My Lovely, Active Little Girl,
You are changing so much, every single week. I can hardly believe how quickly the weeks are flying by! You are just starting to give us a little giggle here and there, and we absolutely love it.
The biggest thing that happened this past week was that you took your first vacation and airplane ride! (Four airplane rides, actually.) You did great, only fussing on one of the landings. For the most part, we did pretty well at timing things so that you were nursing or sleeping, so your ears didn’t seem to bother you too much. You were a charmer on the flights – smiling and “talking” with everyone around us. We got many compliments on what a sweet baby you were. We always agreed. 🙂 Since we missed a connection and got stuck in the airport on the way home for hours and hours longer than anticipated, we all kind of hit a brick wall of exhaustion and fussiness on the way home, but overall, you were the perfect travel companion. Now if you could only learn how to fit all of your stuff into a carry on. 😉
|Yes, we live in a small town area where we actually walk on the tarmac to board the plane. 🙂|
You got to take your first airplane rides because we spent Friday through Monday up at NanaMama Julie & Grandpa Elmo’s house in Minnesota. It was a busy, busy weekend full of family and friends – it was so fun to get to introduce you to everyone! The house had no fewer than 15 people in it at all times…and that’s just the people that were sleeping there!
When we first arrived in Minneapolis on Friday, our first stop was to visit your Great Great Aunt Elie. You were actually due to be born on her 90th birthday, by the way! She was SO incredibly excited to meet you. Thanks to Great Grandpa Gene, she was one of the very first people to know about your existence in this world, and she made sure to make you one of her famous Elie blankets. She also was the keeper of the baptismal gown for many, many years, and she wrote us a beautiful little note about your baptism. Her Faith in God is so inspiring.
That night we got to NanaMama and Grandpa’s house, and your aunts and uncles fawned over you all night. Your aunts and uncles and grandparents all adored spending the weekend cuddling and loving on you. You were definitely the life of the party…well, until you fell asleep and we all stayed up playing cards and laughing. You were often the topic of conversation anyway. 🙂
On Saturday, two of Mommy’s best friends in the world came to visit with their husbands and kiddos so that they could meet you. It’s so crazy thinking about how much our lives have changed since we all started hanging out years ago. I hope you grow to think of their kids as cousins of sorts someday!
On Sunday, it was time for your baptism. It was a wonderful service, filled with all of your Daddy’s favorite hymns (In the Garden, Blessed Assurance, and Jesus Loves Me), plus your Auntie Emma and Grandpa Elmo sang Forever Young by Bob Dylan to start the service. It was beautiful!
Your baptism was the first part of the service, and you were a little fussy, but not bad. Then, oh then… you projectile vomited as I held you facing the congregation. I instinctively reached out my hand in a futile effort to catch it. That got a good laugh out of everyone!
After the service, 50+ people came out for Sunday Dinner (the noon meal in MN) at NanaMama and Grandpa’s house. It was so touching to see how many people wanted to meet you and support you in your Faith!
All in all, it was an absolutely wonderful weekend with the Minnesota family. We were all exhausted by the time we made it home to Colorado though, and you’ve been napping non-stop every since. Can’t say I blame ya!
Love you so much, my child.