Friday, December 14, 2012
Ella and I took a trip to Florida to visit my very-dear friend and her boys. You may remember that her older boy is two weeks younger than Ella, and her new baby had some health concerns while in utero and during the first couple of months of life. You may also remember that she asked me to be his godmother, which was the most touching request I've had in a long time.
It was so wonderful to be able to spend time with her. She is one of those few women (Ella's namesake being the other) with whom I feel that we can have a true and deep friendship, regardless of our flaws. In a weird way, she and I are struggling with opposite problems. I'm still struggling with getting pregnant again, while my professional life is flourishing; and she's struggling with balancing her professional life now that she has been blessed with two little ones. I love that we're in completely different places, and yet still get each other.
It was equally wonderful for Ella to spend time with her "best buddy". When we were pregnant, I stenciled the words "Best Buddies" on onesies as a gift for my very-dear friend's baby shower, and we did our best to get some cute photos of them together. Two years later, she suggested a "then and now" photo shoot with our toddlers.
I also got in some quality snuggle time with my godson, who is 3-1/2 months and as sweet as could be. He is such a sweet baby; and dare I say, he seemed so much easier and more content than Ella at that age. But maybe that's just because I've had more sleep and (finally) know a little bit more about how to care for an infant. At the same time, it was also a very good reminder of just how much work a baby can be. I've said all along that I trust God--but I guess I had one of those little "ah ha moments" when I realized that God indeed knows what He's doing and He knows my limits better than I may think I do.
It was such a blessing to be able to visit and help out my very-dear friend. I admit that Ella kicked me out of bed each night, and refused to nap on the plane, but it was still a wonderful trip. I'm also equally blessed to find out that she's going to come home for Christmas to get some rest and continue to work on her work-life balance. So I'm so blessed that I'll be able to see her again soon as well.