making the rounds
This is kind of a photo dump, in an attempt to get caught up with blogging (and, let’s be honest: I can barely remember what happened yesterday, much less a month ago…). You’ve been forewarned. 🙂
In January, we made an impromptu trip to New Jersey to visit with Jason’s family. Jason’s sweet, sweet uncle Jim passed away and we felt like we needed to be with family during such a sad time. Of course, baby snuggling is always good for grieving people, so we made sure to pass Lilly when we could.
Lil was AMAZING during the 12-hour each-way road trip. AMAZING. Like she maybe cried twice, I think? This makes us so incredibly happy because as long as she continues to be happy in the car, we can continue to bring her to visit family. (Once it gets to be too stressful, I’m just going to insist that family comes to us! 🙂 ) This also makes our grand vacation dreams seem more feasible.
We spent a lot of time with family, playing and laughing with cousins. Lilly seems to love watching the other kids, and they are all so, so sweet with her.
Lil had a weird gunky eye thing while we were there (that’s why her eye is red and puffy in the above photo). It quickly cleared up, though.
Here is my baby straining to see the tv:
I find this both cute (look at her hand on her cousin’s shoulder!) and disturbing (how does she know to pay that much attention to the tv?).
The 5 cousins are a pretty cute bunch together. Also, I am so in awe of anyone who can manage to snap a good photo of 5 kiddos looking at the camera and smiling. This is a feat that I have not yet managed.
We brought the dogs with us (as usual), and the kids totally wore them out (as usual).
Lilly and I made a somewhat impromptu trip to Milwaukee to visit with my family a few weeks ago… She’s started to have a little bit of stranger anxiety, although maybe shyness is a better word than anxiety? She clearly knows who her mama is (YES!) and she also knows her dad, and Ms Tara, her daycare provider. But she took a minute to warm up to the rest of my family. Fortunately, once she warmed up, she was good for the rest of the weekend – smiling and giggling and talking and pulling hair.
As you’ll see from these pictures, we played pass-the-baby pretty much all weekend. So many family members to adore Lil, so little time!
Probably the hardest part of our travels is trying to maintain Lil’s regular nap and bedtime schedule… she is such a little charmer when she gets enough sleep. She’s still great when short on sleep, but just a taaaaad whiney-er. I just want everyone to get the absolute best of my baby, especially when visits aren’t frequent… and it’s hard to explain to people sometimes that the baby needs sleep NOW. And it’s hard to explain to the baby that she needs sleep NOW – she’s usually so excited to see new people (especially kids) that it’s impossible to convince her that it’s bedtime.
Also, the amount of gear I pack for just a weekend, even when bringing “only the necessities” is insane.
All-in-all, we had really great visits with family, and as always, they were too short. I’ve probably said this before, but it does make me a little sad that Lilly won’t live as close to her grandparents as I did. We’re looking forward to our next visits with them, and we’ve got a busy summer of graduations, weddings, and first birthday parties to use as good excuses for more visits!