Saturday, July 15, 2006

Visiting Aunt Heidi

At 4pm today, Liam and I hit the road to go up to Layton. I was leary to take him for a 90 minute drive by myself because I couldn't sit in the back if he started to cry. (Note: I don't leave the house with Liam unless Ian can chaperone. I am serious. I don't go anywhere without my husband except work, but then Liam doesn't go to work with me. Visit Mrs. Poopydigs and you'll see I have this same posted phobia.) We had bought a portable DVD player at Sam's Club last week for our plane trip to Indiana at the end of the month. I introduced Baby Einstein and the DVD player to Liam this week. He loved both! (The DVD player, a little too much. He thought we bought him his own laptop as he is always after my laptop each time I work. So he drools all over "his DVD player" and sits on it, etc. if I let him).

Anyway, I strapped the DVD player up in the back seat so he could watch his Baby Einstein video all the way to Layton. (Without being able to reach it, so the player was safe.) What a lifesaver! He did so great!

My sister, Heidi, lives in Boise, but she does her Air Force Reserves weekends in Layton. So we met her at our friend, Lindsey's house. [And] It's Lindsey's 30th birthday today, so we watched her kiddos while she and her hubby went out for sushi and a movie. We ordered pizza and hung out with the kids. While we ate, Heidi told them we could go to the park when they were done eating... I was thinking, "taking 4 kids and my baby to the park is really NOT what I want to do..." But we did it and it was fun and I of course took a bunch of photos!


Liam was so tired, but he seemed to enjoy getting in the dirt and exploring new things like wood chip mulch stuff... he even crawled to the under side of the slide and rubbed the back of his head on it and came out with a HUGE dirt smudge. I had to bathe him and change his clothes before we drove home. (Note to self: Not everybody buys tear free soap for their kids. Be more careful with Liam's eyes next time.)

He slept all the way home, and he's still sleeping now... Ahhhh...

{You can click on the photos to enlarge.}

8 comments:

Katie said...

Good job Gina! This was more than a a baby step for you and Liam. You're doing great!

Nikkie said...

I'm glad that you survived your trip out with Liam by yourself! I have the same issue of going out with Boo by myself, I haven't been brave enough to do it just yet!

Mrs. Chicky said...

Glad to hear that your trip went so well. Now that you've got the DVD player you need to get out more with your son by yourself. Really. Its good for you both.

btw, love the smudge on the back of the head.

Nicole said...

That trip to the park might have been lots of work, but I betcha those kids had a blast!!! Great job all round!!

Angel Baby said...

It's so nice when they sleep in the car!! I love the peace I feel (even in traffic) when Annabelle is out cold in the backseat.

I learned the same lesson about tear free shampoo... it was awful!! (Never use any burts bees stuff if you're worried about it. I got some in Annabelle's eye and she had hives all over from a reaction to their "natural" products.)

PS Did you try the mother's milk tea? That stuff works wonders!!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

Before you know it, you'll be going everywhere with that litte guy. I'm the same way- I'll pull over if Gray's crying, but it's also helpful to have my older boys help entertain him, too. P.S. I checked out your Myspace page and your photos are so beautiful!

Poopydigs said...

Okay, so I've GOT to try the DVD thing. Ella is enthralled by Baby Einstein and it might be able to give us 30 minutes of uninterrupted driving time. Hmmm...

itybtyfrog said...

DVD players are the best for long trips. We will be loving ours on our 6 hour drive this weekend! Glad you got to visit with your sister when she came to UT. Cute park pics.