Yesterday we drove back from Iowa. Today we drove to Duluth to see Chuck’s dad. That was such a hard trip to make. I cried a few times on the way up there. But I really wanted to hold myself together.
Chuck and I didn’t really know what to expect since we hadn’t seen him in person or talked to him any way other than e-mail or letters since February 2009. Paige and Brian went with us since they had been up there before. I was glad we made the trip when we did since I am getting so close to my due date and I wouldn’t want to take the trip up there too close to the due date.
It was hard to see him after so long, but it wasn’t as bad as we thought it was going to be. The hardest part for me was when we got home. That’s when I was the most emotional because it was hard to know that he won’t be here when Thumper is born and that one of her grandparents won’t be able to see her all the time. I know we’ll make the trip up to see him when she is born, but it was still just a hard reality for a hormonal pregnant lady. So I cried. Or more accurately, sobbed. But it was good to get it out.
I know Chuck’s dad is really excited for us, and I am comforted by the fact that Thumper won’t be too old when he is out of prison, so they will have many years together to have fun. And I am sure Thumper will have siblings by then, too!