Before Greg got home, I had lots of friends warn me that homecoming can be amazing, but also extremely difficult. They cautioned to not get my hopes up and expect an adjustment period. I'm really happy they prepared me for this - I definitely went into it not expecting to wake up and find Greg and Riley cuddling and watching TV on the couch. Luckily, we truly have not had a very hard time at all - but I'd be lying if I said it's been all sunshine and rainbows.
The easy parts: Within a day of Greg being home, it felt like he had never left. It may sound funny, but I forgot how easy it is for us to just be together. It doesn't matter what we're doing - we tend to have the same laid-back attitude about most things. Lots of our down-time has been spent on the couch, enjoying a glass of wine and talking about absolutely everything, including coming up with elaborate storylines about Dutch's career aspirations (he would like to be a world-renowned sommelier).
The surprising parts: I don't know how this is possible, but I forgot how freaking FUNNY my husband is. There's just something about only communicating via Facebook messenger or video chat, that takes away a special element in communication. Over the past three weeks, I have laughed harder than I have in a long time. Of course, there's other things I forgot about Greg, like how we always disagree on parking spots, how I suck at taking out the garbage, and how he has a tendency to leave his clothes on the floor directly next to the hamper. All small things, but there is definitely a period of re-discovering one another, and it's been interesting. Luckily, none of these things have been too challenging.
Me: Greg! Are you off to the baby store?!
Greg: Why, yes, my dear wife! Yes I am!
Me: OH SPLENDID! Can you do me a favor?
Greg: Absolutely! What is it?
Me: Pick out a good one! Perhaps one with a chin dimple and dirty blonde hair!
Greg: Why yes, yes I can do that!
*Greg returns moments later with messy-haired, sleep-looking baby*
Greg: Well, this was all they had! What do you think? Shall we keep her?!
Me: That looks like a fine baby! Yes, let's keep her!
Anyway, you can easily see how weird we are. Anyone else do weird things like this?
In other news - my giant baby is finally evening out in height. She has been in the 95-99th percentile in height since she was born - and at this visit she was in the 58th for both height and weight. I figured she would slow down at some point, but I would be lying if I wasn't wondering who her parents were for a second (Greg and I are both "average" if not on the "shorter" side).
I love living life with this man and seeing him as a dad again has been such a gift. Our hearts are so full!