This journey to parenthood is amazing. We went from cautiously optimistic when that little digital test surprised me (but not Tim) with a "YES" to watching her kicks with confident joy. It is a little intimidating (ok, a lot) that we're about to have so much responsibility. But at the same time, she starts out so tiny and just wants her basic needs met ... and I know that even the tough times are precious. We'll be doing this together ... not only that, we have a loving Father who will be there every step of the way.
I had promised a while back to write about my trip (broken up of course - Rome wasn't built in a day, and it took us more than a day to visit it!). So the first thing that struck me upon arriving in Paris after the longest flight of my life (thank goodness we didn't do that during the 3rd trimester!) was the Eiffel Tower. Obviously I knew this iconic tower would be greeting us, and I fully expected my response to be something along the lines of "Yep, there's that thing they always show."
|One of our first nights in Paris, complete with a full moon|
|Looking up into the century-old and intricately woven beams|
Unfortunately, one of the elevators was broken, meaning we waited in line for quite a while to get to the second level (where the legs come together) so we skipped the very top. Yes, we waited for the elevator - have I mentioned I'm pregnant? Even from there, the view was amazing. I did a little research later (the tower was much taller than I expected it to be; apparently its grandeur has not been exaggerated as I had thought) and at the time it was built the Eiffel Tower was the tallest building in the world (until the Empire State Building took its place). It was also originally meant to be a temporary exhibit! We certainly don't built our temporary structures like that anymore.
|View along the Seine from the tower's second deck|
|Riding the original elevator (now automated) - no wonder one was broken!|
|My attempt to capture the "sparkling" affect - and the very last photo I took on this trip!|