or catch up, if you will. I can't believe it's been 5 months. Before I get to my excuses, I'll just say hello. I've loved reading all your posts, about new babies, new jobs, pregnancies. It's all wonderfully exciting, so keep it coming.
So, to my two sweetest, most adorable excuses ever...
Dragonfly is still a big boy... he is over 23 pounds and almost 31 inches at 9 months, which is 99th percentile in weight and 99th in height. He is wearing 18 month clothes and looks like he could easily be at least one. He sits up and is getting up on his hands and knees to crawl, but hasn't yet made any forward progress yet. Dragonfly loves his forays into the world of solid food, but still nurses a few times a day. He is sweet and loves to cuddle and is also very sensitive. I try to be very mindful of this when I talk sternly to Love Bug. If I'm not careful, just a small change in my tone of voice sends him into tears. But as sensitive as he is emotionally, he is still extremely physically strong and sturdy. I imagine myself hugging my teddy bear of a boy one day, who surely, with the doctors quick calculations, will be easily 6'3" or 6'4", maybe more.
Love Bug is only a few pounds more than Dragonfly, despite their 23 month age difference! She is wild and outgoing, and loves to run, climb, jump, and dance... especially DANCE. She isn't sensitive in any sense of the word, laughing off discipline and just jumping up from hard falls before I can even express worry. Love Bug also doesn't have a bit of jealousy in her. I didn't know what to expect when it came to having a younger brother, but she just adores him. She thrills in making him laugh and is eager to share her toys and hug him. It warms my heart. Although I've always been cautious about TV and movie watching, she just insists on watching High School Musical once a week and now she's into the movie soundtrack from Mamma Mia. Love Bug walks around the house singing 'Dancing Queen' most of the time. I've given up on her learning numbers and letters for now... she just isn't interested. Most of her life revolves around physical activity anyway, so why fight it. And with college costs going up each day, maybe have all my kids on athletic scholarships isn't a bad thing to push! :-) We've actually been working on throwing and catching, since it's something she loves to do. She met some lacrosse players recently (we attend a lot of sporting events) and I couldn't believe how well she could use the sticks and actually caught the ball one time and threw it back. This is especially pleasing because we'll eventually end up at our place back in Maryland (just outside of Annapolis) and lacrosse is everything there!
I also just spent 6 weeks in the US. My husband had to go to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia for work and I decided to go home to visit my Mom, rather than deal with two kids alone for that long. It was wonderful to see her and we were able to visit most of our family, as well as my husband's, but it was hard to be away from B for so long. I kept busy with trips to the zoo, aquarium, and visits to see old friends, and my cousin sent me the 'Twilight' series, since she had been telling me for months to read it. I did and I loved it. Of course, it made me miss my husband even more. Reading such a sweet love story, with a sensitive guy like Edward, made me miss my sensitive husband and reminded me of what a sweet love story we have. We've had a few heart to hearts now that we're all home, and he's decided to skip these long trips for the next few years and take a few short ones instead. I understand his reasons for the long trip this year, and last year to India, but I think he agrees that it's just too hard to be apart that long. He misses the kids, eats terribly, and doesn't sleep well without me there, so it wasn't hard to convince him.
Other excuses... another one could be my new found desire to take care of myself sometimes too. I woke up on my thirtieth birthday feeling pretty bummed, but didn't know yet what I could do to change that. After my husband had a fantastic surprise party for me and gave me a new guitar, I realized what I wanted. So I made a list of 30 things (since I was turning 30) that I would like to accomplish before I turn 31. Some things have already been accomplished, like getting involved in charity work and learning how to bake bread like my mother-in-law. Some things aren't even close, like learning to like tomatoes. I tried, really I did! And learning to snowboard isn't close either, mainly due to the nice weather. My husband has promised a weeks worth of lessons when we go skiing this winter, and I plan to take him up on that. As much as I love to ski, I will gladly skip it to finally snowboard... I've been dreaming about this for years.
Most things on my list (about 23 of them) are in progress. One is getting rid of all my thyroid/baby weight. I'm happy to report that I've lost 31 pounds, and have another 22 to lose. I owe it all to jazzercise and Weight Watchers. I also am taking guitar lessons and practicing piano (I play both, but want to be much better) and I'm taking Italian as well. And I'm slowly getting more involved at church and praying more.
So, most of the time, when I'm not trying to be a good wife and mother, I'm working on myself and my 'list'. I hope you all take time to be good to yourself. Blogging still isn't enough of a priority to promise I'll update soon, but I'll come back when I can. Maybe when I finish my 30 things? We'll see...