In a matter of weeks, we'll be celebrating "Firsts"- Baby's first diaper change, first bath, first outfit for the trip home, first everything- because he's so new! For now, though, we're celebrating Lasts.
This Thanksgiving weekend was our last Thanksgiving pre-parenthood. We didn't get up early for Black Friday, knowing that we won't have many more weekend mornings we can sleep in. Saturday, after winning tickets, we took a spontaneous road trip to Cincinnati to see Prairie Home Companion live and had SO much fun. Would this be our last road trip for a while without a baby and baby gear in tow? Considering, pretty soon, I shouldn't travel that far from home, probably. While enjoying the mini-getaway, we used a gift card and ate at McCormick & Schmicks, a nice seafood restaurant in both Indy and Cincy. Was that our last fancy meal out?
This Friday is our company Christmas party at a nice dinner club downtown- and will be our last Christmas party that we won't need to get a babysitter for. We spent the weekend playing board games with teeny-tiny pieces, and were able to leave the game set up on the table in the kitchen- when will our last game be, before the pieces become choking hazards and need to be put away?
We're anticipating with excitement all the big Firsts to come, but I think I'm realizing the need to reflect on these Lasts, too. I'm not mourning these Lasts, but instead savoring them, knowing that what is to come isn't better or worse, just a different adventure. I'm understanding more and more the line in the Christmas story, "Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart."- things are changing so fast, and it would be easy to miss this time, and the time to come. Even now, when my nesting instinct has kicked into full gear, I need to slow down, ponder, and treasure this time. I won't have a chance later on!