1. A mid day walk around my great aunt and uncle’s Maryland neighborhood after being in the car for most of the day before was very pleasant.
2. A rough first night away from home. Baby woke up around 1 am and after I fed her and tried to lay her back in the pack n play she just cried. I let her cry for a few minutes, but didn’t want her to keep my relatives awake, so I thought maybe she’d asleep in bed with me. It worked for about two minutes, then her head was up and she was feeling my face and looking over at S. He made the mistake of saying something and then she was ready to play. I stood up with her and she fell back to sleep, but anytime I tried to lay down or sit down she’d pop awake again. It was a long night until around 5 am when she woke and was fighting to get out of my arms. I didn’t know what to do with her and I was exhausted, so I popped her back in the pack n play and crawled into bed and she was asleep in just a few minutes. I should have done that sooner.
3. A lovely wedding of S’s cousin. The wedding was outdoors at 5. It was warm, but not uncomfortable. The reception was inside and we were served the best food I’ve had at a wedding yet. I had grilled salmon with a mango salsa, mashed potatoes, and vegetables. The sundae bar was fun, and the live band was loud, but good.
4. Watching Baby’s eyes get heavier and heavier during the reception. We had her in a booster seat at first, but she was getting so tired and antsy that I put her in the front carrier. The music lulled her to sleep for a while.
5. A slow song was finally played a little before we left, so S and I made our way onto the dance floor and danced with Baby sandwiched between us.
6. Weddings do bring back memories of ours. I think the worst part was waiting in the basement for the ceremony to begin, but then it was all excitement. One of my favorite things about being married is that we never have to tear ourselves away to go home, because we belong together now.
7. A lunch out at a Greek restaurant with S’s parents and siblings and a nice visit with his aunt and uncle in the afternoon.
8. We stashed baby’s pack n play behind the couch in our hotel so she wouldn’t see us and would be able to fall asleep. It worked, although we had to keep the lights off even though we weren’t ready for bed.
9. Spending a morning and lunchtime with a friend I haven’t seen since 2012 and getting to introduce her to S and Baby. ‘How did you end up with him? He’s normal!’
10. Then getting to spend the afternoon, night, and half of Sunday with some very dear friends who I consider to be my second family. They met S before we were married, but Baby was new to them. And for a delightful surprise, one of their daughters and her family moved in a few houses down from them so I got to reconnect and laugh with her like we used to. She’s had two more kids since I last saw her in 2010, and she had three then. I feel at home there and I hope we’ll make it back down before another four years goes by. I miss the deeper talks with them all and always feel like I can be honest with them.
11. Laughing last night with our friends over some of the things that S and I had to adjust to after we got married, both funny things and hard things.
12. Baby really has handled this trip so well. We’ve been in the car a lot and she’s had times that she’s been inconsolable in her car seat, but she’s also managed to nap in it better than she used to. She’s met so many new people and has started acting shy, looking at someone when they’re talking to her, then ducking her head away, then peeking back at the person. I feel like she’s wanted to cling to me a little more than usual, and she’s probably going to be very happy to get home, as well S and I.