Monday, November 12, 2012

Liam's 1st Hurricane

The last week in October, we flew to the East Coast to visit our friends in Delaware!  Liam had done so well on our flights to and from Salt Lake City; however, our flight to Philly was 5+ hours so I was still a little nervous about it.  I like to think that Conor & I pack rather light, but with a baby there is really no such thing!  We had: Conor's work bag (laptop, etc.), diaper bag, pack 'n play, car seat, Conor's suitcase, & my suitcase (huge since Liam's stuff goes in mine!)  You should see us walking through an airport before we check our bags.  I will have to get a picture of that next time.  :-)  As many of you know, I tend to have terrible luck when it comes to flying... almost every flight I'm on is delayed or has maintenance issues.  Our flight there was no exception!  The worst part was they didn't realize our plane had issues until we were on the tarmac, so we sat on the plane a good extra hour before taking off, grrr.  So we ended up being on that plane for close to 7 hours, eek!  Luckily Liam was a champ and slept for most of the flight on Dad's lap!

Our time in Delaware was just amazing!  Fall is one of the best times of the year to be on the East Coast; the trees were so colorful, it made me miss living there a little bit!  The 1st half of our trip we stayed with our friends the Koellhoffers!  During our stay, we had delicious food and even better drinks!  Of course, I kept my drinking in check since I'm breastfeeding the little man! :-)  We usually play a lot of games with Steve & Jessica, but that can be harder to accomplish now that we're busy with Liam.  Lucky for us, he took an extra long nap while we played a game of Pinochle.  Conor & I won, whoo hoo!  We also had the chance to see our friends the McAllister's who came up from Maryland and our friends Jen & Holt.  Most of these people we hadn't seen in 2 years so it was very exciting!

Unfortunately, Liam had a little bit of a tough time during our trip.  The 3 hour time change made putting him to bed at a decent hour difficult, and he had started teething even more!  He was much fussier than usual which made me so sad.  He's also started to be so much more aware of his surroundings and sometimes has a difficult time nursing if there is just too much excitement going on.  I had to take him to a quiet, dark room just to nurse him sometimes.  However, he was still the most adorable little boy ever!

The day before we left, the news was really starting to talk about Hurricane Sandy and its potential impact on the East Coast.  To be honest, I wasn't too worried about it.  Panic mode didn't hit me until Sunday....the day before the hurricane was supposed to hit!  I woke up thinking: do we have enough diapers (since we were traveling I was using disposables instead of cloth)? Should I wash his clothes in case we're stuck here without water? Are trees going to fall on the house and crush us?  I quickly became a protective Mama!

The 2nd half of our trip (and where we spent Hurricane Sandy) was with my best friend on the East Coast Alison & her boyfriend Pete!  They live in an old brick townhouse which has withstood many a storm.  I felt like we were gonna be pretty safe there; no big trees to worry about, and we were protected by houses on either side of us.  In preparation, we bought food to make some yummy meals even if the power went out and a ridiculous amount of alcohol since we were gonna be cozied up inside for a few days.  We also filled the bath tub with water, just in case.  Liam found his happy place in their papasan where he took many many naps!

Luckily, where we were in Delaware was not hit by Hurricane Sandy too bad.  There was plenty of wind & rain, but we never lost power.  We were beginning to think that the hurricane was not a bad as predicted until we started watching the news.  It was incredibly sad to see how hard areas very close to us were hit.  We were definitely lucky to be in a safe & cozy house that night.  We were supposed to fly out Tuesday morning, but our flights were cancelled twice.  We were eventually rebooked and flew out Wednesday night, Halloween! 

Unfortunately, I don't have any super cute pictures of Liam dressed up for Halloween...we missed the holiday completely due to our trip being extended.  I had all these big plans of sewing him his 1st Halloween costume and passing out candy for the first time in our new house.  I wanted to carve pumpkins together...I even bought a little one just for Liam.  But we were so busy with this trip and our impending move (more on this later) that Halloween just got lost in the mix.  At least the house was decorated, and I had purchased Liam the book Goodnight Goon!  I felt like such a bad mom and that I had failed his 1st holiday, even though he won't remember it! :'(  With how much I love all holidays, this was very upsetting for me.  I will not be dropping the ball on Thanksgiving & Christmas, trust me!

On another note, Liam has become quite the traveler!  At only 3 months old he has already visited 6 states; I can't wait to keep growing that list!  Preferably when he'll remember his visits!  :-)
1. Washington
2. Idaho
3. Montana
4. Utah
5. Pennsylvania
6. Delaware

We were sad to leave our friends in Delaware, but will hopefully visiting again soon!  I can't let another two years go by before we see everyone again!  I was terrible about taking pictures... but hopefully I'll start improving on that as we head into the holidays as well.  I'm going to start taking more videos too, stay tuned!  Here's an adorable one of Alison & Liam in their matching stripes!  If only Ali was in a romper too!

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