This baby is getting bigger by the second. He's long and sturdy and stronger by the day. And I really don't think we could have asked for an easier, more pleasant baby. Luca was a bit high maintenance as an infant - some of it typical first child/first-time mommy stuff, but also quite fussy and slow to self-soothe. I am the first to admit much of it could have been the result of me being super anxious and pretty post-partum, but I think these two have very different personalities, too.
Matteo first smiled at four weeks and was laughing by six. He's doing a lot of cooing these days and is getting more tolerant of tummy-time now that he is actually interested in the parade of objects we wave in front of his face while he's on his belly. He LOVES his big brother and breaks out in huge smiles when Luca performs for him. In fact, Luca is so successful at making him happy that I have taken to having him entertain the baby for short stints while I make a quick run to the bathroom or to quell minor fussiness when I am unable to get to him for a minute or two. Luca loves helping out in that way and I love being able to buy the time when I need it. Mostly, though - this baby is totally patient and is very content sitting in his bouncy seat and watching the world unfold before him. He has his limits of course, but - when we need it - he really allows us time to take care of business - from preparing a (quick) meal, taking care of household chores or helping Luca out in some way. These are things that were much harder the first time around and I am so grateful for his easy-going personality.
Its amazing how quickly time is passing. He will hit the ten-week mark this coming Friday and I honestly feel like he only got here just a few weeks ago. They really do grow up fast.