Part of our adoption journey is all about Andy and I expanding the family in our immediate home. Of course, it's still great to have a chance to take a break and spend time with others in our family. Over Labor Day weekend, my parents stopped out for a visit. It was great to see them as they live in Nebraska and we hadn't seen each other for a few months.
During their trip up, we had a great outing for brunch (pumpkin pancakes!), watched a football game, and took a trip up to Vancouver, Canada. With a walk across a suspension bridge, wandering around downtown Vancouver, and hitting up a really fun improv comedy night, it was a fun trip both because of what we were doing and also because my parents were there with us. It was their first chance to really see Vancouver which made it exciting.
Also, Andy and I were treated to a huge surprise. Ever since we started waiting in the pool, we've been especially clear that we don't want our family to send cute baby things our way. Despite many thoughtful and generous offers for playpens, cribs, etc., we know it would be tough to essentially have a nursery without a baby. Walking by an empty nursery year-after-year waiting for a placement has been a bit of a concern even though we have our fingers crossed for a fast placement. However, my mom decided to work around arrangement. She brought out a big bag for us and said she couldn't resist doing something. When Andy and I looked in the bag, there was a beautiful baby blanket that my mom had knitted by hand.
Knowing how much time and care went into the blanket was definitely a wonderful surprise. Also, while she essentially knitted herself a loophole in the 'no baby things' decree by not buying anything for us, I guess we'll have to give her a pass While I still think we have a fair amount of time left until a placement, I'll be excited to put this blanket to use! Meanwhile, I know I'll have a high parental standard to live up to. Our future kids are going to have some fantastic grandparents.