Mother’s Day 2012
A Mother’s Day to remember, that’s for sure. My first Mother’s Day with 2 children. My first Mother’s Day in Germany.
LOML, my incredibly thoughtful and loving husband, bought my mom a plane ticket to come visit for 5 weeks in June. I was really surprised when I opened the card and read the little printout with the trip itinerary. I opened the card when I was talking on Skype with my parents so they got to see my reaction, too. They were in on this whole thing for a couple of months now! I can’t believe my mom didn’t slip up.
LOML: Love of my life, apple of my eye, essence of my being, my soul mate, my best friend, my confidant, my fellow crazy person who decided that moving to Germany with 2 small children was a good idea, my traveling companion, my sugar daddy, my baby daddy, the person I am beyond honored to call my husband and get to share the rest of my life with.
And he’s ruggedly handsome.
On the drive to church LOML left Big Ive’s sippy cup on the roof of the car and drove off. He made it up about half of the steep curvy hill before it fell off. We had to turn around and get it. The girls wore their cute new dresses to church. I ended up staying in the nursery to help out as there were a lot of 0-2 babies and one worker was sick. And there was a little boy who was crying almost the entire time. I picked him up and tried to comfort him. Poor guy. I got to listen to the last couple of songs and the band (a visiting group) played one of my favorite songs. Little E was in my arms during that song. It was kind of like old times when I played bass and sang at our church back home. Music, dancing, church. I need to talk to the pastor and see if they need a bass player or singer. : )
Then we went to a little restaurant and had brunch. Little E slept most of the time and Big Ive was all over the place. I had a little ChupaChup sucker for her and she sat still for most of that. I think I will be stocking up on more small suckers for her.
Big Ive fell asleep really quickly after getting home. She has been hit and miss the past week with bedtimes and naptimes. We’re good for a few days and I get lulled into thinking we’re onto a new path and then we have some really crappy days/evenings and I wonder if they’ll ever go to sleep by themselves at a reasonable time. Little E played by herself downstairs with LOML and me. She’s walking everywhere now.
Big Ive got up and LOML told me to go take a short nap before we were scheduled to meet his friends at the local restaurant by the soccer field here in our village. They have been living in Germany since LOML was in the air force 10 years ago. It was a really nice time to meet them, enjoy a drink and wrangle children. The owner, Herrn K, gave Big Ive 2 scoops of ice cream, complete with M&Ms and a sparkly tassel decoration. Then they gave her a piece of chocolate. Kid was hyped up on sugar.
There was a soccer game this afternoon so they were selling concessions. They had a big boombox playing music and Big Ive turned up the dial so it was really loud. That scared her and she ran behind my legs. A little later they moved the boombox to a different spot and she danced with the music. It was cute.
She didn’t want to leave when we tried to go because another little girl had a purple tricycle that she wanted to ride. She threw a fit and then got over it. She tried to help pull the wagon with Little E in it. She’s not a very straight driver. : )
LOML called his mom and wished her a happy Mother’s Day. I cooked spaghetti for supper. Little E got her first taste of spaghetti and really liked it. I let her feed herself and she was a mess. But I had thought ahead and put her in her high chair only wearing a diaper. Cleanup was easy with a quick bath. When I brought her into the bathroom she started saying, “Ba, ba, ba, ba”. I hadn’t told her I was taking her up for a bath, but she knew what that room was and that she gets baths. It’s neat to see the beginnings of spoken language in her.
During another part of the day (can’t remember where, exactly), when we were trying to get Big Ive to leave somewhere she didn’t want, she started to throw a fit and said, “Sad!” It was the first time I’ve heard her verbally express her feelings. She had been saying the word ‘sad’ for a long time and says it frequently when Little E is crying. This was the first time she’s said it for herself. It is amazing to watch her grow and develop and start doing all of these new things all of the time.
I’m staying up late tonight to call my family as they are celebrating Mother’s Day at my grandparents house this year.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there. You are a mother if you have a living child or if your child is no longer living. You are a mother if your child still lives at home or if they don’t. You are a mother if you gave birth to your child or you did not give birth to your child. You are a mother if you gave birth to babies you never saw and a mother if you took those babies and gave them homes. Biological, Step, Birth, Foster, Adoptive – all mothers. All deserving of a happy Mother’s Day.