GP to check him for tongue tie and a maldescended testes which the midwife told us to flag at his eight week check when he was born. The GP was happy that there were no issues on both fronts and was pleased with his overall progress which was great to hear, particularly as I had been worried about the tongue tie after having blocked glands and then mastitis a few weeks in succession which could have been symptoms.
The little guy started smiling really early on, and since he did he has been so generous with his smiles sharing them with anyone that has a little chat and play with him. Which is the other thing that he has started to do – coo and chat. He loves cooing at anyone who will listen and can easily spend a few minutes gurgling at you and trying to imitate the noises and faces you make at him. Both make my heart melt and remind me of how quickly he is growing.
Most Difficult Moments
The night times have been haaaaaard. To be fair the little guy still doesn’t wake up that often, maybe once or twice a night but I’m still so out of practice with the night feeds that its exhausting. I feel so out of it when he wakes up in the middle of the night that I have no idea what time it is or how long he feeds.
The other difficult moment was when I had mastitis and could barely look after the little guy which was horrible, especially as I am the only one that can feed him. It really was the worst thing I have ever experienced!
My favourite moment over the last four weeks was going on holiday with my little brood. It was lovely to be able to take the little guy on his first holiday so soon. I know he wont remember any of it, but it was lovely knowing that we experienced such a special holiday that we’ll look back on in years to come with him.
So in some ways lots has happened over the last four weeks, and in other ways it’s all very much the same. He is still a newborn, but not so teeny tiny!
What did your second month look like with your newborn?