Aaaaand we're off!
laundry is done, Sean is presently cleaning out the fridge, and I
will pack as soon as Ever's awake from her late-night nap. We leave
at 6:30 a.m. and fly and fly and fly until we arrive at my Mom's in
northern Indiana late tomorrow night. We'll be there until the 27th,
then to Florida until the 5th. Thanks, everyone, for the thoughts
and cards and well-wishes! Wish I had the time to make you all cookies....
Safe and Happy Holidays to all of you!
I went to a Lactation
Consultant (who's also an M.D.) and then got twenty more opinions - and
they were all different opinions. In the end - Ever now gets one serving
(about 2 teaspoons) a day of organic all-natural rice cereal mixed with
water or breastmilk. She took to it like gangbusters, I tell ya. She grabbed
the spoon then finally just grabbed the bowl with both hands and brought
it up to her face. By day three she was chewing and swallowing like she
got it. She will still be breastfed as long as I can do it - hopefully
a year but we'll see how it goes. Obviously we'll be adding more foods -
probably in about a month, but I still plan to nurse at night and as needed.
It was a big, heartbreaking step for us. Our baby is growing up.
and I have been tormenting ourselves for a couple weeks now regarding
the introduction to solids for Ever. I planned to nurse exclusively
until 6 months, then start her on avocado and cooked yams. I knew
I wanted to avoid rice since it didn't do much. Apparently that's
why you start with rice. Anyway. The 6 month thing I knew
But this girl - she's so independent. She wants to feed herself
already! She watches us eat and she still doesn't nurse well, so it
was food or formula - and we chose food.
I am currently packing up her 0-3 month sized clothes. Even some of the
3-6 month stuff is too short even though she's only 5 months on the 20th.
She's long and skinny!
We are anxiously awaiting next Friday, when we head to Indiana
to spend Christmas with my Mom's side of the family, then we head to
Myers for New Years with my Dad's side of the family. I am packing for
snow, beach, and baby. We need a giant trunk!
Greatest Commercial Ever Made
Home Again Home Again
The more this guy spoke
to me to more obvious it was that he wanted to tell me what he did for a
living or who he was. He had a flashy expensive smile and kept throwing
out these weird leads. He also said he was going to go to South America
soon to look for a place to retire with his family since he heard it was
a nice place to raise a family (the whole continent?). He kinda looked like
a television evangelist - you know - nice suit, super perfect teeth, really
really nice, and something just so creepy about him although you can't really
put a finger on it. Meanwhile, Ever needed the laps so he just kept talking
to me. No matter how many odd leads he gave me, I didn't ask who he was
or what he did since it was just so obvious that he wanted me to. The invisible
"danger" sign above his head was flashing.
Ever with her Auntie Tori and Nana
to California was great. We had a couple days with Sean's Mom's
family before Sean had to leave Monday, then I stayed until early
Thursday morning. A LOT has changed in Palm Springs/Palm Desert since
we lived there (briefly) in 1998.
Ever was great on all of the flights. On the first flight out, we
flew from Vancouver to Portland on a tiny prop plane - there were
ten people on board including the flight attendant. Once we were up,
I walked Ever up and down the tiny aisle since she wasn't in the mood
to sleep, and a man sitting behind us began to talk to me in short
spurts each time we walked by. He mentioned that he had three kids
and flew with them often. Then he mentioned that he had offices in
London and Tel Aviv. Then he mentioned that he was 37 and retiring
in 29 days.
Once we landed at Portland, we rolled up to our gate where two police cars
and border patrol cars and officers were waiting. We all got out our I.D.s
but they paid us no mind. We were the last to get off the plane except for
this man (he said "No, really, go ahead.") and sure enough, once
we walked past, Sean said "Turn around" and the guy was already
I am SO ANGRY with myself for not asking who he was and
what he did for a living.
Early Thursday morning
Ever and I flew to our 2-day layover in San Jose so we could visit Auntie
Nancy. It was such perfect timing! We crammed as much good stuff as we could
into the visit, including meeting
CatieCake at Starbucks and having many friends over for dinner Thursday
night (and catching up with Virginia),
plus baking cookies, shopping, and some well-deserved long talks. I look
forward to seeing Nancy and the boys again in a few weeks in
Mathew, Sean, Tori, Ryan
and Ryan came up to visit with us for the first couple days, then
Ever & I hung out with Margeret and Mathew (and Margeret's husband
Harry, although he was recuperating from surgery) for the rest of
our visit. Pretty much every time I ate it was mexican food, thankfully,
as it's so hard to find good mexican food up here. Margeret
and I went shopping on a few excursions and got Ever some adorable
clothes and she also got us a Canon video camera (direct to mini DVD)
and once we have the battery fired up we'll try recording some stuff
and posting it on youtube.com. I just got some DVD-RWs today to record
The weather all week was in the 70's and cold at night. Ever did very
well except for a couple car rides - it was a lot of traveling
It was also during this week that the
Kim family was stranded in the Oregon wilderness, and I spent
many hours watching CNN and waiting for a rescue. Once they found
the girls and more and more time went by, my heart broke. It made
me miss Sean even more.
Our flight out of San
Francisco was delayed for over 2 hours, so we spent an awful long time waiting
at the gate, but once we were home we all snuggled in a heap like kittens.
Ever & Catie!
Cousins Lukas, Me, Ever, Dylan
Sean, Ever, and I are
off to Palm Desert tomorrow morning to see Grandma Margeret and the rest
of the Fritz household. Sean comes home Monday, but I stay until Thursday,
and then I head to San Jose for an extended layover to see Auntie Nancy
and her gang. I also plan to have coffee with CatieCake!
Dave & Ever
Ever & Katie
Today our check arrived from ICBC - the car insurance company. When Sean
cancelled his policy for the work van (he gave it back - long story), they
said they'd mail him a check for the remainder. It arrived today and I threw
it into my purse on the way out the door. While in line at the bank, I had
a better look at it. It was made out to "The Estate of Christopher
Sean Dayment" and I thought "Wow that's some formal jargon there!"
and then I looked at the paperwork attached and it said "Reason: Deceased."
It looks like maybe someone at ICBC hit F1 instead of F2 for the reason
of the cancelled policy. I hope this doesn't cause problems later with his
active policy. Like "Sorry Dude, but you're dead."
Since it's almost midnight I guess I should start packing. YES I HAVE THE
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