|Touristy shot of the Space Needle|
Lauren's Wordless Wednesday post (depicting the disarray of her house mid- third trimester home improvements) inspired me to offer to do something for her which was just a bit out of my usual comfort zone: to travel by car with my baby (and without my partner) to help a friend prepare her home for the arrival of her second child. I say it's out of my comfort zone because—and if you know me well, you already know this—I don't much like driving. I also really enjoy being a part of a parenting team, especially because Daniel requires a lot of special attention due to his sensory processing difficulties (even more so when we're not at home).
I stepped out of my comfort zone and Lauren graciously accepted my offer to help...and I am so glad she did! It was really fun for Daniel and me to have a bit of a reprieve from our regular lives, and I found that visiting someone who already has children is much different (and easier) than visiting somewhere that isn't as accustomed to having little people around.
I had a great time, and I was sad when we had to leave earlier than planned (more on that later). (Somehow, a lot of these photographs were taken on the same day...I assure you, we all did change our clothes on a fairly regular basis while I was visiting.) Here are a few photos from the trip:
|I did a bit of computerizing while I was there...|
|...and Daniel did a fair amount of napping on my back.|
|Mikko and Daniel happily sharing the back seat. |
(We also got to try out Alrik's car seat on Daniel.)
Lauren finished sewing this really beautiful (and extremely comfortable) mei tai while I was there:
|It wasn't quite the right size for Mikko.|
|Daniel fit in it just fine, though!|
|Mikko helped measure his Mama's belly.|
|And he "listened" to the baby. |
(Notice how the stethoscope isn't even in his ears—so cute!)
There was (of course) some home improvement to complete before the baby's arrival. After the appointment with the midwives, we made an evening trip to Home Depot to buy a toilet for the unfinished downstairs bathroom. It must've been quite a sight: Me wearing Daniel on my back, while pushing Mikko in the cart, and walking with a very pregnant Lauren...while purchasing a toilet (and various other home improvement items).
|Here, Lauren consults Sam about faucet options.|
Toilet installation was fun (and also fodder for lots of potty humor). I took several photographs of the process, but it really was a three-person (at least) job. The actual toilet placement moment took all of us.
|Why is Sam wearing only one glove? |
(I have no idea.)
|"Alright baby, we've got a toilet! You can be born now."|
Next, I laid everything out in the spot Lauren had designated, then I began to inflate the tub:
After a while, it was all pumped up and ready to go!
(Lauren actually took these next two photographs after I had left.) Mikko made sure to test out the tub to ensure that it was safe:
Daniel was all tuckered-out on our last night there. (He was cutting a tooth and also fighting an infected diaper rash.)
|Lauren has the most comfortable sofa bed I've ever slept on. |
(Daniel seemed to agree.)
Lauren went into labor right about the time we arrived back in Portland.
I felt quite sad at first that I had so closely missed being there for Alrik's birth (though I had not specifically intended to attend the birth). As I lit a candle for Lauren and Sam, I felt a sense of peace, knowing that events had transpired exactly the way they had for a reason, and that perhaps Alrik was even waiting for me to leave before he decided to come out.
I really enjoyed our time in Seattle with the Hobo family! It was so fun to get to hang out with my internet friend in person (if even for a short time) and to spend more time with Mikko and Sam. Now I can't wait until I get to meet little Alrik...hopefully soon!