pregnant for the third time, was that i would miss my younger brother's wedding. we had just had a chance to meet his sweet girlfriend jacelyn the previous april and we knew that he was planning on proposing soon and that an early september wedding was likely. because my due date was originally august 1st, and because i had no idea if my baby would be on time or healthy and also because i'd need the baby's birth certificate in order to cross the canadian border, i really didn't think that things would pan out for us to be able to attend. and i was sorely disappointed. instead of waiting until the last minute to see if it would work out, all the while trying to save up enough money for 4 plane tickets, we decided to just give up on the idea all together and tell james and jacelyn that we wouldn't be able to make it to their wedding.
my dear, sweet mom, however, never lost hope. she assured me that the baby could be born early, that her birth certificate could arrive in time, and that she and my dad would, without hesitation, help us out with the plane tickets. moms are so often right, aren't they? josh picked up ava's birth certificate last week and my mom booked the tickets the very next day. because it would be too difficult for josh to take any more time off of work, he and the boys will stay home and it will just be me and my little girl flying to my hometown for a whirlwind weekend visit, leaving tomorrow.
aside from the worries that are plaguing my mind (what if the airport security people chuck the gripe water because the bottle is 4oz instead of 3oz? what in the world do i do with my baby if i have to use the bathroom on the airplane? will she cry for the entire 3 hour flight?) i am extremely thankful and super excited to be able to make it after all. because weddings seem to attract all sorts of friends and relations, i'll have the chance to introduce ava to so many people, including all of my siblings and her canadian cousins. so there's a bit of fear and excitement all rolled into one, but i can feel the excitement is gradually taking over.