This package arrived in the mail at the end of the week and it was from Bean!!!! How cool is that?! Thanks to my super fabulous mother-in-law, Toad and I got our first Mother’s Day surprise. Verbena lotion for me and belly balm for her. Such a fun surprise.
I taught absolutely nothing to anyone this week. Not so bad actually. Although classes are over, it’s not all behind me yet. There were exams to give and papers to grade, so I’m still in professor mode for a bit longer. In fact much of the week was spent in why oh why professor mode, which involves lots of internal growliness about the fact that I keep assigning 15-20 page final research papers in spite of the fact that I know that such behavior always leads to having to actually read and critique those papers when the semester ends. You would think I would learn.
Tuesday was Bean day. Toad left the hospital a bit early for an OB appointment and all continues to be well. Heartbeat sounds good (still in the 150’s) and we’re free and clear for another three weeks. After the appointment we met a brave soul (who also happens to be a recent new Mom) who was willing to guide us through the stimulation overload that is:
Man. That place is crazy. How a person that small can possibly need all that stuff is pretty remarkable. I’m going with it though. Acknowledging how much I don’t know and keeping my eyes open seems like the best strategy for now.
On Wednesday night we had a cookout with our friends Jess and Trish. They are planning a wedding and gearing up for all of the legal hoopla that we have been navigating, so we decided it would be a good idea to get together and pass some of that information along. And while we were at it, we might as well have dinner. At least, that’s how I saw it. They have recently gotten a new grill and so we brought the bison (ground bison of course 😉 not the whole thing), they provided the veggies and the flame and a delicious (and informational) dinner was had by all. I hate that we met these guys so close to the end of our time here. We’ll miss them.
Friday night found us (surprise, surprise) on the couch eating our dinner from the Whole Foods bar and watching Lost, when a fabulous thing happened. I FELT BEAN KICK!!!! Hooray! At 23 weeks and 1 day, I had my first physical connection with our baby. It was the tiniest little nudge, but I felt it and it made my day, my week. Very, very cool.
It was another lovely weekend in our part of the world. We spent most of it outside, but on Saturday evening we headed indoors to see this movie:
Very cool. I knew that Toad would love it for it’s adventure/mystery-ness and I had to see it bc I loved the book. We were both quite happy.
Sunday was Mother’s Day which definitely felt different than it had before. We both called our own Mothers and then we spent the rest of the day just talking about Bean and enjoying the day. Toad took me out for brunch (I had a crab cake Benedict – yum!) and then we walked to the baseball stadium for an afternoon game. Happy Mother’s Day for sure!