We went to a dinner party last night hosted by a good friend of my MILs. The host partly threw the party just for us because all my MILs friends were dying to see Maya. The last time they saw her was over a year ago when she was still a crawler.
I have to say that I enjoyed myself a lot. A little surprising because I was expecting to feel a little awkward and left out (they all speak to each other in Arabic unless I am there. *English only speaker here*). On the contrary, I felt very much welcome, like how I feel when I am amongst my aunts, and of course, the food was phenomenal -- I ate way too much. But even if I had felt awkward, I'd have enjoyed myself just seeing how much they all loved Maya.
When we arrived there, Maya was a little overwhelmed (new faces and new place) so she had a few minutes of crying and needing some time in Mama's arms. But it did not take her long to warm up, and by the end of the night, she was giving everyone kisses and singing and running around quite content.
They also gave her a bunch of belated birthday presents, spaced out throughout the evening so she wouldn't be bored (can you tell they are all grandmothers?) -- totally unexpected and very sweet. One of the presents is apparently the loudest toy ever created... so naturally, Maya loves it! In fact, she is playing with it right now...
All I can say is, thank God for duct tape... the best parent tool ever created.