Wednesday, November 24, 2010

1, 8, 50, 6, 21, 22, 18, 73

No, don't go out and buy a lotto ticket. These are not those numbers. I'm just clearing my head before leaving for (hopefully a sunny) Cancun, Mexico vacation over the Thanksgiving holiday.

As a young girl, it seems I was always ill during this time of year, and so rather than the yummy smells of the Thanksgiving tom permeating the house, I have memories of having to stay in my pjs, with a fever and feeling yucky. Everything smelled and looked unappetizing. This is as good of a reason as any to get out of dodge for a few days.

Truth is, that since our India trip appears to not be happening any time soon, we felt we needed a bit of R&R to celebrate our little family before it grows. The number 1 in the title is because we realized in the three years we've been together, we've only ever vacationed with other family and friends...never just us three. This is the first time!

Monday, in nearly blizzard conditions, Devi had her four year old wellness appointment with Dr. Ayer. We learned that she weighs 30 pounds and is 100.5 cm tall. These facts account for the next two numbers in the title. Devi has reached the 8% mark in weight and the 50% mark for height. Essentially, this means she is tall and skinny....our string bean. She is quite thrilled to be ON the chart for the second year in a row. Devi also made sure her ears were working and that her eyes were working and that her heart was pumping. These three tests were new for her this year and made seeing the pediatrician that much more fun. Okay, fun is probably not the right word because before going, I told her that she did not need any shots this time. Boy, was I wrong. In the end, she required 6! (the third number in the title) I felt awful having made this terrible mistake, but it was nothing that a special trip to McDonald's (dinner of her choice) couldn't help. Later, while she was soothing her aching arms in a warm tub, we lost our power in the blizzard and had to fish her out in the complete darkness as she pretended to be a mermaid. Then even with wet hair, in a freezing house, she spiked a temperature of 101. We ended up losing the power 3 more times that night which lead to a lot of reset clocks, but we were not worse for the wear. Is this really 2010...the technological age?

The next two title numbers refer to our dear sweet Treya turning 22 months old on the 21st. Man, what do you do with that fact? It saddens me, but we continue to have faith that the New Year will be loaded with great news about us traveling to her. I did send a photo book to India, at the request of Shreevatsa so that they can start to show pictures of us to her in the hopes that she will not close her eyes when she sees her momma, daddy and big sister. I hope we look familiar to her when we are face to face.

The next number refers to the current temperature here. 18 degrees F! Yep, a record and all the more reason to go to the land of guacamole and margaritas.

And lastly, as we board the plane tomorrow, we will remember my mom, who would have been 73 on Thanksgiving. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her and wonder if she sees the beautiful granddaughter that she only knew about on paper and the one on the way. They would have loved her, no doubt. Mom had a way with kids that was astounding. Gosh, we miss you mom.



Peter and Nancy said...

Devi is a stringbean for sure! Did I mention that I love stringbeans? :o)

Hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving, and that memories of your Mom were a comfort even as you missed her.

I love the idea of sending the photo album . . . she will be old enough to make some connections, definitely. Praying that your first meeting with Trey is soon and glorious.

Bon voyage!

Kristi W. said...

Enjoy the land of guacamole and margaritas! Wish we were there with you! Can't wait to read all about your fun trip.


The Harmons said...

Julie can you send me your personal email address? I have a couple of questions for you!
(mom to Leah Aasawari)