we’ve been in our new town for a couple of weeks now. fortunately, there was significantly less trauma in the past few days than our family had previously been experiencing. while I’m still processing and sad about my Grandma Dee’s passing, this past week has been quiet and calm.
it’s been nice.
R has gotten into a work flow, which he’s excited about. we always hit a time in the summer when we’re both ready for a schedule and typical rhythm, so the fact that school is starting so soon is nice. he has had “real-deal, professional” meetings with other professors, he’s in the midst of finalizing class details, and has his new faculty orientation next week.
yeah, he’s big stuff.
S is enjoying her new city. we signed her up for preschool, to which she is BEYOND excited about. I knew she’d love it, and prepped her before we interviewed there that we were not staying for the day; that I hadn’t officially signed her up, so we couldn’t stay with the teacher & kids; that we’d eventually come back.
let’s just say, it did no good.
she threw a bit of a fit on the way out, and pouted in the lobby while I talked with the director. she really lost it when she saw those same kids going outside to play on a bouncy castle, and run in the water.
she’s ready for some serious socialization, let me tell ya!
I’m excited for her to go. they have a math & reading curriculum that they work in daily; they play outside, offer dance & karate [among other things], go on field trips, feed her lunch, and send her home. it’ll be great for her.
shoot. it’ll be great for me, too, if we’re all being honest here.
baby G is doing awesome! this kid is stinkin’ adorable, let me tell you. now that we’re home, settled, in a routine, and figured out that he was basically starving for the first few weeks of his life, he’s good. I don’t think I wrote about this earlier, but two days before we were leaving for Charleston, I was beyond frustrated. he wasn’t sleeping well [still]; every time he finished nursing, he was still crying; you could barely interact with him because all he would do was cry & fuss. I was by myself with the two kids, and freaking out as to how I would travel with him when he was this upset.
after thinking/talking it through with some friends and R, I began to consider the idea that he was still hungry. apparently, all the time. I decided to give him a 2 oz bottle, thinking we’ll test this hypothesis.
I have never seen a baby eat that fast in all my life. ever.
ever since then, I’ve been nursing him first and then offering a bit of a bottle afterward. he takes a full feeding every time, and then some. so, long story short, he was fussy and mad and crying for all those weeks because he was a hungry baby. fortunately we figured it out soon enough, and there seems to be little to no damage done.
he is killer now. he’s on an official three hour schedule, and as of last night, sleeping through the night. while that was exciting, we’ll give it a bit more time to see if it sticks. but given that for the last three months, I’ve never had more than 5 hours of sleep at a time, last night was awesome.
I took the kids to the pool a couple of days ago – S loved it. she’s got some arm floaties, so she was all bold and brave, headed out into deeper water than I was excited to let her into. mostly, it was because I was there with G by myself, and wasn’t sure how I would rescue her, if need be. all my worrying was for naught, though. she listened, helped me with G, and wanted to come back soon. she had a blast, as did he. they both seem to be li’l water babies. given their current geographic location, that would be a good thing.
we headed to the local county park yesterday. it, too, was incredible. they had an awesome playground area for the kids, and ton of walking/biking trails. we actually got a little lost and turned out when we needed to head back. it probably doesn’t help that both R or I are a little navigationally challenged, but in our defense – the trails go far back, there weren’t markers, and it was getting dark. we’re heading back there when we’ve got more light in the day. it’s also a camping site, so that’s something to consider for the future.
in other news, my mother-in-law is headed this way tomorrow! she typically vacations in Florida with some friends, and they’re taking a jaunt northward to see us here. S has NO idea she’s coming here – I’m thinking she’ll be pretty stoked about it. we’ll have some beach time, visit our favorite crab shack, and show off our new digs. we had other exciting news recently: my lovely sister, M, is pregnant! they’re expecting #2 in March, rather near R and my brother-in-laws shared birthday – can the Milner/English family go for a third on the 27th?! stay tuned! I’m building a photo gallery at the moment – it’s no where near done, but I did get some photos up today. I’m excited about where it’ll go. it’s nice, too, to be surrounded by family.
we’re enjoying our time here. I won’t lie; it doesn’t quite feel like home. it’s a nice city, we’re enjoying the weather and all it offers. but, Kansas City still has the hold of hometown. I’m sure as time goes on, it’ll feel more real and concrete that this is home. I’ll let that happen organically; in the meantime, I’m enjoying the summer with these three awesome people in my family, and going to soak up some more time at the beach!