Week One…DONE!

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Achievement Unlocked!!! I have been a mum of two children for a whole week already. For those that missed it, Madeleine was born at 38 weeks on the 1st August at 6:58pm. She weighed in at 7lb 14oz and you can click here to read her birth story.

We brought her home the next day and since then it has been one heck of a learning curve. Two children equals double the work at bed, bath and meal times. It means choosing the moments when to eat or shower and building that around them. Thankfully Husband is home for the month of August before starting his new job in September, which is alleviating a lot of pressure on me. This has meant I haven’t had any real post baby breakdowns, or feelings of helplessness, uselessness or depression. I am so grateful for this you have no idea. When Sophie was born, I was terrified of even dressing her; I wouldn’t put her vests on her for fear of hurting her head. This time, because Husband is home I can get past the initial scary new baby weeks before going it 90% alone when he is doing shift work again.

I haven’t been afraid of dressing Madeleine, or changing her nappy or any of the things that scared me with Sophie. I am so much more relaxed and because of that, Sophie is relaxing around her new sister. It has taken the week for her to be comfortable enough to touch Madeleine and give her cuddles. All week long Sophie has been happy to peep in and look at her and tell us ”Maddie pretty!” but otherwise she has stayed well away. She’s coming around though! She now wants to watch her nappy get changed, and she wants to 10417525_10152338703387153_5243495858596318753_nkiss her on the forehead and show her her toys. It’s so lovely to watch and it’s going to just get better as they get older together.

Sophie is now sleeping right through the night. We’ve had four nights of no waking up at all aside from a sip of water, which I won’t count seeing as it’s fairly humid. Perfect timing seeing as Madeleine is on a schedule of wake ups! While Husband is home, we have strict shifts for nights so that in these early days while we all get used to each other it’s fair. I do the 10pm-2am shift, and he does 2am-6am. Before 10pm we take it in turns and Sophie wakes up at 6am so we all get up together. The first two nights were flipping horrendous, but I think that’s down to the fact I had just had a baby and didn’t sleep in the hospital ward! I wouldn’t cope without the shared night shift, not at the moment anyway – I am aware I will have to when he goes back to work. I don’t expect him to do night shifts when working 14 hours at a time! Until then, we share the workload and he is so hands on, it’s one of the reasons I love him so much.

10547643_10152342833162153_5847535588831934647_nWeirdly, I don’t think it’s sunk in yet that I have two children. I can’t imagine Madeleine not being here, but at the same time cannot quite believe she’s here! I’ve never felt more content with my lot. I may not be cash rich but I am rich with my family. It’s exciting, the fact that the ‘trying for a baby’ chapter of my life is now over. I’ve had my babies, now I get to raise them! I get to be Mummy and I get to be a wife again. Not that those things stopped when I was pregnant, but I definitely feel more human than I did a few weeks ago. I have two beautiful little girls and the amount of glitter that is going to cover my house in years to come is going to be insane!

Sophie is a chatting little monkey and in a couple of weeks we are revisiting potty training. With all the upheaval of Madeleine’s arrival and moving house, we are waiting until we’ve moved to concentrate properly on getting her out of nappies. It’s going to be nice to only have one child in nappies at a time.

 

Sophie’s First Christmas

Hello Christmas!
Hello Christmas!

*sob* Sophie had her very first Christmas. She spent all of it grizzling because she is teething like crazy right now. We decided that as she is only 5 months old, we were not going to spoil her with gifts and we asked all the family to buy clothes instead of toys as those were needed!

She got:

  • Teething keys (Mummy & Daddy)
  • Twisty rattle (Mummy & Daddy)
  • Baby ball pit and balls (Mummy & Daddy)
  • Denim dress and green top (Uncle G)
  • Pink dress and tights (Nanny C)
  • 7 in 1 baby wear set (Grampy J)
  • Ceramic piggy bank (Great Nanny E)
  • Baby’s 1st Xmas teddy (Grampy J)
  • Rudolph teddy (Grampy J)
  • Walk along caterpillar (Nanny H)
  • Playmat (Great Nanny S)
  • Talking teddy (Nanny H)

I have a very spoiled little monkey. Not so shocking that the only people not to stick to the ‘no toys’ rule was the in laws. TUT. However, we loved all the clothes that were bought for her and she only helped to open one because she slept through all the present opening!!

Sophie had a munch of some carrots through her solid net and we did use her new highchair as well, but she was so dinky in it we had to pad her out with blankets and sheets just so she would sit up.

Christmas Eve
Christmas Eve

When we got back home, we were shattered. Five days in London is so scary! When you spend most of your days in a little bubble of 3, being in a huge group can be so overwhelming. I mean, I know I grew up in it, but it’s definitely different when you haven’t been in it a while!

Sophie loved all the attention she got. Next year we’re going to have our own special Christmas as she will be 17 months old – Father Christmas will be coming to my house!!!!