Our ward campout was this past weekend.
I think maybe for a second Garrett and I forgot that we have an almost-two-year-old, and that I'm 7-months pregnant, and that camping is kinda dirty and not the most comfortable and soooo much work. And it just so happened to be during this second-long lapse in cognition that we made the official decision to go. That is, go on the ward campout. With an almost-two-year-old. While 7-months pregnant.
|^this picture....i mean, come on!^|
(loudly) that she sleep with us on our air mattress. Again, ward members are surrounding us, so it's not like I could argue for long. About 2 minutes after I pulled her in my sleeping bag, the baby in my belly shifted and I suddenly had to pee soooo bad. Like, so bad. I tried inching away from Rae, but she screamed and held on tight to me.
And so it was, at 2 in the morning in the middle of a little AZ forest, that I had my first defining moment as a mother of 2. One child clinging to me in fear, needing me to stay with her, and another child using my bladder as a punching bag, demanding that I get up and waddle to the nearest bathroom immediately. Maybe it was because I was delirious, but it was kind of a monumental moment for me.
I whispered to Garrett, who was sleeping soundly next to me, "Garrett....I have to pee....bad. What do I do?" I don't remember his response exactly, but I can tell you that it was less than helpful. So I laid there, wide awake, with my little girl breathing heavily on my chest, and my legs crossed and clenched as tight as possible....for like 2 hours. Oy.
There were good moments too though! We made new friends and got to know a bunch of people better. Rae loved running around in the dirt and seeing all the tree's and animals! At one point we walked down to a stream that ran by our site and it was beyond gorgeous! We watched all the kids play on a rope-swing, and we climbed over and around a bunch of fallen logs. There's just something about spending time in nature....it's therapeutic and calming and often gives me a renewed perspective on life.
All in all, we are really glad we went, if only for the sake of adventure! And to add to our archives of memories with just the three of us!