Not only did I get spoiled rotten at my baby shower this weekend, but I also had the pleasure of some extra hanging out time with two of my favorite women – my mom & my sis. After the shower, we came back to my house to relax…
And to organize…. (Insert small panic attack because I don’t have a place to put all these goodies yet!)
And then we went to dinner at Mozelle’s Bistro. It is one of my favorite places to eat in Winston & my sister had never been yet. I didn’t make a reservation but we were fortunate enough to grab the last open table on the small front patio. My mom had the tomato pie, which is usually my go to… she loved it but not the cheese grits that came with it. Who doesn’t love cheese grits? For shame! Katie had the scallops plate which she loved and I did a 3-veggie plate with asparagus, collards and mac & cheese. Their collards will make a grown man cry, y’all. They are so, so good.
On Sunday morning (Mother’s Day!), we had a leisurely breakfast at Camino Bakery.
Scones and coffee, anyone?
And then Mom & Kates had to head back down to Charlotte to go the airport. I just spent the rest of the afternoon cleaning up and then went to my favorite Sunday night combo class of body pump/dance trance. I was walking in the door of the gym when a teenage boy, holding the door open for me, looked at me and said “Happy Mother’s Day!” I was so surprised for a second and then realized…
Oh yea, I am going to be a Mom! Or I am a Mom. Or something mind-boggling like that!
And not just to this guy, which of course I already counted….
(And yes he is wearing baby socks. He has a bad habit of pacing around 5 am but he doesn’t really need to go out… but of course, since I am already practicing for motherhood I wake up at the first sound of him getting up and lay there in bed wondering if I should let him “walk it out” and put himself back to bed, or get up.)
Anyways! Motherhood! While it’s occurred to me that I am going to have a baby, it’s not really occurred to me that I am going to be someone’s mom. Wow. What a huge, life-altering change lies before me. Katie and I always agree that we are blessed with the greatest mom ever. I don’t know how we got so lucky, and how she makes it seem to easy to be a mom. As kids, she had a perfect balance of being a loving, supporting presence but also inciting enough fear in us to make us stay in time out when told or clean our rooms when told. As grown-ups, she gives us the perfect balance of friendship and support but also authority and expertise when we need to feel certain we’re cooking the pork tenderloin to perfection or handling the job interview the right way. How do you hone that type of balance? Is it just genetics or is my mom going to slip an owner’s manual to kiddo raising when I come home from the hospital to tell me how she did it all?
I sure hope it’s the latter, and if so – can I have that manual early so I can start studying now, Mom?
Happy Mother’s Day, to the best Mom ever. If I can be half the mom you are to this little kiddo, I think I’ll be alright. (But please know your number is on speed dial and I intend to use it often.) We love you!