Last week [week seven!] Lucas and I embarked on a cross country journey to visit my family in Seattle. Prior to Lucas being born, M and I decided that this was a trip that needed to happen sooner rather than later [we didn't want to wait until Christmas to take him home & introduce him to everyone] so after he was born, we booked a ticket. Unfortunately, M wasn't able to come with us, so Lucas & I took off solo.
Traveling cross country with an eight week old was definitely an interesting experience. Fortunately for me, I have an amazing kid who did SO FREAKING WELL on all flights. The only time he fussed was during takeoff [when the cabin is pressurizing] and once when he dropped a major deuce just as they closed the the doors on the plane, therefore not allowing me to change his diaper for approximately 30 minutes. I'm pretty sure NOBODY was happy about that! But aside from that, he either slept or he coo'ed and ahh'ed at our neighbors, which made me so happy.
The trip was beyond great. It was so wonderful for my whole family to meet Lucas and spend some time with him. My sister was able to take the whole week off, which meant Lucas got plenty of quality Aunt Aimie time. My mom is in love with being a grandma, and my grandparents were ecstatic to meet their first great-grand child. Seeing my grandparents with Lucas just melted my heart. Even my brother was loving having some baby time. It truly was fabulous all around. More often than not, I had to beg to have my baby back, as he got passed around from family member to family member. He was wonderful through it all, loving all the attention and hamming it up. He is defintely his father's son, as M loves being the center of attention as well :)
|Lucas and his Great Grandparents. Such a wonderful moment!|
|Aunt Aimie with feeding duties!|
|Lucas & Grandma!|
On top of it all, I also was glad to get out of the South and back to the Northwest for a while. While being down here has gotten easier over the years, I still get homesick for the West Coast. So any time I get to spend back there is wonderful and refreshing for me. It gave me the Oompfh that I need to make it until Christmas, when we head back that direction again as a whole family.
|The view from my mom's house at Alki Beach. Love it so much!|
As far as Lucas and his development, he has grown leaps and bounds the past couple of weeks. We had his two month checkup a little bit early [due to a screw up on the appt scheduler's part] only to find out that our little guy is up to THIRTEEN POUNDS. I couldn't believe it, but can all at the same time. This guy loves to eat and is consistently on the high end of what his daily intake should be, if not exceeding it from time to time. You can definitely tell in his face & legs that he is a little chunky, but he is healthy and that's all that matters! He was so skinny at birth because he was so dang long, so having a few baby fat rolls on him are ok. Plus, they are cute :) Who doesn't love a baby double chin??!
He has also become SO VOCAL, the past couple of days especially. He has been making small coo'ing noises for a few weeks now, but the past couple of days he has started to figure out that not only can he make new sounds, but that he can also make them louder and longer. It's adorable and I love, love, love listening to him when he gets going. He loves focusing on a object and just talking to it. It melts my heart.
I have two weeks left of my maternity leave, and I am not ready to go back to work yet. I am taking every opportunity to love on and snuggle with this guy before that day comes. We have an amazing friend who will be watching him for us while we are both at work, so I know he will be in good hands, but part of me is looking forward to returning to my office. Maternity leave has been wonderful, and I will miss my little guy every minute away from him, but I'm ready to be productive again!!