This tends to be my favorite time of the year anyway – longer days, freshly green trees, flowers everywhere, trails starting to feel like summer but not so hot yet that you feel like you’re going to die – but these last two weeks have been all sorts of excellent on top of all that.
First of all, my parents and grandma came to visit! My parents make it over fairly often, but this was my grandma’s first visit since 2007 – it’s a long way from Norway. It was extra comforting to have my family over now that there’s a pretty huge change coming up in our lives. It’s going to be hard to have all our relatives so far away while we raise our child, but at least my parents have already booked their tickets to come and help out in the early days (when JK and I will undoubtedly be freaking out that the hospital let us take this precious baby home as if we have any idea what to do with it).
One day when my mom and I took the Wellie and Basil out for their walk, we FOUND A HUGE MOREL IN OUR FRONT YARD. And then we found TWO MORE. In our FRONT YARD. Do you realize how amazing that is? Gaaah! Also, morel season is coming up in the mountains, and my current snail’s pace is pretty much made for mushrooming.
After my family flew back home, JK and I celebrated reaching what is hopefully the halfway point of pregnancy by going on my favorite hike so far this year, to our favorite spring flower trail, Sauer’s Mountain (I’ll get my report up soon, but go now, the balsamroot is peaking). I feel like I look rather large for 20 weeks, but I’m sure some of that can be contributed to the massive amounts of Norwegian Easter marzipan I’ve consumed lately – yet another reason why life is so good right now. Mmmm.
Finally, and most importantly, we had our 20-week ultrasound, and our baby girl(!) looks totally healthy and thriving – and pretty damn cute if I do say so myself! After the appointment, I felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders. Now I can relax and enjoy the second trimester and what looks to be a fantastic spring season. I can honestly say that I’ve never felt happier, luckier, or more content in my life than I do right now. So yes, life is very, very good.