I jinxed myself by saying in a previous post that blogging with two children isn't impossible - looks like I was wrong.
I'm not sure I've had a minute to myself since I wrote that.
Beatrix is almost four months old now and hasn't yet grown out of suffering from griping pain, Infacol helps, but it's not a miracle worker.
I've suffered from mastitis again, first at five weeks, and the second time was around ten weeks, but thankfully it hasn't returned since I stopped pumping.
I'm pretty sure now that the pumping was to blame. It was the wrong way to alleviate my overactive letdown, it just led to me making even more milk that my baby couldn't drink.
I had very similar problems with my son in the early months, and in time it did all get better.
Despite the gripe, we're all very happy.
I've never attempted any sleep training with my babies, but so far I'm happy with her sleep pattern.
I nurse her down, and when she's well winded, I get two to three naps during the day, and a fairly dependable bedtime (around 8pm), with a handful of night wakings to feed.
She's in the Sleepyhead, inside the Chicco Next2Me cot which is strapped to the side of my bed - this combo is amazing.
Just like with my son, I nurse her lying down during the night, and I couldn't even tell you how many times because I pretty much do it in my sleep. I'm not striving for her to sleep through the night, I think the nutrition she receives from extra night feeds is invaluable and I know now, from having been through it all with my son, that they do grow out of it.
This arrangement is not just adequate and tolerable, but actually feels easier to me, to be able to just roll over, nurse a while and fall back to sleep with my baby - rather than having to get out of bed to nurse or, alternatively, refuse to nurse and get my baby back to sleep some other way.
So I'm not stressing about it at this moment in time.
There are dozens of confusing books and magazine articles implying that there can be some quick and easy way to get your baby to sleep or to not nurse through the night.
The only one I would recommend and read over all the time myself is Elizabeth Pantley's No-cry Sleep Solution.
Thanks to her book, the one thing I'm doing differently, is incorporating Beatrix into my son's existing bath and bedtime routine - I didn't establish that until Ernie was over a year old.
So I don't get into the habit of keeping her up with me until I'm ready for bed. So far so good.
There are so many ways to approach it, but really, the most valuable thing you can do is learn to listen to (and trust) your own instincts and try to connect to whatever makes you feel confident as the parent of your child.
One size does not fit all, and what works for others might not be right for you, so try to be in touch with your own ideas and observations of your own baby.
Another revalation this time around has been having the Ergo sling. We love it. I've even learnt to breastfeed her in it!
I can't recommend enough getting a rucksack and a sling for a second child, if you've got a toddler. The rucksack helps to balance out the weight of the baby on your front. It means you can chase after your toddler and keep your belongings close (but your hands free).
So far I'm really enjoying having had my children close in age, I almost wish I had Bea even earlier.
It was the best decision to get pregnant again. I watch them together, and even this early on, take comfort in each other’s presence and I think to myself that giving them siblinghood at this age was the best gift I could give either of them in their lives.
It was definitely the right timing for our family.