06 April 2011

Meeting Loads of Fam and Hangin with the Ladies

First of all:
2 of my dear friends, Lisa and Lindsey, had babies 2 and 3 weeks after I did. Both sweet girls. We get together and put our babies in a clump. Hmm, can you guess which baby is the ticking time bomb of the clump? I must be his mother because I think he's cute even when he's screaming.

Second of all:
We sped our booties to Vegas last weekend so Jude could meet his grandparents, his Reynolds cousins, and his Jex cousins. I never gave much thought to how fun it would be to watch my son be so loved and adored by his extended family, but believe me, it warmed my heart to a boiling puddle. He didn't have a second without someone cooing over him, and we watched Conference and played at the park and talked and the kids played Angry Birds. So fun.


Love Love

Love Love Love

High School Musical came on tv.

Love Love Love Love

Love Love Love Love Love

Third of all:
We got back Sunday night after 8 hours in the car. Geez, this roadtrip was all shades of horrible. On the way there we made good time, but J hates the carseat. HATES IT. He screamed for 2 hours straight. I didn't know he had it in him. We fed him bottles as we drove, too, so he was not hungry. He just hates that piece of Britax like a Rihanna song. Then we got there and he slept for 5 hours straight, totally wiped out.

The way home was worse. He did end up sleeping for a while in the car, but traffic was awful, and when we would come to a stop Juju would wake up and commence to scream the scream. I was so happy that the agricultural inspection could slow us down for miles and wake up my poor baby all so they could wave us through. Does anyone else turn into a sweaty, heart racing mess when your baby is screaming and you know you can't do anything for him because you're in a traffic jam on the I-15? Buh. I don't want to do that again until he's old enough to take Benadryl. There are a few other unsavory anecdotes but I'll spare the internet and you.

Fourth of all:

McOmber cousins were in San Diego on Monday and I hauled me and baby to see them! This time when I started buckling my baby in Jude was like, "Oh, this thing again? Whatever. Goodnight." He slept pretty much the whole way there. Relief! I don't have any pictures (alas!), but my dear cousins, aunt, and uncle and I lazed about in a beautiful villa and chatted. In the order of families sticking together through thick and thin, we all shared in the experience of J's first blow-out diaper. I do mean blow-out. Margaret even rinsed his onesie and put it in a ziplock for me. That's love.

And now Jude has gone from meeting 0 members of his extended family to meeting about 30. I love it. We are so very lucky to have each other.

P.S. When I'm standing up now, even when I'm not holding J, I sway from left to right, left to right.

And 2 pictures in parting: My favorite things. His big blues and the lips that ate Texas.


chayes said...

I miss you all! It was so fun to see you and to finally get to meet my newest grand child! I especially like the picture of Jude's face. He is so cute!

S.A.R. said...

i want a turn to meet jude!

Rolph Family said...

Oh he is darling! And I love reading your posts, they are thoroughly entertaining and the whole time I am thinking YES that's how I feel! Newborns are great. :)

Aly said...

Jude is so so adorable! And Merzy you look great! I loved reading all about your adventures of being a mommy- it's good prep for andrew and I :)

Carrie said...

I love those last two pictures of his darling baby face. And you've done a great job reminding me of all the wonderful things that come along with a newborn.

And the answer is, YES I totally got all sweaty and panicky when my baby was screaming and I was driving. But he only did it for like... a year. And then I could turn him around and life got better. And around 16 months he discovered trucks and the car trips have been pretty much blissful ever since.