Well, originally when I knew I was flying home on my birthday I was thinking that the day would not be so incredibly filled with utter awesomeness. However, it was a fantastic day. I woke up and rolled over to grab my phone. As I scrolled my facebook wall I got a bit…ok a lot… teary reading heartfelt messages from friends and family. It was an astounding way to start the day. The first big treat of the day was Alyssa sleeping in. As in, I got up at 830 and took a shower all alone, got dressed and ready, and woke her up at 9. It was a delightful start to the day. I swear, at some point in parenting … or in life in general… you reach a point where it truly is the smallest things that make your day seem so much better.
My friend Cheryl is pregnant with her fourth little one and she scheduled her ultrasound for today so that we could all go together! What a delightful treat to be there the moment one of your dearest friends is going to be welcoming her first little girl into the world in a few short weeks. Now, mind you, Cheryl was hoping for a fourth boy. However, I think the prospect of hand-me-downs from Alyssa softened the blow a little bit. 😉 After the ultrasound we all went out to lunch and then back to the house to spend a few hours with Jada and her kids. As we sat and chatted Alyssa napped and gave me time to pack amidst the chatter. The reality that I had to leave begun to sink in. It’s such a crappy feeling… and such a hard one to explain. I miss my husband and family so much but at the same time I know once I leave my friends I’ll once again be so very far away. Thank goodness for the internet allowing us to stay in contact. At any rate, before we left Cheryl wanted to get pictures of me in the shawl she made. I obliged complete with the typical sideways glance that you’d typically see on a yarn site. HA!
Yes… she made it. As in, she got the fiber, spun it to yarn, and knit it in the most amazing manner. It’s simply gorgeous and she got the fiber dyed in my favorite colorway from Julie’s repertoire. It’s simply stunning! Julie got me a matching shawl pin. I’ll have to go to a cooler climate soon so I can rock it in public. Until then it is like a big friendly hug on days that I’m struggling.
After pictures had been taken and goodbyes had been said we loaded down the car to head to the airport. The best part of flying with a special needs child, her wheelchair, and her carseat? Is DEFINITELY the fact that your friend gets to spend time with you until the moment you board. It was the only time I’ve ever been grateful that a flight was a bit delayed. I fought back the tears as we said goodbye and Cheryl fought them back as she had to pull Alyssa’s hand off of her own. Southwest airlines gets a shout out here. They are amazingly accommodating. We preboarded and the flight attendant hung with Alyssa while I buckled the carseat in. We got the very front row of seats and since the flight wasn’t completely full the flight attendant let me spread out and take three seats! She had the greatest personality! She was cracking jokes during the announcements and we chatted a bit during takeoff. Alyssa fell asleep not too long into the flight and I decided it was my birthday and I deserved a drink! It was the first time I ever ordered a drink on a plane and it was nice to sit, type away on the iPad, and just relax. Alyssa did swimmingly well and we actually wound up getting home close to on-time! A very nice gentleman helped us down to baggage claim and we were reunited with the main man in both of our lives.
That smile? Is reserved just for Daddy. I didn’t see it the whole time we were gone. Don’t get me wrong… she smiled… she giggled…etc. However, it never looks just like that! That one is only Daddy’s! It was so good to get a big bear hug from my husband. As much as my friends do an amazing job of holding me up? No one loves me quite like he does.
Just when I thought the day couldn’t get better? I came home to a completely clean house and a cake that Raina had baked just for me!!! It was the perfect end to the perfect day. Neil put his sweet girl to bed and I got a chance to tell him all about our day. It was a fabulous birthday! I’m so grateful for friends and family who love us!! Here’s to a great year!!!