That's all great news. Like others have said, the door has been opened, just be ready for HIM to unload a few burdens as well. Always remember that this meeting is for your sake, even if he has a tale to tell. You did say it was for mutual healing...
Women...yes, they are complicated creatures. The "monthly thing" is stil a bit of a mystery to me. I know it is supposed to be worst in the third week. Still, I'm always caught by surprise when my loving wife becomes a shrew during this time. After it passes, she has said before, "How can you stand to be around me when I can't even stand myself?" I just smile at her.