Last December (2011), we packed up the car with our smart mutt and headed south to Raleigh. At the time, our dear friends Oso and Sarah were expecting twin boys. For the first time after many visits, we walked the main streets of the state capitol. We returned to our favourite brewpub there — Natty Greene’s. Our dog had a blast at the dog park near their house. I remember driving past Occupy Raleigh which consisted of maybe ten tents. We accompanied them to their new church, Vintage 21 East, whose seats were filled with young, energetic people. We had a great visit.
Sarah was optimistic about our adoption saying that she expected our child to arrive around her own children’s due date of March 18th. After a routine doctor’s visit in January (2012), Sarah was rushed to the hospital where she had an emergency Caesarian the next morning. The boys, named Aaron and Eli, remained in the hospital for weeks. Fast forward to this March… you know the story… our daughter was born on March 11th.
We returned to Raleigh this weekend, and what an incredible time we had! Unlike the last visit, we had only two outings. Sarah, Wren and I went to a fascinating fiber book club meeting on Saturday morning. The topic for the meeting was fiction containing elements of fiber. The books I remember off the top of my head were Spinners and A Curse Dark as Gold (stories where the tale of Rumpelstiltskin is revisited) and Extra Yarn (a charming children’s book about yarn bombing which I hope to add to my own collection). The second outing was on Sunday morning. This was the boys’ first time at church, and they behaved themselves quite well.
I think the babies were aware of each other, but they did not interact with each other (unless you count slow-motion punching and elbowing). I will cherish the memories from this weekend forever.