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Archive for the month “July, 2010”

Back from the SOUTH

We had a WONDERFUL time down South visiting family and friends, and attending the most gorgeous wedding ever. I will post about our trip more later when I am (hopefully) not so tired.

As for big news: Nathan started to crawl while we were at my family reunion!  He is now pulling himself up to standing and can “walk” if you support his hands for him.

I will also post more about this later.

In the meantime, in light of all of his new developments, I am putting serious thought into his playroom downstairs.  His first birthday is coming up in October and I would like to get him something (a playset?) for indoor play since winters are so cold here.

Crazy Vacation Planning

Today has been absolutely crazy trying to make, adapt, and coordinate everyone’s plans so that I can attend a family reunion in Tylertown.  By some miracle, it all fell into place. (Pats self on back).

The issue was that I will not have a mode of transportation aside from my god-given ones (my feet), nor did I have a car seat, so everything had to be arranged around it. After considering all present and future options (borrow, rent, bring my own) I decided to buy a convertible car seat.  It is being shipped overnight to my Dad’s house where we will be staying first.

So…my plans look something like this:

Thursday I arrive in BR to stay with my dad.  We will visit my Grandfather and Aunt while we are there.  Back at my dad’s, we are having a dinner to celebrate my birthday on Friday.  Saturday I am riding with my brother & family to my Aunt’s house in tylerown for Reunion.  After the reunion, I am riding with my cousin to Hattiesburg to my sister-in-laws house.  Sunday: Riding with my mom-n-law to Vicksburg where C will join us after his bachelor’s weekend.  Thursday we go back to BR to the hotel for the Wedding (whoo hoo!) and Monday we fly back.

I will have everything I need for the week for Nathan which I already had shipped to my dad’s last week. My mom-in-law has diapers and extra sippy cups among other things ready for Nathan.  All the places we are staying have arranged to have high-chairs and pack-in-plays for him to sleep in. I have TONS of stuff to pack, so I am getting creative and minimizing where I can.  For example, I am putting bath & body products into my old mommy’s milk storage bottles.  They are sturdy, capped, can be labeled, and I have plenty of them.  The only item I wish I could do without but can’t is my hairdryer/diffuser.  I have curly hair, the South is wicked humid, and so if I do not plan on looking like Mrs. frizzie-frizzazle then I am stuck toting the gigantic necessity along. Another issue is the baggage allowance.  Usually C and I combine some of our luggage together to prevent paying over-the-limit weight charges but we can’t do this since he needs to be able to grab his luggage and go once we land.  I havn’t found a way around this as of yet. I will figure something out between now and then.

In the meantime, I am trying to wrap things up around the house.  Getting laundry done, the house cleaned, old food tossed or stored otherwise for when we get back. I also need to wash out the trashcans/diaper pail too so that we don’t return home to Mystery Molds and their lovely odors filling up our house.

I also have to mutt-proof our home so that the dogs don’t ruin everything.  The litter box must be completely cleaned out.  I need to go to the store and make sure I have plenty of pet food/litter set out for the pet-sitter.  Finally, I’ll need to meet with her to make sure she knows where everything is.

I still need to go shoe shopping to find some suitable shoes to wear to the wedding.  (Yes, we went last weekend but I didn’t find anything and totally got caught up in Gymboree’s fantastic sale and ran out of time).

Anyhow…looks like Nathan is up form his nap so I need to get going….

July 4th

We had a busy weekend so we didn’t really plan anything for the fourth. However, because of our house sitting on top of a small mountain, we had a spectacular view of the horizon and got to see plenty of beautiful fireworks.  At its peak, I scooped up Nathan and brought him out on our porch to see them.  At first, he wasn’t sure what to think and was more than startled at all of the sounds.  So we made a big deal out of them and clapped and cheered and smiled to reassure him that the sounds are not going to hurt him.  After that, he fully enjoyed watching them with us!

FYI: I finally updated his nursery pictures! Check out his “nursery” page.

Random

It has been quite awhile since I last wrote in my blog.  Lots of things have been going on, but I just haven’t gotten around to posting about them.

Toofies: Nathan has 8 teeth now!

Development: He is also THISCLOSE to crawling.  He is also super-curious and his penchant for taking things apart has grown even more.  Drawers, doors, tiles, toys, puzzles, shoes, bath tub stopper, floor air vents, rugs, blow-up pool, diapers, envelopes, bags, and some other things I cannot recall at the moment happen to be the current objects of his taking-things-apart obsession.  The minute he even suspects that said object can be manipulate somehow, he becomes intensely focused on figuring it out as the rest of the known world fades from his awareness.  If I remove him from his activity (illicit or otherwise), he will return with a furry, completely absorbed with his desire to learn everything he can about it.  It’s annoying and a little promising.  It’s slightly alarming, pride-inspiring, and definitely anxiety provoking as I am beginning to realize that total house baby-proofing is in my very near future.

An oh-no-he-did-not moment: I sat Mr. Nathan on the floor along with a few toys while I put some clothes in the washer.  Little man (our dog) wondered over with his yellow rubber squeaky chew toy and proceeded to lay down with it near Nathan.  Five minutes later, I returned to the room to see Nathan and Lil man engaged in a tug-of-war with the toy clamped securely between their respective sets of teeth.  When in Rome….(well you get the idea). 🙂

While, yes, I thought the situation (a dog toy in his mouth!) was totally icky, I also know that kids eat dirt and kiss frogs.  I found it to be shamelessly hilarious.

Travel plans: I have been going over and over my packing list trying to narrow it down to necessities and also deciding what I need on my carry-on while following all of the airport TSA rules. (Do 4 oz formula increments or buy bottled water? Ugh). I already ordered everything Nathan needs (diapers, food, formula, wipes, a few toys, bath stuff) from Diapers.com (free shipping) and had it shipped to my dad’s.  Doing it this way frees up a ton of space in my luggage and also eliminates wasting time at the grocery store (more time with family).  I have decided not to bring a stroller and instead opted for our fabulous bella carrier.  The reasons are because the stroller is an extra item to lug around, forces us to use the elevator, theres no guarantee that he’ll even stay in it, it’s another item to wait on between flights, and because it may very well get broken by careless baggage handlers.  So we are carrying him along with a personal item (my camera/computer backpack) and carry-on (diaper bag).  I feel a little more confident this time around because Nathan and I flew solo when he was 7 weeks old on 7 different flights.

We will be heading South in about a week.  I am so looking forward to it.  We have tons of things planned. Since C has to attend a bachelors party the first weekend we arrive, I will be staying with my Dad along with Nathan.  I’m excited because my brother and some extended family members will be there to help me celebrate my twenty (mumbles incoherently) birthday!

Saturday I will be hitching a ride from BR to HB to go and stay at my sister-in-laws house.  She is expecting my niece in 12+ weeks, so I am looking forward to catching up on all things baby-related.  I *might* get a chance to take a few maternity pictures with my brand new d300 (squeals!).

Sunday, I will probably meet with friends and/or family and go out to eat with them.

Monday C is going to drag himself on over to HB after the bachelors party/weekend, more than likely with a headache from too much…um…”sun” as he likes to call it. 😉

Then we’re heading up to VB until we leave for the hotel Thursday along with the rest of the extended family for the wedding, which is going to be TONS of fun!  We always have a great time and there is always plenty of margaritas and wine to go around.  I just hope that none of us have too much…um…”sun” before the Big Day Saturday! Lol.

One more thought….the wedding is going to be at a plantation. A gorgeous plantation, and I will have my camera.  Nathan will have his cute dress outfits….hmm….a think I see a photography shoot in the makings! 🙂


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