Tristine's Triumph -- Entry 31

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March 1

This has been a busy week. My mother-in-law and father-in-law headed for the open road to take a vacation and visit one of their five sons. While they are away, they asked me to drive their youngest two children to and from school. Since they are in middle school and high school, they pretty much take care of themselves.

We go to a dinner hosted by my brother and sister-in-law before my in-laws hit the road. Their children always enjoy it when I can come over to the house. They have been so patient with my bruised belly and thighs and know that I cannot pick them up and play games with them the way they were used to. But they still manage to find ways to have fun with me and I am constantly hearing from them "Watch this, Aunt Tristine!" I enjoyed the company of the children because they kept me distracted from the conversations of birth and babies that always plague family gatherings. I know that the emotions of the previous week are still hanging on a bit so that would explain my sensitivity towards these topics.

With the onset of last week's emotions, I think it is good that I am kept busy this week. I even found myself anxious for springtime. I like to garden and found myself wanting to start some flower seeds so that they will be ready to plant in May. To keep me busy without having to overwork myself, I asked my husband to help me set up a spot downstairs where I can start seeds under fluorescent lights. Since I have been able to move around more, I enjoyed the time I spent shopping for seeds and dreaming about how I wanted my gardens to fill in this year. I know that I may seem a bit ambitious for gardening dreams, especially being so high-risk with this pregnancy and due in the beginning of June. But I know that I can get my little sister-in-law and my nephew over to help me plant since I will be much too big with baby to do it myself.

Well, I better enjoy this busy time while I can because my mother-in-law and father-in-law will be returning next week and I think things will slow down for me again.

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