Sunday, March 18, 2012

Baybay & Baybee: Week 30

30 weeks old!

On Wednesday afternoon, leaving the car at the airport, we trekked through the windy snow (as quickly as we could, with babies in Ergos and luggage in tow) into the terminal. We made it through security without any trouble, (they even let our bottle of water that we'd forgotten to drink go through!) boarded our plane, and a few hours later, arrived in sunny, warm, Florida!

We spent a week visiting my family and enjoying the sun. This was Maya and Ella's second trip to Florida on an airplane and though they were a lot more active this time on the flight, it was still quite easy to travel with them.

Both girls slept for some of the three-hour trip. Coincidentally, a family that I used to babysit for happened to be next to us in the security line and even on the same plane as us! I had fun walking back a couple rows to visit them and meeting Massimo, their new baby, who is just about Maya and Ella's age!

It was past the girls' usual bed time when we arrived at Mama and Papa's house that evening. Maya went to sleep fairly easily after some hugs, but Ella was wired from the trip and it took us a while to figure out that she was also hungry. Papa fed her some buttercup squash and she settled down shortly after that and went to sleep.

Twin potty break after the drive to Mama and Papa's house from the airport.

Feeding the girls solid food is still new to us but it became more of a daily routine this week. We stopped keeping track of all the different kinds of foods that they had tried because they were eating so many things! Papa was especially excited about feeding the babies. He said that the gusto with which they eat (especially in regards to Ella) reminded him of feeding us when we were little.

Maya tried out Atom's chair and had fun smooshing banana all over everything.

Frozen blueberries in the mesh feeders make for two very happy, sticky, babies.

The weather was very warm most days, so the babies didn't have to wear much clothing and slept for the first time at night without sleep sacks. We had a few really good nights and a couple nights with multiple wake ups. It's really hard to see any pattern with the night time sleep. I've given up on trying to figure out why some nights are better than others. Naps continue to be great, for which I am thankful!

Ella, sound asleep clutching her pacifier.

Maya and Ella got to spend lots of time with their cousins Atom and Trillian. Atom is so big and Trillian is so little! The three girls are all still a little too young to get much out of interactions with each other, but it was fun to see Atom recognize the babies and hand them toys. Probably by the next time we visit and they all see each other, things will be much more interesting. We wish we lived closer to Amber, Scott, Atom and Trillian, because they are all so close in age that it would be nice to watch them grow up together.

Atom liked Maya and Ella's toys that squeak.

Hanging out, playing with toys.

Ella, Maya, Trillian and Atom.

It's always such a treat to spend time with my family. They are easy to be around, nice to talk to, and they live in a beautiful place. We got to go swimming in the lake (Maya and Ella's first time!), take walks, and relax with friends (Roni and her son Bennie visited) and family. It is a big trip to travel down to Florida, but worth it.

I loved how the warm room with the endless pool has been transformed into a greenhouse -- complete with a beautiful papaya tree!

Lots of other pretty plants live in the sun room now.

I was delighted to see all of the butterflies on the bottlebrush tree, in the garden near the outside shower. How wonderful to be able to watch butterflies while taking a shower outside!

Some highlight photos from the week:

Ella balances on Papa's hands.

Maya + Mama cuddles.

"Say cheese!" Grocery shopping with lots of babies.

On the drive to the Saturday farmer's market, Ella fell asleep while holding her toes.

Grandma with both girls.
In this picture, Maya shows off the funny "disgusted smile" that she was making when anyone would look at her. I'm glad that I got a photo of it. She was making this face so much for a few days and then she suddenly stopped. I guess she was just practicing.

Timmy and Atom play on the trampoline.

Brett + Maya + Ella.

Atom takes a nap on the couch on the porch.

Papa with both babies.

Maya gets a ride around the lake on Papa's back.

Grandma gives Ella kisses!

Group shots!

All the girls.

Grandparents with all of the grandbabies.

Everyone together.

Our flight home was Monday evening and we arrived very tired but glad to be back in our house. Here are a few things we learned while traveling with two almost-seven-month-olds:

  1. When babies who are used to napping in sleep sacks suddenly don't, there is a lot of rolling around before the sleeping happens.
  2. When one awake baby rolls on top of the other sleeping baby, it will wake her up. However, when one awake baby sucks on the other sleeping babies' toes, she stays asleep.
  3. If there is another baby on the plane who is screaming, your babies (even if they are a little fussy) seem like the most well-behaved children in the world.
  4. 30,000 ft. in the air doesn't stop Ella from pooping in the toilet and not in her diaper! (twice!)
  5. Even if the state that you just came from was warm, and you say to each other, "It's not very far, how cold could it possibly be?" stop, and think twice about the frigid, windy, night air, and make absolutely certain that you know where the key to the car is BEFORE walking, with two tired little babies and parents who are not dressed for winter, all the way out to the parking lot.

Brett, Maya and Ella make their last preparations before boarding the plane at the Orlando airport. Bye Florida! We'll come back again!

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