03 Feb One day till we meet Manu ?
One day till we meet Manu ?
This is the last day Manuela, my niece, gets to be comfy in her mom’s belly. Elisa, her mom, my little(and only) sister, is having her tomorrow morning and I am here in Valencia, already crying, with my heart feeling tight and fragile.
One of those moments we realize that even with all the technology available today, no videos nor photos can make up for in person experiences like this one. Choosing to live abroad, away from our family and friends has this down side. It hurts when these special moments happen and you can’t be there as much as you wanted to.
Through whatsapp and Skype, I have been able to participate in all her moments in her mom’s belly. But I do wish I was in Brazil tomorrow to see Elisa, Bruno, my brother and my mom’s face when they see Manuela for the first time. And I keep visualizing my dad’s face, too, and his happiness meeting his first grand baby, if he was around to see this. One of those moments we live for.
Part of me says I just had to be there. But another part said that it would be wiser to wait a couple of months to see her a bit bigger, more energetic, without having to share her with my sixty cousins, uncles and aunts that will be around begging to be with her and take care of my sister.
I visited Brazil six months ago, got to kiss and feel Manu in her belly and now I’m solving some things here in Valencia that mean a lot to me, getting settled. I wouldn’t be clear headed as I want to be when I go. In a couple of months, I want to take a week off work to just relax and enjoy every little move, sound and smell that she makes. She will be all mine and I will be all hers for that week. I can’t wait!
So you Pimentas and Pinheiros over there make sure you remember how I’m feeling over here and please send me as many videos and pictures as you possibly can! Don’t be cheap now. I need you. And don’t squeeze her too much! Let the poor baby breathe! Come Manuela! We can’t wait to meet you and see your little face!!!