A Lovely Family Weekend

Julia and I got back last night from a very lovely family weekend in Baltimore!  Traveling with her was much easier than I had anticipated, thanks in large part to the Ergo Baby Carrier.  I was able to wear her in the Ergo, which left my hands free to fold up the car seat and stroller, and gave me a place to put the diaper bag.  On the flight to Baltimore, the flight was only about 1/3 full so I was able to bring the carseat on the plane with us and Julia took a nice nap in the carseat.  On the flight back, the plane was completely full but there was a big group of 8th graders sitting near us and they kept Julia entertained for much of the flight.  She also took a nice long nap in my arms!

Here she was having tummy time at the airport in New Orleans before we boarded our plane!photo

Julia got some good bonding time with her Grandma and Grandpa, and she got to meet a bunch of new family members she hadn’t met before, including my Uncle Neil & Aunt Karen and cousins Rachel and David.  She already met Aunt Lynda (over New Years) but got to see her again, as well.  As you can see, we got some great photos of everyone hanging out with the Baby!  We had a couple of nice meals all together, and it was nice to have some time with just my parents. image_1

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We also got a chance to check out a baby store in Baltimore’s Hampden neighborhood called Soft & Cozy Baby.  One thing I’m looking forward to is being in a city that’s a little more politically liberal and that’s hopefully a bit more embracing of breastfeeding!  We did take this funny picture while we were eating lunch at Faidley’s: image_2

Faidley’s is a great (I don’t really want to call it a restaurant) food stand (?) at Lexington Market, where you can find the best crab cakes in Baltimore.  They are literally the size of softballs.  And for Ken (since he keeps kosher), he’s able to get their coddies, which are like crab cakes only they’re made out of Cod.  I hear they’re delicious!

I was a little nervous to see how Julia would sleep last night in her crib after sleeping in bed with me at the hotel for the previous three nights but she didn’t do too badly… I’m sure that within a couple of days she’ll be back into the swing of things with her sleeping schedule.  We’ve just got to be consistent.

Luckily this week Ken is on clinics, so hopefully we’ll have some time to spend together as a family this week before he goes and works in the ICU for a month.  It’s hard to believe that our time in New Orleans is coming to an end in just a few more weeks!  But before then there is much to be done and much fun to be had!

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