We had a pretty quiet Memorial Day weekend here. We're on a self-imposed travel ban; we tell ourselves it is because we're going to have a baby any day now but frankly we're really just enjoying spending time at home and getting in a little bit of rest and relaxation after a few months of traveling and/or hosting travelers. We're into crazy stuff now like checking out blockbuster movies, puttering around the house and going to the dentist. Get wild.
So what all did we get up to in Polanco this Memorial Day weekend? Well, Sasha was in hog heaven washing all sort of teeny tiny things: blankets, bibs and booties, and Sergio got down with installing the car seat; Sasha even bit the bullet and packed the hospital bag (yikes!) and we finally programmed the doctor's phone number into our lousy cell phones. Yep, we're getting serious around here.
Which is good cos during last week's doctor's visit we learned that while the little guy has been hanging around upside down like a little baby bat for a few weeks now, he's been making some bold moves in recent days. He's now "well-engaged" and he's definitely done the "drop." We kind of knew that already as Sasha had suddenly developed a pronounced waddle. Still, the doc reassured us that there's no indication that we should expect an early arrival and he believes we'll make it to June -- but that's less than a week away now, at any rate.
The only real hitch we've had in our getting-ready-for-baby planning is arranging for the kid's birth certificate. Have we mentioned that Little Mr. Moreno will be 125% Mexican? That's 100% for being born on Mexican soil and another 25% for all that Mexican heritage he's inheriting from Papa Sergio. So naturally, we've decided to get dual citizenship for our baby. No big deal nowadays in Mexico, but still a few hoops to jump through for both the Mexicans and the Americans. And one of the first steps is to get something called an apostille --- something we failed to realize took some advance planning. Thankfully Sergio's FANTASTIC former coworker Olga in Austin is coming through for us in a big way and trekking down to the Texas Secretary of State Office for us the week before our due date. We really owe her one!
As for the rest of the weekend, Sergio learned that his old McAllen roommate and pal Mariano is now in DF for the summer and doing an internship just up the road from us with Reuters. We were able to meet him for dinner on Saturday where we were enthralled by all kinds of great stories from his journalist days on the Border as well as new stories from his life in grad school at Columbia. And we learned that he's engaged! Hooray for getting married!
Finally, last week Sasha's email box was on fire with the news that Barack Obama was stepping in for the ailing Ted Kennedy as her alma mater's commencement speaker on Sunday.
Thanks to Leigh's tip-off, we were able to eat our Sunday pancakes and watch Obama's speech on a live webcast. The combination of Senator Hopeful himself with Sasha's fond memories of her own College Days made for a pretty sappy-sweet mood here in Mexico City. Not a bad way to feel on a Sunday morning!