It's 2 days before Thanksgiving, in other words, the day I'd been dreading for the last 7 months and a cab rolls up to the house. It's time to see what all this traveling with baby fuss is about. So we grabbed our mammoth suitcase, the pack n' play, the diaper bag, the car seat, the stroller & Jake and all piled into the cab to make our way to the airport. We were on our way to Benicia where, as Jonathan likes to say, the other side resides. That being Aunt Joyce, Uncle Ron, Cousins Rhonda, David, Danny, Ryan, Dylan & Austin, Grandma JoAnn & Aunt Kat. Amazingly, the airport/flying experience was actually not as scary as I had imagined aside from all the "oh crap, a baby" glares we received from the other passengers. Once we got to the airport & checked everything in but the baby, his stroller & diaper bag it was cake. Okay, the security point was no walk in the park but aside from standing there on the heels of my bare feet it was totally bearable. The best part was our new found pre-boarding perk.
Once we finally got there Jake had no problem wooing the family. He was his usual charming self complete with moonbeam eyes and porno lips. He got to try turkey & even received a baby doll compliments of Aunt Joyce. I think she gave it to him just to get a rise out of Jonathan. He's still stewing over that.
All was pretty much golden. That is, until the sun went down. Jake didn't take to the pack n' play (his bed) as well as I had hoped. After night number 3, I was convinced that if I searched hard enough I'd find a 3 sixes birthmark somewhere on his head. I can understand though, taking in all those new faces and loud voices must have been overwhelming. I had a few moments myself where I wanted to scream. Overall he was a trooper. The best part for us was we got grandma to babysit Friday while we went wine tasting in Napa. mmmm wine (Homer Simpson moment). We are thankful for all these things and that we now have this wonderful little guy added to this wacky family of ours (shmaltzy waltzy moment).
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