And it was just as awesome as I’d hoped…

As I said last week, my buddy Elise came out to visit for a few days and it was amazing.

I don’t remember if I told you before, but Elise and I actually met over the internet. Which is kind of crazy if you think about how many emails and phone conversations we’ve had since we both joined the December 2011 group on The Bump. A random stranger who ended up being one of my best friends. Last September I bit the bullet and flew out to visit her in person for the first time. This time it was her turn to come see me. And it was just what I needed to help me deal with the stress and other jiminy jominy that’s been going on lately.

Given that I had the Littlest Brewster in tow and she brought Marian, her 6 month old daughter who is absolutely adorable, I didn’t plan anything at all beyond breakfast at Denny’s one day. And that was totally cool. We spent nearly 4 solid days just sitting around my house and talking non-stop while the kids played. (And LB got a crash course in having a baby in the house.)

Some highlights from the trip:
-When we went to Denny’s for breakfast, someone saw Elise breastfeeding Marian ((Because she’s like some sort of crazy breastfeeding guru and has it down to a science and can do it anywhere)) and not only sent her the nicest note about Elise having given her hope, but also secretly paid for her breakfast.
-On the breastfeeding note, LB was very interested in what Marian was doing and asked me last night if she could eat my nipple. It goes without saying, but I told her no.
-Elise showed me how to make homemade play dough and it a million times better than purchased play dough. I’ll share the recipe soon, I swear.
-The Littlest Brewster thought that making Marian laugh was the best.thing.ever. and spent a ridiculous amount of time endeavoring to do so. It was really sweet to see, although I’m sure the novelty of having a baby around would have worn off for LB if Marian didn’t have her own mommy so LB didn’t need to share.
-Because Elise has been there before, she didn’t bat an eye when I wanted to take a nap every day when LB when down. ((I apologized a bunch for not having been more understanding when. I visited and she was hugely pregnant. We didn’t do a lot, but I certainly didn’t let her go nap. She insists she wasn’t that tired and didn’t really mind.)) She actually went right upstairs and joined the nap brigade as well. To me, that’s how you know you’re comfortable with someone.

We’ve decided that our next visit has to be when neither of us is knocked up or breastfeeding so that we can devote as much time to being beer nerds as we would like. Because if the fact that Elise can match me calorie for calorie when it comes to food (despite being tiny) is any indication, we’re in for a good time.

And here are some pictures from the visit:

Story Time with Elise and Marian

Story Time with Elise and Marian

LB was a *little* exuberant with her affections

LB was a *little* exuberant with her affections

Strawberry Outing!

Strawberry Outing!

Elise was nice enough to make a freezer casserole for after BIT comes

Elise was nice enough to make a freezer casserole for after BIT comes

I told you she was adorable

I told you she was adorable

LB and Marian digging the pool

LB and Marian digging the pool

More exuberant hugging

More exuberant hugging

Me and Elise

Me and Elise

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