Sunday, June 3, 2012

14 Months, Trip to Ohio and Happy Birthday Pepere

It's been awhile, but what else is new.  I seem to get completely side tracked every month before I realize how much I haven't blogged about.

We just got back from our trip out to Ohio for my father-in-law's 60th birthday celebration over Memorial Day weekend.  Since Felix is older and unwilling to sit in a car seat for very long without getting irate, we decided to split the trip into two days and and stay overnight in PA.  The total trip is about 11-12 hours depending on how many stops you make.  We made it to Washington, PA before we stopped for the night, which was only about 3.5 hours from our destination.  Everything went great, we get Felix to sleep in his pack n' play and I had just sneaked my way to the bed when we heard banging on a nearby door and "HOUSEKEEPING....SOMEONE ORDER CHEESEBURGERS," and a battery of screams from about 6 different kids.  Apparently, the family next door thought it was a wonderful time to scream through the hallways and have a feast at 10pm.  Needless to say, Felix woke up with a vengeance.  Scott was able to get him back to sleep eventually and get some sleep himself, but I couldn't relax enough the rest of the night to sleep.  I think we've both decided from now on, unless it's absolutely necessary, we'll be doing the drive in one shot.  

Once we were out in Ohio, the trip was great and it was really nice for Felix to get some quality time with his cousin!  Luckily, Felix and Grayson are on very similar nap and sleep schedules.  However, we did discover Felix is a stress eater.  He ate almost non-stop from the minute we got to Ohio to the minute we left!  

We attended a wonderful dinner for Scott's dad to celebrate his birthday (thanks to Scott's brother, Dan, and his wife, Nicole).  And Scott was able to spend some quality time with his dad and brothers. 

Here's some pictures (and one video) from the weekend.  I wish I had more, but I have found myself taking them less and less lately, which needs to be rectified!

 So happy to be out of the car and running around the hotel room

Thank god for maid service!

Quality time with Grandma

 Boxcar ride around Pepere and Grandma's house

Pepere's surprise dinner

Pepere's semi-surprise birthday celebration

Piano fun 

Playing on Pepere's new patio

 Two and a half hours from home and happy to be taking a break!

Can't wait to see everyone again for Thanksgiving, when we'll get to celebrate our NEW NIECE (Congrats Dan and Nicole!!). 

This little man is now 14 months old (almost 15 months now) and not happy about posing for pictures:

Where's your belly?

He is quite the character.  He had said Dadda (but usually it's Daddy), Ma (very rarely says Momma), Uh oh and Woah.  While we were in Ohio, he picked up on "Doggie" really quickly too.  Since we have returned from Ohio, he has also taken a liking to climbing the stairs (looks like that gate is going to start being used again) and always wants to go outside.  He stands at the back door, knocks and then reaches as high as he can for the door knob (but still can't quite reach it).  He also knows where is belly is (see above), his nose and his head.  He eats almost anything (but is not too big on sweets).  While he's home on the weekends, he takes a solid 2-3 hour nap in the afternoon, but his naps are still all over the place while at daycare. 

We have also made another big transition in the last week.  We got Felix completely off the sippy cups and onto the straw cups (he was still using one soft sippy cup at night).  We also stopped rocking him to sleep.  From Day 1 Felix has been very good at letting us know when he's ready to move onto the next step and this was no different.  We didn't even need to try.  The transition happened in one night.  We now give him his straw cup of milk while we read him a book.  When he's done listening, he closes the book for us (finished or not) and hands us his milk.  We then turn the light off, kiss him goodnight, put him in his crib and leave.  No screaming, no crying.  It takes him about 10 minutes to fall asleep, but he's completely content doing so!

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