We are just getting home from celebrating the holidays with my family on the East Coast! It was quite the trip. We were gone for ten days and split some time between Washington DC, where Adam has an office, and my family’s home in the West Virginia mountains. These Californians were COLD, that’s for sure!
We had a great time exploring DC with my parents for a day before heading to the mountains. Unfortunately, Grayson came down with his first ear infection, as well as a cold, and it was pretty tough. He was in so much pain laying flat in his travel crib and would only sleep on my chest for moments at a time before screaming again. It was the hardest few days of parenting (in my opinion) so far, and it made me feel extra thankful that he is such a healthy boy overall, despite the cold and ear infection.
Thankfully, we got in to see a pediatrician and got an antibiotic to take care of the infection before flying home. Poor guy. It broke my heart to see him in so much misery.
After starting antibiotics, however, he seemed to feel better quickly! He was still up all night but at least during the day he seemed happier and generally more well.
It kills me that he looks more like a little boy than a little baby these days! He wore his reindeer sweater from mini boden practically every day.
My parents live close to the glorious Greenbrier so we spent a good chunk of our time there! I love how Christmasy the hotel is at this time of year. We had so much fun just walking the hotel, shopping in the cute kitchen store, and letting Grayson nap in the stroller. Our “christmas photo” above is taken in one of their spectacular great rooms. Makes me feel like I’m on the set of Downton Abbey or something.
Speaking of Downton, it comes back SO SOON. Are you counting down like I am?!?!
We drove back to DC the day after Christmas and flew out early back to San Francisco. I’m so thankful that our flight coming home was MUCH easier than our flight going. I was able to nurse him on both ascent and descent to help keep his ears open (I tried doing that on our earlier flight but he was screaming so much in pain from his ear infection that he wouldn’t nurse – it was horrible). We rolled up to our little house at 9am on Saturday morning and pretty much collapsed into bed immediately. It’s taken a few days now but we are all recovering from our colds and Grayson is finally back to his normal sleeping schedule. In my experience, it takes three days to get babies back on their current time zone/schedule/routine…and that was definitely the case with us.
I feel so thankful today for my little family and our good health. This was the last year we are traveling for the holidays, as we want to start making our own family traditions at home. I think that is really important, especially as our family grows (no, I am definitely NOT pregnant).
It was wonderful to spend time with my mom and dad, soak up some good mountain air, and share Grayson with his grandparents! It was a hard trip with sickness and lack of sleep, but a great trip all the same. I am working on his 7 month update – time is going by so quickly now!