We read Farthing this month and since our meeting reminder was in Farthing Set language, I dressed as close as I could to it. I didn't take the tea, which was just as well. Long skirts and purses are really pains to deal with. I don't know why companies don't put pockets in skirts! Our new parents and Tess showed up partway through and we all kept finding ourselves talking about the baby as much as the book.
We opted for dinner at Olive Garden, where we had to wait for about 30 minutes and I snitched an extra chair to sit in while we waited. I don't know if this is a formal agreement, but Tess' mom did all the feeding (expressed breast milk -- she has to go back to her job) and Dad did all the diapering. We were, as usual, having about three conversations at once, with only seven speaking people in the group, and that's always interesting to follow. We finally got our table with this sling thing for the baby seat to go in and since they have pumpkin cheesecake already, I had the salmon and steamed broccoli for dinner (which was very good) and then the cheesecake, which is why I go to Olive Garden in the fall.
Everybody kept making faces at Tess; she's so cute and she has lots of dark hair. She only cries a little, and then only when she's hungry or needs changing, but her parents told us they'll be up at 2am. I'd brought my camera because I'd been told she was coming and took a picture with her and her grandparents (our group's fan/librarian leader and husband) and then asked Jay to take my picture on the way out where the lighting is better, because I rarely dress up this much. They suggested I hold Tess, but I don't hold valuable things because I drop them, so her dad held her up by me:
Cute, isn't she?