I am finally starting to feel better. I have been struck with illness after illness since my sweet LBZ was born, so this healthy feeling has been a long-time coming. I caught a virus from BBZ that turned into bronchitis that has been hanging on for about a month. I'm finally able to go a few hours without coughing my head off and my bruised rib is finally healing. Whew, that was a long sickness!
I did end up going to the concert last week after all, and I am so glad I did. N's sister and her family came over to watch the boys and they both did just fine. The show was absolutely incredible. It was held in a newly remodled venue downtown that I hadn't been to before. The band hasn't been to our city in 4 years, so as I stood in this amazing place, looking around at so many strangers with familiar faces (the world for this type of music is very small) I felt the amazing energy of everyone being in the same place for the same party. There were a few thousand people there, but I felt like I knew everyone. The music was incredible, and I got to feel my most favorite emotion with regard to music...the minute or so between songs when you wonder what song they are going to play next. Is it the one song you hoped you'd hear this show? The one that brings back memories from my first show 10 years ago? Oh, the anticiaption. There is nothing in the world like it.
So needless to say, we had an incredible time. And both boys survived. I am so glad I went.
LBZ could be competing for the worst sleeper on the planet. He still has his super fussy time, right at the end of my day when I want nothing but to crawl in bed and go to sleep. I am in the middle of a caffeine experiment. I had been allowing myself 1 caffeinated soda per day, like I did when I was pregnant, but I began to wonder if it was affecting LBZ more than I realized. I keep moving the time up...it was no later than 4pm, then no later than noon, this am I drank it first thing around 8am and will see if it changes things. His awake time yesterday was more around 5pm and he was asleep for the night at 9pm. So maybe this is it?? If it seems to help but isn't perfect, I think I will be giving up the caffeine all together. Sad, but worth it if my sweet boy sleeps. His longest stretch is 4.5 hours, which is usually the first one. He's up about every 1.5-3 hours after that. This mama is sleepy, but surviving.
I am back into my jeans! The jeans that I wore first after BBZ was born anyway. My little-bit-bigger jeans, but whatever. They button and zip and don't have an elastic waist band, so I'm happy. It's so nice to be able to wear normal clothes. I have abotu 10 pounds to go to be where I was when I got pregnant, but I hope to lose another 5 since I put on about 5 the month or so before I got pregnant. I feel good and am happy that the pounds are just falling off the way they did with BBZ. Hooray for breastfeeding!
Speaking of breastfeeding, it is going wonderfully! And LBZ is taking a bottle about every other day from daddy very well. I can't believe how much freedom him having that bottle gives me. I missed that with BBZ and didn't even realize it. I have been able to spend more with with BBZ and not have to worry about being gane a little longer since daddy can feed LBZ. It's awesome.
I went to a breastfeeding and parenting seminar hosted by our local LLL a few weekends ago and took LBZ with me. It was so great to be surrounded by like-minded nursing moms and be able to provide for LBZ whatever he needed whenever he needed it without worrying about covering up or being judged. It was great practice in confidence, which has carried over to outside the seminar. I am already much more confident about nursing in public that I was ith BBZ, and this just added to it. It was a great way to spend a Saturday.
I cut all of my hair off! I was going back and forth about it, and when I went to my hairdresser and told her I couldn't decide, she told me to go for it, and I'm so glad she did! I've always had a wave to my hair, but this haircut made my hair straight-up curly! It's awesome because I can just scrunch some product in it and go, or straighten it for a sleeker look. I seriously love it and plan to keep it this length for a while. Somehting about this last pregnancy messed up my hair. It felt so unhealthy. It really needed to go. It was the best decision!
I'm sure that I have mentioned on here that BBZ stutters sometimes. He has stopped for the most part, which is a relief. He is starting to learn his letters, so now when we talk he'll start sounding out the first letter to a word and say what letter it is. It sounds so much like when he stuttered, but it's intentional. It is s-s-s-s-s-o cute!!
LBZ has been smiling since 10/6/11. I need to write that in his baby book. Well, I finally caught it on camera!
Little cutie pie. I could just eat him up!
BBZ has an obsession with Spiderman. It's super cute. He actually likes all of the Marvel superheros, but Spiderman seems to be his ultimate favorite. He'll call me a superhero name (usually Wasp) and I'm supposed to call him whatever superhero name he has given himself right then. It's so cute. He has 1 pair of Spiderman jammies that he wears almost every single night. He'll go a day without them because he understands that they need to be washed, but that's about it. I better have them washed or else!
We knew he wanted to be a superhero for Halloween, but he needed to narrow it down and choose just one, because once we bought the costume, he was not changing his mind. Of course, he chose Spiderman. Which is awesome because I found a costume in his size for $12 at Target...score!
At first he said that the costume was "a little weird" because of the puffy muscles, but then he liked it again. Now, he wears the mask from the costume with his jammies every night. I just love this little superhero so much!
-----I can't believe it, but I only have 4.5 weeks of my maternity leave left. While I am sad to see this time come to an end, I feel much better baout my return to work than I did with BBZ. I'll miss my sweet littlest man like crazy, especially for those first couple of weeks back, but I am much for sure of my decision to be a working mom than I htink I have ever been. I know this is the right decision for our family and I know LBZ will like his school, hopefully as much as BBZ does. I hate the cost of it all, but love that they will be at the same place. I love the school and trust the system, which is so important. I'll post more about this another time.
Well, I know I'm forgetting something, but those are my updates for now. I hope all is well in everyone's little parts of the world!