Monday, May 3, 2010

A Seasoned Traveller

Last week we went to visit my parents in Seattle. It was The Chub's 3rd round trip flight. I am always amazed at how well she does despite being extremely tired and lugged back and forth in her infant carrier for hours. We received many compliments on what a good baby she was. She always seems to be the star of the show when we fly.

We had a wonderful time.

Things I will miss:

1)Spending time with family and friends.
I think this one is self explanatory

2) Having free babysitting.
My parents watched The Chubadub if we needed to run errands and my mom watched her late one night so we could have a date.

3) Being cooked for.
  • I had my favorite home cooked meals on a daily basis, my mom even made me grilled cheese just like she did when I was a kid.
  • Dessert and more dessert. My wonderful father cooked me my favorite chocolate swirl cheesecake and my mom made toffee bars twice.
  • My dad made his traditional cornmeal waffles with strawberries and whipped cream for breakfast the day before we left. It's making me hungry just thinking about it.

4) Having a laundry service.
As you know, having a baby means you go through tons of laundry each week. My mom was constantly washing clothes and spit rags for us. It was a-maz-ing.

5) Downtown Seattle.
  • Still love those ferry rides across the Puget Sound
  • Got to visit our favorite Burger Stop
  • Had a chocolate Croissant at the little french bakery I love at Pike Place Market
  • Had dinner at our favorite restaurant on Alki right around sunset with a beautiful view of the Sound and downtown Seattle.

Things I will NOT miss:

1) The traffic. Oh the traffic!
  • I forgot how terrible the driving was there and how rude people are in general.
  • It doesn't have to be rush hour for it to back up. We sat in bumper to bumper traffic on our way from the airport on a Saturday morning/afternoon.
2) The dreary days and damp cold air.
  • We rarely saw the sun
  • There is something about 100% humidity and 50 degrees that feels so much worse than -5 degree day here in Colorado.
3) The overall unfriendliness of the locals
I grew up in the Seattle area and noticed this when I lived there, but now coming from a different place it's even more evident. People just are not as happy in general. Must be the 9 months of clouds and gloom.

New Chubadevelopments:
  • She loves sucking and chewing on her hands now. She never was really into it before but it must go "hand and hand" with teething (oh giggles, I'm so punny).
  • Is doing so much better with Tummy time. It's almost like once she rolled over she started not to mind it as much. She'll lay there with her head lifted high for a long time (if she doesn't roll over first). It's a major break-through after months of agony for both of us.
  • Is starting to make more high-pitched noises when she talks to herself.
  • Definitely knows her Mommy and Daddy. Can't keep her eyes off of us even when someone else is holding her.
  • Has really strong legs and can support her whole body easily, just doesn't have the balance to stay that way!
  • Has FINALLY stopped spitting up constantly. Still has a few dribbles here and there but it's so much better than it used to be. I would ditch the bib, but now she's drooling constantly due to teething so we're swapping one thing for another. Go figure!
So that's the latest. I hear an unhappy baby on the monitor. Gotta go!


  1. Okay, this post made me hungry too!! All of that food your parents made sounds amazing, right down to the grilled cheese. There's nothing like going home and being taken care of by your parents, is there? Glad you guys had a good time. And yay for less spit up!!

  2. And yet, I got no phone call saying that you were in Seattle and that I should make the trek up to annoy you.

    Just sayin'!

  3. Wow- the Chubs has been on more plane rides than I had been on before I graduated from high school! :) I love reading her developments. It sounds like she is doing fantastically!

  4. Grandpa and I loved every minute and wish we could do it more often It's so fun to see the Chubs' progress in person, and of course to hug and spoil our own "baby."

  5. I get waffles next week. Yay!!!