Apparently I suck at this Nablopomo thing. Ah well, at least I’m updating more frequently, and really, that’s all I wanted.
Neal and I don’t often have socially busy weekends these days. We typically have errands to run and chores to do, and sadly those things often mean we don’t seek out the company of friends as much as we should. Life, afterall, is much too short to be mostly spent on errands and chores. Thankfully, we have a beautiful little girl to play with and who helps us to ‘keep it real’.
This weekend, however, is very socially busy, especially for me! A good friend of mine, Jessie, is expecting her first child in January, and she organized a “Mother Blessing”. Essentially it takes the place of a baby shower, and instead of bringing baby gifts, a bunch of women get together at the mommy-to-be’s house to cook up some meals to be frozen and then eaten when the baby arrives. It is such an incredibly good idea! When you’re going on little sleep and have this tiny, wholly dependent person to take care of, the last thing you really want to do is cook a meal! And yet, it’s so important to stay healthy as your body recovers, and particularly when you’re breastfeeding.
She also asked everyone to bring a bead that she is going to put on a necklace to wear during labour to remind her of all the strong women in her life. I also thought that this was a really beautiful idea. Labour is HARD, and you can use all the strength you can get!
Claire helped me pick out the bead. It had blues and mauves in it, with a black swirl painted on. I had a few different ones out at the store, and that was the one Claire kept going for.
I actually made my food contribution on Friday morning. It’s the No cream “creamy” broccoli soup that I absolutely love (it’s a little tweaked; I don’t put celery in because I never use the entire bunch you buy so it seems like a waste, and I use the box of prepared broth instead of the can).
I also had a henna tattoo done – it’s still drying and dyeing the skin, so I’ll probably get Neal to take a picture of it after I brush off the excess. I hope it’ll turn out – it got a little smudged on my finger, and some of it goes over my wrist and due to it moving, it got a little cracked. Sooooo, it could look terrible. Whatever – it only cost 10 bucks and it’s not like I have to go to work or anything.
I left Claire home with Neal since she usually naps in the afternoon. Even if I had been planning to take her with me, I would have changed my mind because she was NOT in a good mood at all before I left. It was strange to be out with friends without her – although I had a really good time this afternoon, I was quite anxious to get home!
The lawyer I work with, Nick, invited Neal, Claire and I over to have brunch with him and his family tomorrow morning. Then we’re going to come home and let Claire have a nap, and then go over to Sherry’s to celebrate Breanna’s birthday.