Family Dinners and The Start of a Tradition?

Last night we went over to my in-laws’ house. I am very, very blessed with amazing in-laws and my mother-in-law (MIL) has been nothing but amazing and sweet to me since the day Josh brought me home to meet his parents. Yes, I am aware of how lucky I am.

My MIL cooked one of her famous meals that is usually reserved for holidays; chicken and dressing, mac and cheese, mashed potatoes, corn, cornbread. Now believe me when I say my MIL’s cooking is responsible for about half of my weight gain. Her food is amazing. I never, EVER liked dressing/stuffing until I tried hers. She cooks the chicken (or turkey) and dressing together and it’s moist and delicious. Her mac and cheese she makes from scratch; she uses big, round noodles and about 4 different types of cheese, and then SHE BAKES IT. Needless to say when she asked us over on Tuesday I almost hyperventilated I was so excited.

Josh’s brother, Steve, has a daughter from his first marriage and she’s 13. She usually comes and stays with my in-laws for a week in the summer and a week around Christmas. She was there, my sister-in-law and her son were there, my brother-in-law Tim was there and we were there. We all had a good time eating my MIL’s delicious food, and just cracking up and having fun. I love being around my husband’s family; they have a dynamic and a closeness that I just love. Anyway, after we were through eating and were sitting there miserable, my MIL comes in and says she has something for me. She’s holding this black jewelry box, and says that she was going through her jewelry (I don’t remember what for) and she came across this. She had completely forgotten that she had it. She opened it up, and it was a small gold necklace with a charm in the form of a crawling baby. She told me that she had worn it when she was pregnant with Josh, and wanted me to have it. I smiled, and took it of course and was extremely touched. It made me so happy that she gave it to me, and I’m wearing it now.

I got to thinking, if we have a son and he gets married, I’d like to give it to his wife when and if she gets pregnant. And if that doesn’t happen, perhaps I’ll give it to our daughter if we have one when she gets pregnant. I was just very touched by the gesture. She’s always been thoughtful like that to me.

Drawing ever-closer to the second trimester. I got to thinking this morning about how I can’t wait to feel the baby move. I wonder when it’ll happen…. I’m thinking that I’ve got a ways to go still since I have a retroverted uterus. We’ll just have to wait and see, and be patient.


  1. That is the sweetest thing I have ever heard! (serious tears right now) What a great MIL!! As far as movement, I don't think your uterus will play too big of a role since it should be in the "normal" position by 12-14 wks (I think) Mine is SEVERELY retroverted and I started feeling movement pretty early on. I think it has more to do with where the placenta is and (possibly) your weight? I could be wrong though. I hope you get to feel it soon!!

  2. Melissa says:

    What a sweet gesture. That's a really nice keepsake to pass along from generation to generation.My uterus is *extremely* retroverted (my RE actually thinks that was the reason we had trouble getting pregnant). I also had an anterior placenta, which tends to serve as a cushion from feeling baby kicks in utero. Despite the retroverted uterus and anterior placenta, I started feeling kicks around 17 weeks. The kicks became hard and regular by 20 weeks.I bet you'll feel it even sooner, granted you don't have an anterior placenta like I did. Feeling that baby kick for the very first time was quite possibly one of the happiest days in my pregnancy!!

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