Today is Brooks' 2nd Birthday! I am sure it has a lot to do with pregnancy hormones, but I am feeling very emotional about the fact that my baby is 2. But let's get real, your brother hasn't been a baby since about 6 months old. He has always been huge and so very very independent. I am also feeling extremely lucky that your brother is 2 and just 2 months from now we will be welcoming you to our family. Pretty much exactly as we had planned. There was a time, Quinn, that I wasn't sure that our plan would work out and it isn't lost on me that we are beyond lucky in our life. You are the final piece to our little puzzle.
I stayed home from work today. Too many sleepless night's in a row caught up with me and I needed a day to just catch up. I was so tired that at some point during the day I realized my pj pants were on backwards. Still comfy though. So no need to waste any energy turning them around.
For some reason I thought it would be a good idea to combine my 32 week check up with Brooks' 2 year doctor's appointment. Thank goodness your dad was able to take time off work and come with us. Brooks was pretty good about the parts of the appointment that were for him, but lost his marbles when the nurse took my blood pressure yelling "no mommy no" and crying huge tears. It was even worse though when I laid down on the table so the doctor could measure my belly and listen to your heartbeat. "No baby Quinn, no!" I fear you have a very protective big brother on your hands.
When I got home from work at the end of the day. Brooks met me at the top of the stairs and started nattering about "Baby Quinn's noise." I told him there was no way he, or any of us could have heard your heartbeat over his wailing. Hahahahaha.
Later that night I tried to get him to feel you moving around. He sat beside me with his little hand on my belly and every once in a while gave it a rub and said "Hi baby, hi." Melt. My. Heart.
Tonight was a long overdue Courtney and Angie date night. And we took full advantage. We went out for supper and sat for hours afterwards talking and talking and talking. For so long that your dad and Colin both texted to see if we were ok. Yup. We were great! 25 years of friendship and still lots to talk about.
It was your dad's turn to go out tonight so you, Brooks and I had a quiet night in. Brooks seems to be fighting off something and was happy to relax on the couch after supper and a bath. That's probably my favourite part of the day. The after routine down time before bed. Where we just sit and be a family.
Tonight I got together with some of the best ladies I know for the 6th Annual Snowflake Soiree. THE event of the holiday season. Kim hosts this party and does such an incredible job putting it all together. Quinn I hope you are as lucky as I am one day with girlfriends. I have never known a more supportive, kind, generous and hilarious group of ladies and am in awe of how often these ladies know exactly what I need without me even asking.
Your dad and I started out today by meeting a coworker of mine from Medicine Hat and his wife for breakfast. It's been about 4 years since the last time we saw them and 7 since I left my job as a reporter at The Medicine Hat News to move back to Moose Jaw. I was incredibly touched when they called to say they were in town for the weekend and wanted to get together. I have met some of the best people over the years and especially in my experiences as a reporter. And the hardest part of it all is trying to keep in touch. Social media helps, but it isn't enough sometimes. Sometimes unexpected and awesome breakfast dates are exactly what you need to remind yourself of some of the most special people you've encountered a long the way and the impact you've had on each other's lives.