It’s been 4 weeks since Arthur’s last update and he has grown so much! We are starting to see little glimmers of his personality and he has a lovely temperament. I don’t know if I am calmer this time round and therefore he is calm, but he generally is easy to manage and happy. On the days where he wants to be held a lot of the time, I pop him in the sling and carry him around the house while I play with Ted. It works quite nicely – I really don’t think I would cope without the sling! Often he happily plays on his mat kicking his legs or laying in his lounger.
Arthur was weighed this week and he is a nice and healthy 11lbs 9oz and wearing size 0-3 clothes. I have recently stopped breastfeeding. I was going to write about it, but I have decided not to. It is a very personal decision and one that I didn’t make lightly. I didn’t want to feel like I needed to justify my choice so I won’t be saying much more about it. Arthur is doing really well, thriving and happy.
Ted still absolutely adores his baby brother and loves spending time with him. We bath them and get them ready for bed together and it is a really nice routine. We have also started putting Arthur up to bed in his cot in our room with the monitor on in the evening, he was falling asleep for the night in the living room and we were disturbing him when we went up to bed so it works much better this way. I never thought I would have done this by 8 weeks it just felt like the right thing to do and he is sleeping pretty well and is content when we put him to bed. He typically is asleep by 8 and will wake for a feed at 12.30am and 3.30am and start the day any time between 6.30/7.00am. I am finding the nights OK so far, there are some nights when he won’t settle back down after the 3.30am feed and they can be tricky…! He will squirm and grunt and make a lot of noise for a small person! But on the whole, not too bad!
My health hasn’t been great since having Arthur – I have developed post-partum gallstones which has been very painful, and I have also had a gallbladder infection and was very poorly! It has been hard with the two boys on the days when I experience pain, and Mr M has had to take some time off whilst I have been unwell. We’ve not been to as many groups since I have been ill but hopefully we can start back up again.
I am really enjoying both boys so much at the moment and feel very lucky. Being organised is still the key to getting out, but days in are just as nice. We are looking forward to Easter and spending some time together as a family. I said it before but the time really is going by so quickly, Arthur seems to get bigger by the minute!