There is one particular friend who continually amazes me with her thoughtfulness and generosity. Strangely enough, she is the friend that has the most going on in her life.
I happen to work with this friend, so when I announced that I was pregnant we agreed to set up milestone coffee dates to celebrate the number of days I had left of work until I went on maternity leave. The milestones we set up were at 101 days, 75 days, 50 days, 25 days and then every 5 days until I finish up on the 22nd of January 2010.
At our first coffee milestone, my friend had gotten me a present. Two books - The Disney classic, 101 Dalmations and a book of 101 Quilting Blocks (to compliment the 101 days milestone). While I scolded her for buying me a present, I couldn't help but be touched by her action.
At the 75 day coffee milestone she had gotten me another present (and yes, I did some more scolding). This time it was a laminated poster with 75 things to say to your child to encourage them. I loved it. Rather than putting it away somewhere and forgetting about it, I stuck it up on the inside of the pantry door as soon as I got home and plan on referring to it regularly once the baby is born (and is old enough to understand what I'm actually talking about).
This week we reached the 50 day coffee milestone and yet again, there was another present waiting. This time it was a total of 50 tea bags in the most adorable little tins:
Each tea bag contains really lovely quotes about motherhood or children:
Some of the quotes include:
- "Savor the smiles and laughter of your children - there is nothing more important"
- "People who say they sleep like a baby usually don't have one"
- "The most important thing a father can do for his children is love their mother" (hear, hear!)
- "Don't worry about varicose weins, pantyhose come in purple"