Ava & Chris at the beach 8/14/2011
We finished up our time together eating some great pizza at BJ's where Ava was at her funniest. She had us tearing up with laughter as she creatively came up with new phrases, quoted from movies, and played pretend voices with her stuffed animals at the table. We returned back to the apartment and dug out some stuff for Jackson, one of which being a baby carrier. Chris & Ava being goofy raced around the house with her in it. She sat completley in the wrong position but squealed with delight as Chris galloped around. That joyful sound of laughter was music to my ears as I watched them just being able to enjoy the last of their time together for the week.
Just for laughs.... Ava sitting crazy in an infant carrier! 8/14/2011
Chris laid Ava to bed and with no surprise came out with misty eyes. We sat and talked for a bit, but with 10:00 rolling around we knew it was time to say goodbye. We hugged for a long time and I held it together better than I thought. It wasn't until I watched him wheel his suitcase away from me that the tears began to flood down my cheeks. Another week ahead without seeing him. More doctors appointments without his hand to hold and his smile to reassure me that it is all going to be ok. Oh, Lord I am so glad that we can fight for Jackson, but I just wish we could all do it together. I have realized that I am just no good without my better half. But, we know the sacrafice is worth every bit of the heartache. So with hard goodbyes tonight and in the weeks ahead, we push forward because we know that with every lonesome night we are one step closer to our family of four!