When I was in High School I was in a play called "The King and I". It was a very fun show to be a part of, and I played the role of Tuptim, the new bride of the King of Siam. I wore one of my mom's traditional Indonesian dresses that was a gift to her from my Grandparents for the play, and loved the way I looked in the Batik print. I felt very rooted, and grounded in my heritage during that show, even though I played a Burmese woman. Today as I spent time with IF and IM, I found myself whistling a song from that show "Getting to know you". Some of the lyrics are "Getting to know you, getting to know all about you. Getting to like you, getting to hope you like me....Haven't you noticed suddenly I'm bright and breezy, because of all the beautiful and new things I'm learning about you day by day." :)
IF and IM came over to our house today to visit, along with IM's parents. It was such an honor for me to meet them. I cleaned my house yesterday and this morning, following Hunter around with a broom and dustpan, desperate to keep the house clean at least until they got here. I set out a kettle of peppermint tea, made a pot of coffee and placed Madeline cookies on a china plate my mother painted rimmed with gold. I set my crystal sugar bowl my Aunt Cathy and Uncle Larry got me for my wedding along side the tea cups and felt ready! I was nervous again. Nervous to meet IM's family with the same nerves I experienced when meeting Jason's family for the first time. I loved IM and IF already as family, I hoped that IM's parents would like us as well. Jason was stuck at the DMV when they arrived, taking his test for his Motorcycle license (which he passed!!) and Hunter said "Uncle Andrew!!" when he saw IF. I laughed, because IF and Andrew (my brother) do have similar features. IM and her family were so nice, and I can only describe the moment seeing them as feeling as if I were with family. IM's mother reminded me so much of my Oma (Grandmother) before my Oma had her stroke. It was almost hard for me to not give her the biggest hug I could. Even the way she held Emma and bounced her reminded me of my Oma. It must be an Indonesian thing. :) IM's father was like the quiet Grandpa who laughed at the kids on the ground, but when he made a joke it was hilarious! IM held Emma and played with her on the ground and I just loved seeing that. I could instantly tell how amazing she will be as a mother, one who smothers her children with warm kisses and holds them until they wiggle free. Exactly the kind of mother I think of myself as. IF played Helicopters with Hunter and Hunter brought his trains to him to see. IF told Hunter that he had a train set just like his as a kid. :)
IM and IF were so sweet and brought me a gift of a Diffuser that smelled fantastic!! Its on my hutch in my living room now and it smells so good, and a bag of pastries from IM's favorite cafe. It was such a sweet gesture and I honestly look forward to seeing them again in a few weeks. We are slowly getting to know each other little by little, and I am so looking forward to this journey.
After they left I called the Fertility clinic that IM is working with to schedule my appointment and they are emailing me all the paperwork I need to fill out. I go in after my paperwork is turned in for bloodwork, and an ultrasound to be medically sure my Uterus is healthy and can carry a child. I could be pregnant for IM and IF as early as September!! We will see, I am turning in all my paperwork as I get it, so hopefully this will all help to happen soon. :)