Some exciting things happened as well this past week that I plan to continue doing in the upcoming weeks. I went on a nice walk with a Russian gal and her 9 month son. It was not quite a play date but more of a let's- take-ourselves-on-a-walk kind of date. It was lots of fun and very hot.
Julianne has been a dear these past 2 weeks. She has been quite verbal with shrieking noises and exclamatory screeching sounds that I fear our neighbors will be disturbed but oh well, they know we have a little one. I believe she has been teething somewhat so we have tried having her chew on different toys in order to soothe her pain. I believe she is getting cuter by the day!
It has been a challenge getting Julianne to play on her tummy but I am not worrying because the time will come when she will enjoy it. As I was working this past week I noticed her roll from her back to her tummy for the first time! I love talking to her and telling her what a great job she is doing. She coos and smiles like she understands me and I take it all in.
Something else that was pretty exciting this past weekend were my TWO singing gigs. Yes, after almost 5 months after giving birth to my precious baby, I am back performing and in a better way.
I first started with Un bel di, vedremo from Madama Butterfly. I quickly got into character after leaving my poor baby crying with my husband in the nursery next to the room where we were performing. I was VERY scared that I was not going to be able to concentrate knowing that Julianne was refusing to go to sleep at her normal hour. Anyway, I got on stage and I decided to perform and sing, and boy did I feel great about it! I walked off stage with a tear in my eye. Note to self: having to much emotion can mess up the way one sings a piece but if done correctly it is fine.
That was my true test as a professional. Do I blow off performing and singing to take care of a baby who refuses to sleep like she always does, or do I trust that my husband or anyone taking care of her will be able to handle and take care of her? Yes, it was hard but at the end I know it will get easier for both Julianne and myself.
I will be sharing the recordings soon after my husband sends them to me. I cannot wait to hear how it sounded. All I know is that I got lots of people coming up afterwards telling me how I made them cry. Really? Yay!!! I know, I know, it does not sounds nice, but I thank God for the gift of singing so I can share my passion and delight to other people. Stay tuned!
What did you do on your weekend? Anything fun?