I'm starting in to my busy time at work (okay, let's be honest--it seems like it's always a busy time at work lately, but this time it's for a project that is largely my responsibility). I had to work late two nights this last week, giving presentations to nearly 600 students. With my husband still out of the country, that left me in a bind with what to do with Ella on those evenings.
Luckily, my mom was an anxious to see Ella, as I was to find someone to watch her. So I picked up my mom from the airport late Wednesday afternoon, picked up Ella from daycare, handed her off to my mom, and went back to work. My mom said that she gave one little complaint as they drove away, but was totally fine after that. She was asleep by the time I got home. Sadly, she was still asleep when I left the next morning! But my mom brought her in for a Chinese New Year celebration at her new school, and we then had lunch together.
The last time that Ella saw my mom was in September for her birthday and baptism, but she either remembers her or has just done really well adjusting to her. She even hopped off my lap and chose to go to my mom at one point yesterday. She does the sign for Grandma when my mom isn't in the room. It really makes me happy to see her bonding with my mom. It's hard having them in California, but we make the most of our time when we are together.
I always knew that my mom would be a wonderful grandmother. From her work as a Marriage and Family Therapist, she is so wise about reading others--especially children. She has been teaching Ella all sorts of new songs and games. Now I just need to try to remember all of the lyrics so I can continue to sing them to her!
Today's blessing was getting a text from my friend and colleague letting me know that her beta levels more than doubled in 48 hours. She also suffers from PCOS (and also doesn't fit the normal symptoms), and has let me share my journey with her; and her journey with me. I know I shared previously that I was sad when my very-dear friend shared with me that she was pregnant, but I felt different this time with my colleague. I was so genuinely excited for her when she told me that she was pregnant, and it gives me hope that I won't always be a jealous person. Please keep this friend in your prayers, as I know how fragile life can be.