well, I’d say little g’s first trip to cali was a success. we had a really good time and the kid is a charmer! I’m telling you! we both caught something we’re still trying to fight off at the moment… nothing like vacationing with a seriously snotty nose, a cough, and a sore throat. yippee for us! but he was such a trooper. he met a gang of people and just cruised right through it.
he got to see every one of his grandparents. my dad and connie, my mom and abe, john’s dad and patti, john’s mom and norm… I mean it was like grandparent central. and boy, let me tell you. the kid knows how to make people smile. he was chatty kathy. he also got to spend some time with his great grandparents, my nana and papa… nana sure knows how to calm down a baby. I realize she’s got two kids, five grandkids, and eight great-grandkids… but seriously, she’s got skills! he also got to spend some time with a couple of uncles and one of his aunts. my stepbrothers, kyle and blake… we nicknamed blake the “baby whisperer”… all he had to do was pick baby g up and he was content. he’s gonna be a great dad one day. kyle is going through the broody teenage thing (he mentioned to me a couple of times he’ll be 17 in July… I thought he just turned 16! silly me.)… heather, my sister, got to meet baby g for the first time. she told me a funny story. I went over to granny’s to get the car keys and I was over there for a while (we always get started talking…) little g stayed with heather and nana… heather said he started crying and she didn’t know what to do… nana walked over and went, “lalalala…” and g looked at her and cracked a half smile… like I said, she’s got skills :)… the biggest thing for me, grayson got to meet and spend time with his great great grandma, my granny. I’ve wanted him to meet her since before he was born. she’s had some health issues over the past couple of years, so to be honest, I wasn’t sure he’d get to meet her… for me, it was a wish come true. she’s been such a huge influence on my life and to have her hold and cuddle my baby… I can’t even describe it. seriously uhmazing.
so, it was a long… very eventful week. I got maybe three – four hours of sleep a day if I was lucky… which made for a slightly grouchy mama, but I think I pulled it off. being sicko didn’t help either. I must’ve called the peed three times for baby g. they basically told me if he didn’t have a fever and he was eating, we just had to ride the wave sucking the snot out of his nose along the way. joy. he’s still snotty today, but we’re working it out. :)
the first couple of days were spent with john’s dad and stepmom. they were so much fun. he pretty much slept through their visit. he finally had his eyes open and was interactive the second day they were here. we went to my dad’s house to hang out and he had his eyes open and was kicking his legs and making coos at everyone. I was happy because they kept saying how much they wanted to see his eyes. not to mention, we found out where the little kink in grayson’s ears came from… chris! john’s dad has the same exact ears. way too adorable for words. patti was redonkulously excited. the first night they were there… we went to house of beef (my granny worked there years ago)… and she was introducing everyone there to her first grandchild… I could’ve died. she was so proud. it made my day. when they left on thursday, I wasn’t ready. I can’t wait to see them again…
my dad and connie got to hang out with us quite a bit. which was nice, because the last couple of times I’ve been out to california I haven’t been able to hang out with my dad. not to mention, I feel like I finally got to know connie… and she’s definitely a keeper. she’s got grandma written all over her. I think my dad hit the nail on the head… she reminds me of nana… and she was a super grandma… so g-man is a lucky little thing.
john’s mom and stepdad came up for only a couple of hours on sunday. which was nuts because they had a 4-5 hour drive from lake almanor to my dad’s house. but they wanted to. grandpa norm had yet to meet little g so I think that made it worth the trip :). I could see how proud they were too, which made me even more sad john had to miss it. I don’t think he realizes just how happy everyone is about our little man because he hasn’t gotten to see it for himself. but they had a good time… and it was awesome to see them.
my mom and abe met me and little g in sacto for a little breakfast and a impromptu shopping trip to goore’s in carmichael. it was super fun. I think my mom was surprised she got to see us (as I had told her she wasn’t going to)… and abe hadn’t met him yet, so he was super stoked. it was hard to leave, as it was only a couple of hours… but I’m glad we went, because I think they needed to see him… 3000 miles is a long way.
my grandparents got to hog us the most. we stayed there. which was nice because nana and I are both night owls so we stayed up late and watched home movies, talked, laughed… it was such a breath of fresh air. I needed it. I feel like every time I stay out there, I get to know nana more… which I think is practically impossible seeing as I spent every weekend and summer out there for half of my life. but I spent a lot of that time at granny’s house. they used to call her guard granny… because she would let me sleep late and not let anyone through the door of her house. she’s funny. I love her. papa was funny this trip too. he said he wasn’t good with babies… and I had to put a load of diapers in the wash (yep, traveled with cloth! not as bad as I thought it would be! thank god rockin’ green ships! :)) and grayson started to cry. they were really dirty diapers so I kept throwing them in (had to take the inserts out)… and when I came out he was half asleep on papas shoulder… papa saying, ” oh it’s okay grayson…” I wish I could have caught it on video. not good with babies? pheff!
to tell you the truth, we didn’t do anything out of the ordinary. nothing exciting to tell… but it was food for my soul I think. to be able to share my little one. MINE. with so many people that I love was out of this world. it was a trip I will never forget. and the kid travels like a rock star… so I’m sure we’ll be doing it again. I’m happy to be home, because I missed john terribly… and my baby pooches… but I already miss california and all of our family. it easy to forget what life is like when you live close to family. for the first time in a long time, I really wish we did. part of me thinks we’ll be back someday… but I don’t want to get my hopes up too far… and trips like this make up for it, even if just a little. (pics to follow :))