What a lovely weekend!! The dads were in town from France, and I couldn’t have asked for things to go better.
We started by sending messages back and forth as they made their way to Portland Friday night. They had some delays and the trip took longer than planned, but they made it into town around 1:00am. The plan was for them to arrive at our house at 10:00am on Saturday, and then we would head to our ultrasound appointment.
The next morning I had the kids be up and dressed by 9:00, and had them in view of the door when the doorbell rang. I opened it up and.... there were Grandma, Papa, and three of their cousins, Coltan, Myles, and Delanee! As they were expecting two Frenchmen, all three of them were in complete shock. Their mouths hung open and they looked so confused 😂 They were so surprised and so happy! It was amazing to have my family in town for the weekend.
So, cue the 10:00 doorbell, and the dads arrived on schedule. I was really excited for them to meet some of my family. We visited for a bit and then headed off to the ultrasound. Oh, and they also brought me some amazing French chocolates! I think it’s important that I eat them, you know, for the baby to be exposed to its culture. 😉
The ultrasound was great. I drank the excessive amounts of water as instructed, and we were so ready to see the baby. Everything went perfectly! According to the ultrasound technician, baby is measuring perfectly in all areas, and unless a radiologist determines that we need more images, we think we got everything that we needed. We also found out that they are having a boy!! So exciting to finally know who’s in there! He was very active during the ultrasound, and it was so cool to see him wiggling around when I could feel it in my belly. We also got some great images for them to take home.
I mean, have you ever seen a cuter little French baby in your life?! After the ultrasound, my awesome doctor came in on her day off to meet the dads and give us a tour of the birth center. It’s a beautiful facility and it was nice to see where we’ll be in about 4 1/2 months!
Then we headed out for lunch. We tried a new restaurant in one of my favorite neighboring towns, Silverton. That’s also where I’ll be delivering the baby. Silverton is an adorable town with lots of fun shops and restaurants. I love going there! We had a great time together at lunch, just catching up on everything.
We drove back to our house and parted ways. The guys had some plans with some other Oregon friends, and we were looking forward to some family time. Brad took five of the kids on a hike to Abiqua Falls, while I hung out with my mom, dad, Finnegan, and Baby D. Finn usually likes to go on the hikes but he was really wanting more grandparent time so he chose to stay with us. After they got back we filled up the night with dinner at a local golf course and time in the hot tub.
Sunday was a beautiful, sunny day with lots more family time, including several rounds of Capture The Flag for the kids (and Brad 😆)! The cousins always find plenty of ways to occupy their time!
Sunday night Brad and I went out for dinner with the dads in Portland. We went to a restaurant called Urban Farmer. It was so delicious! Probably the best steak I’ve ever had in my life. We spent some time in the lounge area first, and then moved back to the restaurant, and it was just a really great night. We had such good conversation the whole time. You never know if it might be a little awkward or if there will be lulls in the conversation, given that we live across the world from each other and don’t know any of the same people, but it was really just wonderful! The time flew by and we found plenty to talk about. It was really nice to have this extra time together; I can feel their excitement for the baby to come. They love their boys so much and are over the moon to bring another one into the mix.
We ended the night with big hugs and firm directions to baby boy to wait until his dads are back in Oregon in July to make his appearance. Let’s hope he’s a good listener.
Now we get to enjoy one more day of family time before my family heads back to Minnesota! It always goes too fast but I appreciate how much we cherish our time with them! Living over 1,800 miles apart means not taking a moment together for granted.