Yesterday was one of those days that I dreamed about when waiting to have a child. Gabe and I went to the park in the afternoon and I put him in the swing to play. It was so much fun. He loved it. He was just amazed by it all. When we were suffering through infertility, I spent many nights lying in bed just imagining moments like this one... First trips to the park, going to the pumpkin patch, first combine ride, school shopping with grandmas, etc... I just envisioned those times as being some of my happiest moments. Even now as I write this, I am tearing up... being Gabe's Mommy has given me those special moments. I was so happy just taking my long-awaited son to the park. Being a Mommy has given me joy in the smallest of things. I will sometimes be sitting on the couch just watching Gabe. He has started to play with his toys by himself. I just look at him and think, "Wow. You, Gabe, are it. You are the best thing that has ever happened to Daddy and me." I am just so happy to be Gabe's mom.
Tuesday night, we visited with Gabe's birth family. It was a lot of fun. I think they were surprised by how much he'd changed! They brought him a big bear/dog (we kept joking on what we thought it was). Gabe behaved very well. I felt a little sad a couple of times because he wanted me or Greg over his birth family. But his birth grandma said "Don't apologize - YOU are his mommy". That made me feel much better. I am his mom. I know his personality. I am there when he cries and when he smiles. I can't help but feel bad that his birth mom misses these things. So, I try to send a lot of pictures and keep in good contact. Not just for her, but for Gabe too. I always want him to know that I have done my best to keep that relationship for him. Here's Gabe and the beardog:
Last night Grandma H watched Gabe so we could go to Uncle Dan's last home game. They finished the season undefeated! I guess this hasn't happened since my uncle was a senior in 1974 and the last time it happened before that, my Grandpa was a senior in 1947! Kind of cool that every generation has been.... well, awesome! It was a fun night. Mom and Dad had "senior night" with Dan. I think it was hard on my mom, but she and Dad are so proud of him (and so are we). Congratulations, Uncle Dan, on a terrific season! Playoffs, here we come!
I think we are going out to dinner tonight with our friends Steve & Tami. Other than that, I think our weekend is pretty relaxing! It's nice to have a weekend with not a lot going on. Here are a couple more pics: