First Weekend Away

Last weekend was the first weekend we were away from Parker for any extended period of time.

His grandparents  graciously offered to keep him for a weekend. It was extremely difficult ‘letting go’ of him for the first time. For first-time parents, the prospect of someone else getting him to sleep, feeding him, picking him up when he cries, etc. is a little nervewracking, even if at the hands of experienced grandparents.

But it was good for us and good for him. We spent a lot of time together, got to go to the Ohio State game on Saturday, and stayed up late watching bad horror movies. He got to spend time one-on-one with his grandparents, go trick-or-treating with his cousins, and just get some time away from his parents.

He was, apparently, an angel the entire time. Sleeping through the night, keeping fussing to a minimum, all that good stuff. Speaking of sleeping through the night, Parker has been sleeping consistently 8-10 hours straight for over a week now. We’ve finally put him into a routine that seems to maximize his and our energy and happiness.

He’s growing like a weed, wearing only 3-6 month clothes now, moved up a size in diapers, smiling, talking, and laughing even more. He spends more hours awake, likes taking a long nap during the day, and several small cat naps. At 9 o’clock he wants to be in his crib.

The holiday season approaches and we look forward to spending our first one with him. It’s hard to believe that it’s been nearly a year since we found out we were pregnant, and now we’re about to spend our first Thanksgiving and Christmas with him. We might even put up the tree later this week.

But, as always, things are good in the family. Enjoying every day we have.

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