I had really planned on blogging sooner, but you get what you get and you’ll like it!
Nathan’s meet and greet went awesome. Jenni Pell came and held Nathan for a bit, but he was having none of it! Eventually many many more people came! Nathan got to meet my friends Pat, Donovan, CJ, Donovan and CJ’s daughter Charlotte (so cute!), David, Travis, Denise, Josh, Lindsey (that’s probably spelled wrong, sorry!), Josh and Lindsey’s kiddo Logan (he has the hair of an angel! So curly! So awesome!). He also got to meet my parents friends Ann and Dean although they are really my friends too! On the relative side, he met Sam, Henna, Ghaz and FINALLY MET GRANDPA GEOFF! That’s right, he hadn’t actually seen my dad yet. He also got to see Sara and Erika again and my mom FINALLY got to hold him for the first time. It was so good to be able to finally make all of that happen. There was a funny moment when I asked Nathan if he wanted Pat to hold him, and then immediately shoved Nathan into Pat’s arms. Pat isn’t immediately comfortable with small kids, but you can tell he’ll be a great dad some day.
A few days later, Nathan also met my dad’s mother, so we’re talking GENERATIONS here people.
Also big thanks to Sam and my Aunt Kim for babysitting Nathan so that Nikki and I could go out to dinner with my parents and Sara and Erika! That meant the world to me, you don’t get a whole lot of chances like that, so thank you!
For a 4 month old, Nathan did REALLY well on our super long car trip. For a trip that normally takes between 18 and 20 hours, it wound up taking about 25 total. Having a kid who needs to stop every 2 hours to be changed and fed makes things take a BIT longer, but if he wasn’t hungry he hardly screamed or squirmed at all. I am so so blessed to have such a good kiddo. Big ups to Nikki for mostly staying back there with him and keeping him company. I know that helped him quite a lot!
As for the other reason for the trip, it was the annual cottage trip. This was the year the families were there so it was WAY different for a while. Instead of it being Donovan, Pat and I up at Pat’s cottage it was Nikki, me, Donovan, CJ, Charlotte, David, Pat and Nicole. We left Nathan at my parents to get a little break. What can I say, dude is needy and sometimes you gotta take a step back. After a few days, the womenfolk (and David) left and it was back to normal cottage times with Donovan, Pat and me. We went kayaking which was fun, I’ll throw some pictures up in the photo album later. After a few days, eventually Nikki and Nathan joined us at the cottage so Nathan could get a little lake breeze. Sadly, a MASSIVE HEAT WAVE was coming through so we wound up getting a hotel room for Nikki and Nathan to stay in since there was no AC and we didn’t want Nathan to have to deal with the 108 degree heat.
We left the cottage on Friday so we could drive back over 3 days which wound up being SO much better. We drove from Oscoda, MI to Swartz Creek, MI. Then from Swartz Creek we drove to Michigan City, IN where we stopped for the night. We stayed at a hotel that wasn’t really anything special, it got the job done. The next morning we left Michigan City and drove all the way to Springfield, MO. We stayed the night at a Days Inn there that was just phenomenal. Nick at the front desk was one of the friendliest people I’ve ever met and the room was SUPER cheap and SUPER spacious compared to where we were the night before. Then, on Sunday we got HOME! It was weird being home after 2 weeks being gone, but comfy too.
My parents said they are going to try to come down in October or so, so that will be nice. It’s hard to travel with a little one, but this time next year he’ll be bigger so we’ll have all new problems and challenges. I can’t WAIT!