Hanging with #1

I hung out with #1. She invited my boyfriend, my 5 year old bonus daughter and I to go on a hike with her and her daughter (my 16 year old). I had fun! She was very nice and gracious. It is clear that she wants to get to know me and is taking her time, giving both of us the mental space to get used to the other. I love how she's not rushing a relationship and that there's mutual respect between us. We both know the irresponsible beast that my boyfriend was in his youth and neither of us are trying to prove anything to the other. I think she's a phenomenal mother and the fact that she isn't trying to push herself into my relationship and family, counterintuitively makes me want to welcome her into my fold. This is something I wish #3 understood. Perhaps this can only be learned by life experience as #1 is about 7 years older than I, and I am 8 years older than #3.

#1 is known to be a talker, a characteristic that she's well aware of. She can fill a silence with ease! I loved listening to what she had to say, even though I found it hilariously difficult to get a word in edgewise. She is definitely making me feel optimistic about forging ahead with this blended family.

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