Last Wednesday, James and I embarked on our first solo flight – to visit his God parents, and our very good friends Amy and Ben and their little one David. They moved to Dayton, Ohio last July. I was planning to write a post before we went, expressing my fear of traveling solo with James. I am happy to report that it wasn’t nearly as bad as I had feared. I was grateful that I brought the umbrella stroller for the airport, as my original plan was to go with just the bjorn, which would’ve been crippling – literally.
We had a wonderful time. It was so much fun to see David (age 2 1/2) interact with James (almost 8 months). They were so excited to see each other, especially each morning. Everyone should squeal with delight greeting their buddy in their pjs!
David is due to be a big brother in August so in some small way, this was his trial run, though I imagine when his little sibling doesn’t go home after a few days, and doesn’t have a designated adult to whisk him/her away when he/she gets crabby, grabby, or slobbery another crumb cruncher will be less enthralling. We managed to prove that James is a sturdy little fellow too!
I think the most fun part of the trip was my birthday as Amy and Ben were caught unaware. It was hilarious (to me). Our day started with stroller strength – which was an excellent way to start my 37th year, and has me wishing I could find something like it at home. We also grocery shopped and hung out. It was a perfect day. I was with great friends, enjoying a beautiful day. About 8pm Amy went to upload onto her blog a video I had taken on David singing zip-a-dee-doo-dah and she clicked over to check out Que sera, Sarah while waiting. As soon as I saw the picture on her computer screen, I knew the jig was up. And she was furious in a fun kind of way at me, and Chris too for not providing a heads up! Off she scurried to the kitchen to make brownies. So we celebrated with sangria and brownies – not a bad way to end the day.
Friday we hit another park and hiked a mile or so to see a waterfall. That gave me the opportunity to test drive the Bob jogging stroller, which I now understand why they are so beloved. Not that I will ever jog, but think of them as the all terrain vehicle of the baby set. It also gave David an opportunity to splash in the water and check out a frog or two. Plus Chris arrived in the wee hours of Friday night.
Saturday, Sunday and Monday were fun and relaxed. More time outside in the fantastic 75-80 degree sunshine with good friends, just being. We also had the opportunity to check out Ben’s new church on Sunday, St. George’s Dayton and to hear him preach, which I miss.
It was a great trip. It was also nice to have Chris on the flight home as I was kind of exhausted. I hate for James to wake up our hosts so where at home I might let him fuss for a few minutes when he wakes in the night until he settles himself, on the road I scoop him up and feed him back to sleep while praying not to form bad habits in the process. Basically it s quiet at all costs. So of course, by Sunday night he finally got back on schedule (feedings around 11:30 and 4) just in time to come home and get messed up all over!
Finally, here a a couple of bonus pictures, just cause they’re cute.