Aurora's Second Month gallery is here. A couple of the photos were taken by my friend Meg. <3
So these past two months have literally flown by. It feel s like just yesterday that I was huffing and puffing my way up the hill to the hospital for my NSTs and now it’s already been two months that our youngest daughter has been delighting us with her presence. She’s so calm and serene, gazes at you with her big brown eyes and smiles when you sing to her. She loves to be cuddled, but also is quite happy playing on her floor mat and swatting toys from below, observing the world around her, or being taken from place to place in the comfort of her stroller seat.
I’m sure it’s part nature and part me being calmer and less worried about everything the second time around, but we have really fallen quite naturally into a rhythm. The girls usually awake around the same time in the morning and, unless we have something important to do, we take things at a leisurely pace. Once we get to that time that there will be regular outings, pre-school runs, sports, activities and so on, we won’t have as much time to relax and do things in our own time. I’m usually pretty organized and I hate to be rushed, and I like to think that our girls shouldn’t be rushed either. Mornings are for cuddles and coffee (me of course) and walks to the grocery store if we feel up for it (if I am able to squeeze a shower in or not, it can take some coordinating) and walks around the neighborhood. Afternoons are for naps and errands and more coffee (still me) and evenings are for baths and cuddles and bed and work (this is also me).
Aurora has nursed like a champ from the moment I gave birth to her, and since then likes to nurse all through-out the day and a couple of times at night. Since I try to work at night I usually set my bedtime around her first wake up at 1am, but that seems to be extending itself to 3 or 4am now. To me this still seems so surreal – a baby that sleeps 5/6 hours in a go! That said, she doesn’t sleep as much during the day, and when he does Luna tries to wake her. So I try to put her in the swing when it’s Luna’s nap time and when I want to shower. And if I put her in the stroller she will spend some time observing the world and will then fall asleep for hours, as long as we are moving. I don’t need to nurse her to sleep and tiptoe into the bedroom, holding my breath and hoping that she won’t wake up when I put her down. Most of the time she’s content to be put down drowsy! That said, when she isn’t she lets us know! Her calm and laid-back demeanor has really helped me be able to create a little bedtime routine that works for us all. There is usually a day in the week when it doesn’t, and I find myself in bed nursing Aurora with Luna screaming in my ear until I turn around and nurse her, but most of the time it’s peaceful. Of course, I bet the 4 month sleep regression will hit us like a ton of bricks now that I have written all of this down for the world to read!
Aurora weighed in at 13lbs at her 2 month appointment, and measures 24 inches. In weight she is the same as Luna was then, but she’s a lot taller, which she was at birth so no surprise there. She’s now wearing 3-6 month and 6 month clothes. Already! At least we have enough clothes for a year or so, and then they will most likely be wearing the same sizes and can share. Although my sister and I had very different styles growing up, we still shared a lot of clothes (or usually I would find her wearing something of mine, an argument would ensue and then we would make friends until the next time, the usual sisterly back and forth), so anyway, I can see them doing the same. In any case, Aurora is gaining very well, and in the 90th percentile for both height and weight. I don’t really take too much stock in the percentiles, especially after seeing Luna bounce up and go right down in them, but it’s good to know that she is gaining well and on a good curve. I thank my body every day for supporting me and my two daughters day and night. It’s pretty amazing.
I was just comparing a video of Luna at this age with one of Aurora, and discussing with my best friend about how they really are opposites. Luna was always on the move, never really content unless she was in the carrier while Aurora likes to observe calmly and take her time. Cesar and I imagine scenes later on where Luna is always getting into mischief and Aurora is watching her and shaking her head, or laughing and helping her hide any evidence of said mischief. I can already see a closeness developing between them, as Luna begins to accept her sister’s existence and Aurora becomes more aware of her surroundings they seem to be drawn towards each other. While Luna kisses and cuddles her and tries to “help” her roll over, Aurora seems to constantly gaze up at her with adoration. She will smile at her sister (apart from when one of Luna’s high-pitched screams wakes her up), and Luna has an ability to really make her laugh… This doesn’t surprise me as she makes me laugh pretty often too. Just yesterday Aurora was in her swing, awakening from a nap while I was folding laundry. Luna decided to start shaking the swing really aggressively so I ran over to stop her, just to see Aurora laughing! Sweet little things! As long as Luna doesn’t figure out how to unbuckle the harness just yet… She already buckles them up when I’m not watching so I constantly have to unbuckle them with Aurora in my arms, the little rascal!
I know that I need to get more tummy and floor time in for Aurora, but it’s a little difficult with hurricane Luna in the wings! It’s basically impossible to explain to an 18 month old that running round and round like a spinning top right next to her little sister’s head may lead to disaster, so I have to stay right by and help avoid any collisions. She seems to be developing good neck and shoulder muscles in any case, so I’m not worried about anything. It would be nice for her to have a different view around the room more often. Although I’m sure Luna will be helping her roll over sooner rather than later! I’m not so eager for her to reach all the milestones too fast; I’m not in a rush for her to grow so fast, it flies by as it is! The newborn phase is already long gone and I miss it and I don’t at the same time.
I’m so in love with her little face with its big brown eyes, her spiky hair and little toothless smile. She lightens up our lives, just like her big sister does. I look at them both when they are peacefully sleeping and realize that there are no boundaries for love, it just grows and grows and never ends. Not for me anyway. I feel like the luckiest person on earth to have this wonderful family… A partner who does everything to love and support us and our two beautiful little beings that we created together. It’s pretty amazing really.