Tuesday evening, Paul got home from a run and shouted upstairs, "Babe, the sky looks amazing, want to come see?"
Always, Paul, always.
I grabbed a blanket off the back of the couch and we half walked half ran down to the beach to catch the final moments of the sunset. The sky was amazing. Pink and blue and gold and magic. The weather was chilly but comfortable. The beach, per usual, was nearly empty.
And for about a minute I was truly overcome.
Tuesday was a crazy day.
One of the craziest and one for the books. We had a Level II ultrasound for baby girl because a small anomaly had popped up on her first ultrasound. We waited, eyes glued to screens, in a dark room as a doctor checked every bit of her 10 ounce body for any other markers that could be a cause for concern. We listened to each chamber of her heart separately. We clasped hands as we learned that her hands were wide open and her fingers looked great. (A wonderful sign!) We learned her face, spine, kidneys, heart, feet and neck all appear to be developing completely normal. We heard that our baby girl, whose kicks are growing stronger by the day, has an excellent chance at being completely healthy.
We walked out of the doctors office grinning like fools and clutching ultrasound photos. I called my mom to share the happy news as Paul listened to a voicemail that a house we love in San Diego - truly, the house of our dreams - was one step closer to being ours.
In the car we shared a quick moment to marvel at how this puzzle piece was fitting into place just in time for Paul to head out for his second deployment in less than a year. And then we were on the road. Him back to work to deal with pre-deployment madness and me back to my computer to sort out the 700 forms and checklists that come with buying four walls and a roof (and a killer kitchen...).
But that Tuesday night, watching the sky, I took a minute to really feel it all. To hear the ocean. To appreciate the sky. To lean into my husband. To thank God for my opportunity to be a mother. To be grateful for the time Paul and I have together. To acknowledge this current moment of our lives where the beach is close and the sky is simply magic.