I vividly remember when my home pregnancy test gave me two little blue lines for the very first time that I grinned at Martin and said, "We're going to have a teenager!" Lo and behold, I proved myself right. As of 8:45 p.m. this evening, my dear sweet 9 lb. 2 oz. Emily turned into a 5'5" thirteen year old. I'm perfectly aware that the challenges that I've faced thus far have been nothing compared to what I'm likely to encounter in the next several years (lest we forget there are two more waiting in the wings). What a crazy ride we're all enjoying!
With the recent dissolution of our marriage, Martin and I have tried to keep things amicable -- especially when we're around the kids. We want to maintain as much of a sense of normalcy tied to special days as well. So tonight
I headed over to Martin's house and we had a family birthday celebration. Em requested a fondue dinner so Martin kindly obliged and her dessert wish was shortbread cookies which I happily prepared. We all stood around the kitchen island like we have so many times and shared a meal and chit chat and love. It was a lot of fun and I hope to continue our family traditions in our own non-traditional ways.