Possibly teething now, but still as happy as a clam. We joke that Mae must forget things almost instantly. She sees you and her face lights up and she flashes the hugest grin that goes all the way to her eyes, like she's so happy to see ya. Then about 1 second later, she does it again. And again. And again. It is hilarious! Jolliest baby ever!
This made it so easy to have our family photo taken this month. I'll post a copy on the main blog later on.
Miss Mae is now 4 months old. She had her checkup yesterday and she was very active and smiled at the doctor the whole time. The doctor said she was "a delight" and finally pronounced that seeing Mae was the highlight of his whole day. The nurse then administered her vaccines, and repeated several times that she found Mae "amazing" because she only let out one mad cry and then cheered up again. Libby is the same way about her shots. My girls are brave and don't hold grudges. For now. I expect I'll have to resort to bribery when they are old enough to anticipate and fear shots. But now they are very forgiving. I scratched Mae's leg the other day, or rather, she kicked my fingernail. Though I was horrified, she didn't even flinch.
Oct 22 - rolled over from back to tummy for the first time. She doesn't really like her tummy time, so I'm sure her first thought was "dangit!". Now she can roll both ways, my big strong Mae Flower.
Oct 31 - First Halloween!
Taken while walking outside
Reading a book
Trying to eat her hand
Sleeping in swing. Her lips look just like they did in her 3D ultrasound photo.
Mae still sleeps quite a bit. When she is awake she is usually smiling or laughing. Until I get the camera out. Just like Libby, Mae is distracted by cameras, so it's hard to get photo or video of all that smiling.
She really does not like tummy time. She does not even care to be on her tummy if we are holding her. She wants to be upright looking over our shoulders, or facing forward sitting up on our laps.
She lays on a blanket under a little "gym", where we arrange her so she can either bat at a bell-toy with her hands, or kick it with her feet.
We exercise by stretching, which she loves. She laughs when I unfold her arms and stretch them out all the way extended, and then touch her hands to the top of her head. Stretching out her hands is a little more difficult. She still likes to keep them balled-up all the time.
She can clutch her thin blankets now.
In the sun, I can see that her hair has a reddish tint to it.
She primarily sleeps in her little carrier seat. She will sleep in her bed, but not as long as in her carrier. I guess the carrier is kind of like being swaddled.
Both of my babies have a weak eyelid. Libby's is her left eye, and Mae's is her right eye. In this photo, Mae is drowsy, so the weaker eye is more obvious. Other times you can not really tell. Libby has nearly outgrown her weak eye, but I can still see it in photos from time to time, though I don't notice it daily. When Mae was born, her right eye was closed. She did not open it until several hours after the birth.
In other news, it is confirmed that she can roll over from tummy to back! We were all playing together in Libby's room this morning and plop! Mae rolled over suddenly, so easily that we were surprised and had no hint that we should be getting the video camera. She's so big and strong! Um, except for that eye, of course.
Today the sitter reported that Mae rolled over from tummy to back, without any assistance! We kind of thought that was coming, since I have seen her do it twice before, with assistance, but I'm still surprised if it's true. It's at least 2 months before the age Libby was when she rolled over for the first time. Mae is my big strong baby!
Mae has spent a little more time awake recently, and is not fussy at all. But she still mostly eats and sleeps. She can smile a bit now, and usually does so first thing in the morning when I get up and open the curtains to let the sunshine in. We are pretty much co-sleeping every night. Even when I put her in her bassinett fast asleep, she tends to wake up after about an hour and ends up in my bed anyway. She will sleep a long time in the swing, but alas! The swing motor seems to have failed and so tonight she kept me up quite late. I understand the manufacturer will send me a new motor, so soon we should have our swing back up and running.
At her doctor visit they say she is 11 pounds, 9.5 oz, and height 23 1/4".
Little Mae spends more time awake now, but still pretty much only sleeps and eats. Boy, can she eat. We call her The Very Hungry Baby. She'll definitely outgrow Liberty pretty quickly, at this rate. I do wonder if she'll grow eyelashes like Libby's. When Libby was born, everyone commented on her long eyelashes, and I just figured that was normal for a baby. But Mae only has about 3 tiny lashes on each eye.
She's a good sleeper and not fussy. Or, maybe we're just more experienced and know how to get babies to sleep better, this time around.
We had professional photos taken, and she was a very squirmy model.
At Mae's 2-week checkup today, we learned that she has gained a whole pound in the last week! "Congratulations to all," her doctor said. She's so nice and healthy. Seems to take after her Dad in size and isn't likely to be mistaken for Libby's twin in the future.
A long, long time ago, a Chinese man read my palm and told me that I was going to have 2 daughters. On July 18, 2011, the foretelling came true when Mae Flower was born.
Here is her birth story.
After a relatively easy but loooooong and uncomfortable pregnancy, her dad and I decided to schedule an induced labor on July 18th. The reason for that was that her dad had started a new job and didn't have the right to take vacation time yet, so we wanted to work around his schedule so he wouldn't have to call in sick in order to be present at Mae's birth.
As it turns out, I was already in labor when we arrived at the hospital at 7am on the 18th. But the doctor decided to give me a hormone to help speed things along. I wasn't allowed to get in the bathtub because I had an IV tube in my hand feeding me the hormone, and if I had to use the bathroom I had to ask for help first. So, it didn't feel speedy for most of the day while I sat in bed and waited. They told me that was normal and that things would speed up quite a bit at the end.
Sure enough, I was at 6cm, and then seemingly just a few minutes later (longer, I'm sure, but that's what it felt like), I could feel Mae trying to be born without any help from me. She just started inching her way out, and it was funny because there was another baby being born down the hall at the same time, and there was only one doctor available. So the nursing staff kept saying that they were urging the doctor to HURRY UP and come attend to me since Mae would not wait. The doctor arrived in such a rush that he had to change into clean scrubs in my room.
Thirty minutes of pushing through just a few contractions, and Mae came out quite easily, though born with the umbilical cord wrapped around her neck 3 times. I heard the doctor say so and although he said it so casually that I assumed it was loose enough for him to get his finger through, it still scared me enough that I just pushed as hard as I could nonstop until she was born. They put her on my stomach and left her there a long time. She breathed and cried with no problems at all. It was so different from her sister Libby's birth. Her dad got to cut the umbilical cord.
I was told that I produced an unusual placenta that was worthy of a science exhibit, causing the doctor to check for "anything else"...but I wasn't worried about a disappearing twin or anything like that. Like Libby, Mae ended up having 5 ultrasounds, including an early ultrasound, so I was pretty confident that there was nothing wrong (there wasn't).
I had lost a lot of blood, more than average, they told me, so I was a little bit dizzy and woozy for the next several hours, but not enough that it prevented me from taking care of Miss Mae right away.
We spent 2 nights in the hospital and came home on Wednesday.