This past weekend was so great. Saturday arrived sunny and clear – and we had big plans! After the usual greeting, feeding, playing, burping, and napping, I went downstairs with baby J and Tyler and found out that I had been totally spoiled this year for my birthday! Tyler had found a few useful things (new bathmat) and things I’d like (funky flower ring holder and little frames) plus a huge new coffee table that he’d secretly assembled in the basement and lugged up in the middle of the night, draping it with hot pink wrapping paper and yellow bows – the first thing I saw.
Besides being useful for storing stuff it actually lifts up so you can work or eat without hunching over. It also lowers back down steadily so you don’t have to remove anything. Very good job picking it out and I know we’ll use it a lot!
We took a relaxing walk in the glinting sunlight with baby J to get coffee, and then arrived home and people started coming over. We’d invited some friends and family to help put up a tent in the backyard that’d give us shade and a more private area to hang out and eat dinner outside. Tyler’s parents brought the tent, and everyone pitched in to get it set up and sturdy.
I was also given some garden themed gifts – a frog statue, a salad bowl mix (excited to grow my own salad!) a metallic sunflower table, and a couple of comfortable reclining lawn chairs. Plus baby J got his own set of tiny gardening gloves! I let our yard and garden go totally wild last year, and I’m excited to make more of an effort with it this year. Next stop, tomatoes!
We spent some time having drinks, snacks, and lively conversation in the newly shaded backyard before people left and it was just the 3 of us. The only blip on the day’s landscape was when Herman found a little robin in one of the garden boxes, lunged and shook it! Poor thing didn’t stand a chance. I was shocked and mad at Herman, but he didn’t know any better – he treats his toys the same way.
After another nap and some down time, I put Julian to bed and my mom came over to snooze on the couch while we hit the town. We enjoyed a huge salad, steak, and lobster dinner at the Keg in the Market and then checked out our friends playing at the Heart and Crown. It was really fun – I even had a couple glasses of wine – and it’s funny, we were doing all the same things I would have done last year, but it feels different. Like calling home after dinner to make sure the baby was still just sleeping. Like talking over dinner about how he just started to notice his hands and keeps putting them out in tiny fists to stare at.
Going out to a pub and watching people and knowing that although they can’t tell, we’re parents now. So we didn’t drink more than a bit of wine or a couple beers, didn’t dance with abandon or feel careless about what time it was – we still had a nice night out. I wouldn’t trade what we have now for any of those old days when we partied a bit harder, stayed out a bit longer, and slept in a bit later.
Speaking of which, it was also Father’s Day this weekend! A rainy, miserable day that we spent as a family, drinking coffee, playing with baby J, having dinner with Tyler’s dad too. I can’t believe our good luck this year, that we have this great little family now, and Tyler is not only a dad, but a wonderful one. I love hearing him talk to Julian, playing songs on the piano, being silly and he happily changes diapers. I’m pretty excited to see this father-son bond grow in the years to come. I know it’ll hinge on love, laughter, stories and probably music.