This morning Gideon walked into our room with a little wrapped package and handed it to me. That alone took my breath away as I noticed (not for the first time) that he is growing up way too fast. Inside was my Mother's Day present, a beautiful necklace with Gideon's perfect little silhouette (even his eye lashes!).
It really was perfect timing, while I was waiting in the bowels of the coliseum to process out with the other graduates I got a little nervous and touching that little face reminded me that my family was out there waiting to cheer me on. And cheer they did! My mom, Rock, Bethany, Liyah, Carol, and John were all there along with Mac and Gideon (my dad and Debbie were unfortunately overseas) and they stayed for the whole 3 hour ceremony (mostly taking turns letting Gideon run around the coliseum). A few weeks ago Mac suggested finding a babysitter for Gideon during the ceremony but I really wanted him there and I was glad when I looked up and saw his sweet face.
|My sister took this pic of Gideon catching site of me in the crowd of black clad people in funny hats|
|It's like a game of "Where's Kristin?"|
|This was like the third hand I had to shake on stage. Also check out the wings on the robe. Grad regalia is WEIRD.|
After the ceremony we had planned on going out to eat together just as we had after our last graduation, but in the end we went back to our house with wine coolers and ordered pizza. My how times have changed, and frankly I am glad of it.
I am so lucky to have my family, especially the wonderful husbandit because there is no way I could have done this without a support system of people willing to take care of my child while I write a paper, proof read a project, or just help me decompress. I do not have the right words to thank Mac for his love, support, patience, and humor during our entire time together (pregnancy, finals, and all). My biggest wish for Gideon is that he will be as wonderful a man as his father is. As I like to say, I have the better spouse. Next weekend is my graduation party (I finally got to have one after my third graduation) at La Hacienda Ranch. Bring on the enchilada buffet and margaritas, school is OUT!