Gabriel's birth was everything I'd hoped it would be.
My birth plan was followed to a T and the whole experience just seems a little bit like a fantasy it went so well (with the exception of the back labor).
We did stay the two nights in the hospital because, "Why not?!" But when Monday rolled around, I was ready as ever to get myself home. That first week was very tiring, of course. Gabriel is completely different than Caderyn was as a baby (they're two different people?!). I've been working on adjusting to a whole new style of eating and sleeping and just mannerisms in general, all the while trying to be attentive and sensitive to the needs of my oldest child.
Caderyn is a very doting big brother. He loves kissing Gabriel and touching his head. He talks to him and asks about him. He calls him, "My baby," and checks on him first thing in the morning in his little bed next to where I sleep.
My recovery has been fantastic. I've been walking a little every day and I've noticed my body is responding much better this second time around.
I have had much less pain and more energy than last time--if you can believe that. Feeding has been a little bit easier this second time around, but it is also very different and I'm still working everything out.
I keep having to remind myself that it hasn't even been two weeks yet and to just relax.
Throughout this pregnancy I refused to see how much weight I'd gained.
Now that baby boy is out, I've started trying to modify my diet and cut sugar out...this is a lot easier when it isn't a million degrees and summertime, but I figure everything in moderation.
I have a doctor's appointment on the 16th of July and that will be judgment day when I find out how much weight I have to lose. Until then, I'm just going to keep walking and watching what I eat. I can't wait to get back into the gym and start getting back into shape. I am going to wait the six weeks before heading back into the gym, but I'm not waiting to walk and lift some light arm weights.
This gal has to get in shape for a wedding in September!
So far, being a mother of two has been fairly easy. But, then again, I have my parents here all summer helping me out. Because they are here I have napped, showered and been able to pick up portions of my house that probably wouldn't get touched if it was just little ole' me in charge.
The real work begins when they head back to Phoenix and Jeff heads back to school in August.
The thought of that makes me a little nervous, but I'm working on finding someone to come and help me in the mornings for about an hour to help get the kids ready, myself ready and out the door on time.
For now, I'm going to enjoy my summer with my two boys and my parents.
Lots of pictures coming soon, but for now enjoy the sight of Gabriel mid-stretch.