Don’t get me wrong, having Stella in our lives is its own kind of fun and joy and happiness, but last night is the first time I have truly felt like me since … well, since before I got pregnant.
On a whim, Charlie and I joined a local slow pitch, co-ed softball league this summer. Our team is made up of random people from around town, and we play in a league in the next town over (10 miles away). Last night after work, Nana and Papa came to our house to watch Stells for us, and five of us piled into our car and headed up to play our first game at 6:30. The game ended up starting late and running late, so instead of being home by 8pm in time to put Stella down for bed, we ended up not even finishing playing until 8:30 and getting home around 9pm, which means it was the 2nd time in her life that I haven’t been there for bedtime.
That made me a little sad, but luckily, somewhere in the middle of drinking cold beers on the bench, having a couple of great hits, turning a double play, and heckling our teammates, I thought wow, this is the most fun I’ve had in a very, very long time.
Our team consists of a hodge podge of people who haven’t ever all practiced together or played together, and we literally didn’t even know what positions people were going to play in until we walked onto the field. Fortunately, everyone has at least a basic knowledge of the game and is fairly athletic, so even though we were playing against the reigning champs from last year, we hung in there! By the top of the 7th (normally they are 7 inning games in this league), we were up by 4… then we had an oopsie play in the bottom of the 7th that allowed them to catch up, and in the 8th we fell apart. Oops. We ended up losing the game, but WOW was it fun.
When we got home at 9pm, Stella was in bed, so we grabbed the baby monitor and a couple of chicken breasts and headed next door to our teammate’s house where everyone was cooking a late dinner. After a few more drinks and some delicious food, we headed home and had a great night’s sleep.
I cannot wait for the next game. 🙂