Thursday, March 24, 2011
room with six other new mothers and their babies... now I fully understand how lucky I was to have my own room at my original hospital! But the staff at Logan Hospital were awesome and I was very pleased with the advice, help, and service I received from all the staff. I also was given great breast-feeding advice which I had not been given before, and it has made ALL the difference for me with my breast-feeding efforts. By this time I was an overwhelmed milk-engorged, teary-eyed mess with both Tori and Eadie, but with Anabel I have been able to get through the same trials and I am a lot more confident with my ability to successfully breastfeed. So, thank you Logan Hospital for making my birthing experience such a positive and uplifting one! Speaking of breastfeeding, guess who is drinking my abundance of expressed milk? Eadie! She loves it, and I am really hoping it will help with her bowel issues. Does this mean I can say I breastfed TWO of my babies??? ;-)
Meanwhile gradually I am getting myself out and about with trips to the shops or hanging out with friends. But as I discovered with my sister today, I am pretty much DONE and over walking by the first hour. I'm not getting any younger, and it has certainly shown with this pregnancy and birth! I am really looking forward to exercising and especially jogging again, so I await the day I'll feel well enough to walk faster than a tortoise, with great anticipation! Meanwhile, I am still hobbling like a pregnant woman, and make-up is still for those special occasions I want to look half decent. :-)
Seriously, being a mum is great. It's stinking hard work a lot of the time, and crazy chaos the rest of the time, but as every mum knows, you wouldn't trade it for the world. And little Anabel is just so gorgeous she makes all the poo, milk, and fatigue all worth it. Welcome home sweetheart!
Sunday, March 6, 2011
Having said this, my birthday was a wonderful day, surrounded with people I love and doing things that made me happy. It started around 6.30am as usual when Eadie and Tori came running into the bedroom shouting "Mummy! Daddy!" We then felt the familiar pounding as our bodies were crushed by our little toddlers - who I might add are both not so 'little' anymore! With us all piled on the bed Juan gave me a gift he'd held back giving me for the entire last week. I have only ever seen him more nervous giving me a gift when he proposed! He wanted this to be one I loved, and I know he had spent many hours putting it all together, so I was not only excited but very intrigued...
The girls then gave me 'their' gifts (lovingly selected by moi!), a beautiful pair of fancy earrings (above in the pic) and a pair of gorgeous sunglasses. Juan then made my morning by adding "Oh, and did I mention I've taken the day off work?" -- Yay!! Best present of all!
After all these fantastic surprises we had a normal morning between breakfast and putting down for naps, etc, and then got ready to go out. The girls and I had had nothing too exciting planned, just grocery shopping, but after such a great morning and with Juan sharing the day with us, it became fun-filled and continued to be a special day for me, despite the monotony of it. After grocery shopping we came home and I had a sleep while Juan watched the girls and tidied the house. Now THAT'S what I call the perfect gift for a pregnant mother of two toddlers! Thank you Babe! Throughout the day I received countless texts, phone calls and online messages from dozens of family and friends wishing me well, and it was so beautiful to feel of their love and kind words. It really made me feel special and reminded me of what a blessed life I have been given.
The night of my birthday we also had a friend of Juan's from PNG come and stay with us so she could then attend the temple the next day - but that's another post!
The next night my great friend Kara took me out for a girls night at a local cafe for desert. I ate my first ever creme brulee and it was so delicious I have actually been telling people about it! I can't believe I lived in France for a year and a half and never had one. Well, I will certainly make sure I make up for it from now on! It was a fun night and such a nice relief to sit down with such a delicious desert and not have to share it with toddlers crawling all over me- thank you Kara!
Thanks to my beautiful family and great friends, I had a wonderful 30th birthday. It was filled with special gifts, happy moments, and the favorite people in my life. What more could I ask for? :-) Thirty is looking good so far! Happy Birthday to me! xx