Happy Anniversary to my Love! (A few weeks late)

Tonight, almost 4 weeks late, Ken & I are finally going out to celebrate our anniversary!  Our actual anniversary is on July 5th, but because we had just started our new jobs and had not yet received our first pay checks (and because Ken was on call!), we decided it was wise to put off any celebrations until we were both paid.  We also decided it would be nicer to go out and celebrate without bringing the baby with us, which meant we had to find a babysitter!  We love Julia and love taking her out to eat at very family friendly places, but we decided it would be fun to go somewhere a little special.  So tonight, we are going to Petit Louis Bistro, a very classic French restaurant in Roland Park!  We used to go there for special occasions when we lived in Baltimore back in the day.  I’m looking forward to getting dressed up and having a special night out just the two of us!  Maybe we’ll even go out for a romantic glass of wine afterward… ooohh la la!

Our babysitter for tonight is a girl, named Geena, who is going to be a senior at Hopkins.  She’s also a Kappa and we met her through the Chabad House at Hopkins.  Hopefully tonight Julia will go to sleep before Geena even comes over and she’ll be able to just read, watch TV, and relax.

Lately, we’ve had a really great bedtime routine with Julia… around 6:15 or 6:30 we feed her dinner (which these days consists of usually a jar of baby food as well as some pieces of whatever we are eating–last night she had a jar of baby food and some pieces of beef, carrots and potatoes from the beef stew I made).  Then when she starts to show signs that she’s getting sleepy (usually around 7 o’clock), we take her upstairs for her bath, then we’ll read her a story or two, and then she nurses mostly to sleep and goes in her crib.  Usually she goes right to sleep.  On a “bad” night she’ll cry for maybe 15-20 minutes before going to sleep.  These days she generally sleeps through the night and wakes up sometime between 5:30 and 6:30.  Once a week she wakes up in the middle of the night to nurse or because she has a poopy diaper, but usually she just sleeps right through till morning! Julia after bath

Ken and Julia reading Pat the Bunny

Saturday we are leaving on a jet plane for a family trip to San Francisco!  We will be there for a whole week and we are very excited to see lots of friends and family while we are in town.  This will be Julia’s 4th Plane trip already, and she’s not even 10 months old!  I don’t want to jinx anything by saying that so far, flying with her has been relatively easy.  She nurses during take-off and landing, she usually sleeps for a bit while we’re in the air, and she’s generally happy to play for a bit on my lap.   This time we will probably also take a jar or two of baby food with us so that we can feed her some solids on the plane (though that might mean having to bring several extra changes of clothing as well in case she gets food everywhere!) and we’ll probably be taking several walks up and down the aisle of the plane to let her smile and wave at everybody, look out the window and distract her from the boredom of sitting on a plane for hours at a time.  I’m also planning on bringing my breast pump this time, along with a couple of bottles of breast milk, in the hopes that we can go out and about on our own for a little while in San Francisco and leave Julia with my parents for some Julia & Grandma/Grandpa bonding time!  I’ve heard that some of the TSA Agents make you take the breast milk out and sniff it or taste it to prove to them that it’s not explosive but hopefully that’s just a rumor and they’ll just let it through without any issues.  This time I’m a little nervous about flying with Julia because she’s much more active and vocal, so I’m hoping she doesn’t disturb people too much but I just have to remember that chances are we won’t know anybody on the plane and most of the people on the plane we will never have to see again so it’s not the end of the world.  Also, most people are generally pretty tolerant of babies, and especially cute ones like ours!  The one thing I am a little worried about is that the 3-hour time change is going to throw things off and that it will be hard to get back into a good routine with bedtime.  I think the most important thing is just that we stay as consistent as possible, and hopefully she’ll just adapt!

When we come back from our trip, Julia has just one more week at her current daycare and then we are switching her to a different daycare where she will (hopefully) be for the long run (at least until we move out of Baltimore or move her to a preschool).  Here she was at daycare the other day eating some cheesepuffs:Julia eating cheesepuffs

And I have one last IMPORTANT thing to mention…

remember a few months ago when we entered that contest through Parents Magazine to have Julia chosen as the Kid of the Week?  Well… we didn’t win.  But, we entered the contest again this week and as of this morning she was in 7th place!  With your help and vote, she might be in 1st place by the end of the week!  You can vote once a day every day this week, and the contest ends on Sunday.  So PLEASE cast your vote using this link:

http://www.parents.com/photos/kid-of-the-week/2013-07-29/102vo

and vote for Julia!  This is the picture we submitted this time: Julia at wedding in instagram

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