I had said the word and I couldn’t take it back. Seth and I had just started dating and we were on our first double-date with his friends, Al and Laura. ”You’ll really like them,” he assured me. And I did. They were nice, funny, warm…so why not just pretend we’d been friends for years and tell them that, “Yeah, I’d love to have babies with Seth.” Or something along those lines. I got up and went to the bathroom shortly thereafter and wondered if that had been the best move in our conversation. However, they were all totally normal when I returned to the table, so I just moved on with our night of wine and tapas at The Turquoise Cafe and Bar in Pacific Beach.
On the way home, Seth kind of laughed and told me that, after I’d left the table, Laura had immediately pointed out how I had said “babies” and “Seth” in the same breath. You know, just in case the boys missed it. Totally valid. Boys
tune out miss a lot of things in conversation. I was a bit embarrassed, but Seth had said it first. Maybe in private, but still. It didn’t change my mind about Al and Laura. Really, I would have done the same thing.
Al ended up being our witness at our civil ceremony (“Your other wedding was so much more of an intimate affair,” he joked at our Ritz-Carlton party.) and saved me from killing Seth…or having Seth kill me on bike rides (Note: Always bring along a man who has a long and happy marriage to clue your boyfriend into how women think. Hint: They don’t want to die!). And when I hugged Laura goodbye before leaving her birthday party last year she said, “I cant’ wait until you have babies.” See, she was totally onboard for this baby thing – I knew it!
We were out on a double date at Nine-Ten in La Jolla for San Diego Restaurant Week last Wednesday. Laura handed me a tiny package with a big smile on her face and Al looked at Seth in that “I couldn’t stop her nor did I try” way husbands sometimes do. What I didn’t know is that all of Laura’s friends have had boys and, let’s just face it, girl’s clothes are cuter. I unwrapped the present and held up the tiniest, cutest, and frilliest bathing suit. Finally, she was able to buy something super girlie and Baby Babe is the lucky reason and recipient.
“See!” I exclaimed as I held it up by the tiny straps, “I told you we were going to have babies!”
And then I carefully folded up the tiny newborn suit and tucked it into my little, gold clutch, proving once again that two seemingly illogical pieces of a girl’s wardrobe totally make sense when put together.
Okay, so how cute is this suit Laura picked out for the baby?
Well, why not test it out? Let’s see how it looks in the pool at my parent’s place where the baby will surely take her first swim.
I can’t wait to use it, even if it ends up being used in our tub because, come to think of it, she isn’t going to be born in the prime of bathing suit season. Whatever, what matters is that she looks good! She might as well learn that lesson early on ;)
Thanks, Laura! My mom completely agrees that it was the perfect present. She might have held it up as if there was already a baby inside it and bounced it up and down a bit. Yeah, it’s one of those grandma things to do, I guess ;)