I am very grateful for their help. We couldn't do it without them.
Another thing to know about my MIL in particular though is that she loves fun tricks, pictures and traditions. This leads to little love notes sometimes, or other times making your child pose in a doll's dress for tradition, and other often fun little ways she shows her joy of life. I know for a fact that part of Thursday's babysitting involved dressing baby goat up in his Packer gear and adding Viking horns. I just accept these things. They are often funny, hilarious even, and in a way it is the execution too that makes them all the more endearing.
Thursday night Mr. Goat and I crawled into bed after a long day with work, rehearsals, etc. And found this under the covers:
This was obviously left by my MIL. Given that it was in our bed and the title of the book was And Baby Makes Three: The Six Step Plan for Preserving Marital Intimacy and Rekindling Romance after Baby arrives, it seemed clear that my MIL thought we needed to be having more sex. I wasn't sure exactly her point with the book. Had it helped them? Probably not since it was a relatively new book. Was it a joke? Likely but not necessarily.
Either way, Mr. Goat and I laughed and rolled over and went to bed.
End of story in our minds at least.
But then cut to Sunday afternoon. The ILs are up once again to help us with baby goat due to a church event, doctors appointment and concert. Nonchalantly MIL asks if she left anything here on Thursday. Thinking she meant the book, Mr. Goat brings it up and mentions that we found it amusing.
And then she tells us the real reason she got the book: Can you guess?
That's right. She got the book because there was a duck on the cover and there is a running joke about how much baby goat loves ducks, just like my SIL. So she was at a book sale and there was a book vaguely related to babies with a duck on the cover for a $1.
So she gets it and leaves it in our bed.
Because of a Duck.
I'm still giggling about that. I'm a lucky duck, that's for sure.