One step in front of the other…

30 07 2008

I’ve been in denial.  For about two or three weeks now…I’ve been in denial.  Drew is walking – but I am just not ready for it.  I can’t believe it. Where has my baby gone??  Most of the time when we’re at home, he just cruises around from one piece of furniture to another, but two weeks ago while at play group, he stood up and walk over to me across my friend’s living room.  All the other moms jumped up and said, “Oh my gosh, he’s walking!”  I just grabbed him and hugged him as he lunged into my arms.  The child wears a size 5 shoe, has ten teeth, and now he’s walking.  Where has my baby gone…

My Royal Throne and Sanctuary

23 07 2008

One of my favorite moments of the day is when I lay my sleepy little monster down, pat his head, close the door, sigh a peaceful sigh…and head to my bathroom.  Oh, the joy of being able to use the facilities at my own pace, in peace and quiet without fear of finding trauma or destruction when I do finally emerge.  The stress of the day melts away as the “great throne” supports my weary body.  I find all the time in the world to do luxurious things like brush my teeth, wash my face, and ignore the fact that the bathroom needs to be cleaned again.  Ahh, the after-baby-hours in the bathroom – what bliss! 😉


6 07 2008

Why is it that when I put Drew to bed at 7pm he will automatically sleep through until 7am, but if I put him to bed at 7:30pm, he will wake up at 6:30am?  Just something I was wondering…at 6:32am this morning…

Baby Traveling Chronicles #2: Breaking the Sound Barrier

5 07 2008

My sister has a large and, ummm, gregarious family.  😉 I love going there for the company and entertainment (as well as for my sister’s amazing food 🙂 ) But, poor Baby Drew, is used to being at home with just Mom and Dad in a relatively calm and quiet household.   Boy did he get the shock of his life when that fun airplane trip landed him in a totally new and crazy place in NY.  My sister joked that he was going to be thrown into bootcamp. For the first few days, it took me at least an hour to get him to sleep for naps and bedtime, and then he would still sometimes awaken a while later from the strange smells and sounds that were all around him.  He always had this horrific expression on his face when he woke up like he was thinking, “Oh no, I’m still here!”  To make matters worse (his sleeping that is), we had lots of family coming in and out to visit, and he was being greeted by new faces everyday.  The poor little guy had a few meltdowns – he didn’t know what to do.

Eventually, he began to get used to it all though.  And by the end of the week, he was going to bed fairly easily and sleeping through door slams, chattering kids, and big family gatherings.  And now that we’re back in FL, I’ve decided that I am going to put all of my future kids (Lord willing) through my sister’s family bootcamp. 🙂  Drew has been consistently sleeping 12 hours every night (he has never done that), and yesterday, he napped through Dr. Daddy drilling and hammering the new baby gate at the top of the stairs, and went to bed without a peep despite several neighbors setting off their own personal firework displays.  I am amazed – and wonderfully well rested.  😉 Thanks to Big Sis’s Baby Bootcamp.

Baby Traveling Chronicles #1:Airplane Superstar

3 07 2008

Drew and I are just recently back from a week long vacation to visit family in Albany, NY – oh so much fodder for blogging, and oh so little time. So, this post is dedicated to the two traveling days there and back. All I have to say is “All hail Southwest! All hail the Travelmate! And way to go, Drew!” I’ve never flown Southwest before, and with the recent rash of airline debacles and hardships played out on the news I was very concerned about flying, especially with a stranger-phobic 10 month old. But, despite two delays (caused by weather), the trip went very smoothly, much of that thanks to how well Southwest took care of everything. Flight attendants helped me with baby and baggage and the flight crew moved us on to our destination as quickly as humanly possible.

Second words of praise go to the Travelmate by GoGoKidz. It’s an attachment that puts wheels onto your carseat. I was able to load Drew into his seat and wheel him through the airport with ease. I just checked it at the gate whenever the flight was too full for his seat, and it was there for us when we got off. Drew loved it – he thought he was a king on a roller coaster or something.

Finally, I have to brag on my unpredictable little superstar. This was his first plane ride, and based on recent behavior, I wasn’t very hopeful. The child fusses at everyone that walks through our front door, and balks at most new environments, unless he’s glued to me, of course. Well, he was close to angelic the entire time.

On the way there, the flight was not full on either leg, so I was able to bring his carseat onto the plane without paying for a seat (a trick I highly recommend if you can swing it). He smiled, laughed, played, ate Cheerios. He was great! He only fussed twice – the first time was when I had to change his diaper on a blanket on the floor of the back of the plane (no changing table in the bathroom 😕 ) but hey, who can blame him on that one. And the second time was during the last hour of the flight – he was just done with the whole trip, and, honestly, so was I.

On the way home, he suddenly became Mr. Social Butterfly. The flight attendants couldn’t keep their hands off him, and he was eating up all the attention. I just kept looking at him and saying, “Who are you??” He certainly did not resemble my son. He only fussed briefly before falling asleep, in the most awkward position possible, for his nap, and then at the end of the flight, everyone was crowding around him saying how perfect he was and trying to tickle him…then, he started bawling. I guess he’s just too humble to handle so much praise – he obviously gets that from his mother 😉 .