Our Easter was sort of a blur for me, because I was sick for much of it. I'm pretty sure I had mastitis (an infection related to breastfeeding) over the weekend. We had all been planning to go to the Vigil Mass on Saturday night. We were going to put the kids to bed early, then carry them to the car when it was time to leave, still in pajamas, and just let them lay on the pews and sleep through the Mass. It worked for us last year. I'd been feeling cold all day, and Tom kept saying I was crazy, because it was so nice out and the rest of the family was in short sleeves, while I was in a sweater and slippers. As the kids' bedtime approached, it got really bad, and I was developing major chills, soreness, and other symptoms. It was clear that I had a fever, so Tom ended up going to the vigil alone and I stayed home in bed.
When he got home at three in the morning (he'd gone out for delcicious unhealthy food afterwards with friends, as used to be our tradition before we had kids...I'm only a little jealous), I croaked out instructions to him as to where he could find all the hidden Easter goodies for the kids, and how I wanted them all layed out in their baskets.
Sly was so excited to see his basket in the morning, and kept saying, "I LOVE Easter!". And we did our first-ever egg hunt for the kids, because we actually have a yard now (have I exclaimed this enough times yet?)
|Sly changed into more a Spring-appropriate outfit later|
I still didn't feel great, but the fever had broken, so I didn't feel like I was sick enough to miss Easter Mass entirely. Though he didn't need to go again, Tom decided to come too so we bring the kids. We ended up at the Easter morning Mass, which I don't think I've attended for many years. I wasn't prepared for it, so I didn't really have an outfit picked out (I feel like the vigil Mass calls for darker colors, and the morning Mass for brighter ones....but that might just be a personal opinion). It's almost impossible to find a dress in my closet that both fits me and works for nursing. I didn't even remember to wear a fun hat, let alone a nicer-than-usual veil!
And this was the best family photo we got, after many attempts.
As the party wore on, I started getting feverish again, so we went home. I sweated through another miserable night. In the morning, I called up the midwives, and said basically, "I think I have mastitis, and I need antibiotics!!" But the midwives tend to prefer the least intervention possible, so I was told that instead I should spend the whole day "resting, drinking fluids, nursing my baby, and not doing anything else." Ha - yeah right. I think I actually laughed on the phone.
I didn't get a ton of rest, but I tried to keep my workload light. Thankfully, I seem to be getting over whatever it was, and the fever hasn't come back.
So I know we really should have done this long ago, but we haven't provided Sly with the actual word for "breasts". He knows all about how babies nurse from their mothers, and he asks me a lot of rather personal questions about it when I nurse Linus. But each time, he's fumbling around in his speech, because he doesn't have terms for the parts he's asking about. The other day, he asked if it hurt me if Linus pulled on "those little things" (nipples).
I should probably just tell him what everything is called, but I don't know - I guess I'm embarrassed about it? Anyone have suggestions?
On a related note, today, Sly pointed to one of my breasts while Linus was nursing, and said "half gallon" then to the other, saying, "whole milk." Oh my.