So, instead, let's just play catch up!
|...and enjoying the |
Mia's birthday and birthday party went swimmingly. If less is more than we certainly scored on that front. For now, park playdates doubling as birthday parties are a big win in mine and Greg's book. It was minimal upkeep while still providing fun, some outdoor activities in the FL sun, and the chance for parents to mingle while their kids burned off some steam.
We met several of ours and Mia's friends at the park on Saturday morning, decorated the covered (and tiny) pavilion area, and went for it. Mia's really been into Hello Kitty lately, so her cupcakes--which, I tried my best, but they still melted a bit--were decorated with a little HK flair. Our other sides were grapes, cheese, crackers, and chips & salsa. Can't really go wrong there.
It's kind of crazy that on the very same day we celebrated our munchkin's 3rd birthday with lots of her friends, Gabe & I packed up to head northward to Indiana. We flew out early Saturday evening with a nonstop flight into IND. Thankfully, Gabe did super well on the flight and even had he not, we sat next to two soon-to-be grandparents who were pleasantly more than thrilled to sit next to a mom and baby. The guy even motioned to his wife, and said, "Honey, do you want to sit here next to the baby?" Not usually the response you get on a plane.
|Gabe chilling at Mia's party|
Being in Indiana was good. It was good to see family, extended and immediate, and remember Mamaw's life. Rediscovering your roots is a little bit grounding, so it was helpful for me in a way to get out of my normal zone and think about other things -- some important things -- while I had the chance. I get so easily caught in my own life, even though it's not all that complicated, that although it came in the form of a death, I was thankful for a "reprieve." I also find it comforting that even at a time of loss, we're still encouraged and still inspired. Call it the circle of life or just call it God, but having that helped me move on.
|Gabe at the TPA airport|
|Landed! at the IND airport waiting for Uncle J|
|Gabe hanging in his "chair" at M & PJ's|
|Mommo's fav: Gabe falling asleep on her at the luncheon post-funeral|
|resting with Mommy in Indiana|
|Who can resist a baby post-bath!?|
|Hang time with Uncle J|
|Touchdown! Back in Tampa/St. Pete|
Since then, it's been back to the grindstone. There are still many days around here that I feel like I'm just staying afloat. Today, both kids fell asleep at a really good time, and despite Gabe's newborn-like antics last night (something's going on), I was only able to konk out for real for about 10-15 minutes. My brain only turned off for so long before it turned back on and said, "Check on the kids." I sort of hate that, but I know it's just a mommy instinct. And they were both fine. I just know overlapping naptimes are not something to take for granted...which is why I'm blogging right now.
|Sleeping, and angry about it|
|Dressing up at a friend's house|
|The man chub who would rather stare at me the other day than nap|
|6 month dr's appt! Bright & early (for mommy) at 9am|
|Morning Business: Coloring & Exersaucing|
That's about as good an update you'll get from me now...
Next time, I'll tell you about how well he was going to sleep on his own in his crib, and then how he stopped. :P