Posts Tagged ‘vacation

09
Jul
13

Back From the Desert

The mounds of laundry are washed but not put away, work has been returned to, and our EI letters arrived yesterday.

Back to reality…

We had an amazing week. D travelled amazingly well for a 1 and few months year old that’s been mostly isolated for much of that time. We got a lot of eyebrow raises about his size at his age of 16 months, but also a lot of compliments on his mellow ‘tude.

There was the first plane ride, first gummi worms, first hike on mama’s back, and first swim. We had a blast.

The final word on EI is that he does qualify for gross motor and a speech delay. Gross motor is the walking issues, and he’s not progressing on the ‘typical’ speech path apparently. Our next meeting is to review our daily routines and concerns at the end of this week.

Sadly, the county we were staying in AZ had a tragic loss of 19 firefighters. Thank you to these brave men and their loved ones. It’s a beautiful savage country out there.

Our Grand Canyon day, it was 98 degrees at the top of the south rim and a balmy 145 at the bottom. Hiking down Bright Angel was discouraged that day. (Especially for plump easterners)!

I did have some elevation sickness. That’s what happens when a bred below sea level Louisiana girl goes up to 10000 ft.

I’m relieved about EI and relieved to be home!

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Trying to push the attendant light

 

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Swim gear! Red Headed fair skinned people need lots of coverup-ing in AZ

 

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Hiking, 5 ft from the GC. Also, ignore the fact that I still look pregnant. wtf

 

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Views, kinda obscured by smog and smoke, but still amazing in person

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Montezuma’s Castle

 

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Mom chasing adventurous son, I felt an amazing kinship with this mini Native American mama after trying to keep D off the condo stairs all week.

 

 

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27
Jun
13

Vacation

We are going on our first family vacation! We still have not heard from EI about D’s results, and we should probably save our savings. But…sometimes you just have to go for it and live life, right?

We’re all very excited for this week away. Slightly less excited about the plane flight with a 16 month old. 

We’re heading to Arizona and the Grand Canyon. I’m sure we’ll have lots of interesting adventures and beautiful pictures to share when we get back.

I am going to try my best not to worry over delays and therapy, and just enjoy my little family and the fact that we made it this far. 

This time last year we were going through 23/7 bracing and worried over his hernia, and I really was not doing well. There were a lot of sleepless nights and tears as I tried to process his prematurity and my body’s failure. I wish I had taken the time to get help, but I am thankful to be feeling so much better this year. 

We leave tomorrow, and get back next Friday, so we’ll be on “internet silence”. Enjoy the summer, ya’ll! 

04
Jun
13

Grandparents & Aunt Visit: First MLB Game

Nana, Papa & Aunt Amy came to town for a visit! Our first adventure was Drake’s first MLB baseball game on the Sunday before Memorial Day at Great American Ball Park. We had View box level seats  along the right field foul line with a gorgeous view of the stadium and the Memorial weekend boats on the Ohio River.

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Stealing Daddy’s seat!

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Learning to cheer with Aunt Amy!

 

 

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GABP view screen and bleachers

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View from our seats in right field

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First game certificate! I love this. We decided to go to the game because my mom grew up in Chicagoland, and she and I are lifelong Cubbie fans. We even have a brick at Wrigley! Drake’s Daddy is a Cincinnatian though and grew up in the Pete Rose Big Red Machine era. It’s a fun rivalry in our house. (Also the Cubs won in extra innings, woo!)

 

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The Beach Boys and John Stamos played a concert after the game.

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And we ended the day with some Olive Garden and Drake’s first work of art that didn’t involve eating the crayon!

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It was an awesome day. Drake tolerated being out all day much better than I expected from an RSV isolated preemie dude. He even took his nap snuggled in the stands. We did take it easy on Memorial Day and stick close to home though.

It’s so hard living in Kentucky with my family in Texas and Louisiana. Thank God for Facetime and good visits.




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