The only thing missing, making the holidays only one tiny human short of perfect, the missing tiny human being the wonderful little munchkin growing inside of me, of course. Had he been here to enjoy Christmas with us, everything would have been even better than perfect! And for some reason, everything still seemed different this year. Maybe it was the presence of children on Christmas morning that made everything so exciting and warm. Or maybe it was the timing of our uneventful travel, leaving us time to get excited before Christmas and a couple days to unwind after.
Regardless, it was so wonderful. My only regret is that we didn't have one more night because I had to bail on one of the most important stops of the trip. Missing my cousin Allison and her family, and seeing the excitement on her kiddo's faces as they explained each gift they received with detail only recalled by the mind of a child. It's one of my favorite parts of our trips home for Christmas.
Thankfully, I will be back in Michigan in a couple weeks and will be able to see Alli and the kids (and Matt too, I hope) during that trip. (Allison, I am sending you the email with my schedule next!).
Pregnancy seems like such a long journey when it begins. Forty weeks of constant change and weird stuff. That's only 12 weeks of a full year that a woman ISN'T pregnant. That's just crazy. But here I am. Twenty-four weeks down and only 16 weeks to go. Where has the time gone? Don't get me wrong, I don't want to go back in time or prolong this pregnancy business one day longer than I have to. But it makes me wonder how quickly life-in-general will go once our son is actually here. I am guessing that time passes in the blink of an eye, making me thankful for the fabulous camera that will hopefully help us capture and save some of the most special moments.
Thank you to all who were able to squeeze a quick visit in. And I am VERY sorry to those I missed on this trip.
Cheers to a wonderful Christmas and I hope 2012 is as exciting, rewarding and special for you and your family as I am expecting it to be for mine.