I’ve been having some pretty weird dreams as of late and they all involve giving birth in some way or another. Last night’s dream had the baby coming out of my stomach with me trying to push it back in. Pretty freaky, right? It’s such a strange feeling to wake up from a dream like that and try to wrap your head around whatever subconscious meaning it might hold. I finally gave up and chalked it up to the fact that I’m getting closer to my due date with each passing day. I hope that doesn’t mean the dreams are going to get even stranger.
On a more positive note… we had a dessert party at our house last night which was awesome. I had forgotten how much fun entertaining can be. We invited a few families from church to come over after dinner and bring a dessert to share. We then sat around and answered questions that I had handed out upon their arrival. It was great because we got to hear some fun stories and we learned more about each other than we probably would have otherwise.
But the best part of the evening was watching Henry with his new found friends. A couple of the families had children who are in the 2nd and 3rd grades and they were so sweet to Henry. They ran through the house playing hide and seek and basically just having a great time. I loved that they included him and that they genuinely didn’t seem to mind hanging out with a three-year old. It made my heart melt seeing how happy Henry was hanging out with the “big boys.”
There have been a lot of those moments over the past several weeks for us. Sure he’s still a toddler and he still has his meltdowns. But I can see real growth as of late and it’s so encouraging, not to mention heart-warming. He’s constantly giving us hugs and when he sees we’re upset about something (usually in response to something he’s done or not done, unfortunately) he gives us his best Henry smile and asks, “Mommy are you so happy?” It’s hard not to be when he puts it like that.
Come to think of it, I am happy. Not that I’m usually unhappy, but I’m feeling particularly fortunate these days. Maybe it’s just the hormones talking, but life feels pretty great these days, more settled than it has in a while. Which is funny given all the change that is coming our way over the next several weeks. But I feel like our house is finally home, albeit a temporary one (since we’re only renting). I’m finally becoming familiar with our new area and to top it all off, I feel like I’m starting to make some nice friends.
So yes, Henry, in answer to your question… I am so happy. And regardless of the reasons why, I’ll take it.