we hit the road around 7:50 thursday morning. my goal had been to leave by 8, with a time of 8:30 as our absolute last acceptable time to leave. when we were pulling out of the driveway at 7:50 i was thrilled! we got to my parents' house around 9:30. i had time to set up his pack and play in my sister's old room and quickly nurse him before mom and i left to go to meet my sister at the spa.
we do a day at the spa at the hotel hershey every year, just the 3 of us. we usually have one treatment plus lunch. this year, we all got massages. initially i had a hard time relaxing (it was my first time leaving daxon for more than 20-30 minutes), but i just kept reminding myself that he was with fritz (my stepdad goes by fritz rather than pop, grampa, etc) and he was fine. eventually i gave in to the massage and it felt wonderful. afterwards, we relaxed in the "quiet" room with muffins and hot cocoa for about an hour before our lunch. i quickly pumped, too. lunch was good, and dessert was even better (i mean, it's hershey...). after we finished lunch, we changed back into our clothes. i had a haircut scheduled for 3:15. yes, i still get my haircut in hershey. i have tried 4 different salons in philly but can't find one that i love as much as steele. it is absolutely because of the staff (i graduated with one of the owners, my stylist is one of my close friends from high school, and another stylist is like a pseudo-little-sister to me), so i always love going back and catching up with everyone. i had rachel chop 2 inches off my hair because it had grown out of control (thanks, hormones!). afterwards, i rushed home to snuggle my baby. it was nice to be away and have some me time, but i did miss him! that night my mom and jeff went out to see a play, and daxon and i stayed home and hung out.
on friday, mom and i spent the day getting stuff ready for callie's shower. my friend nicole came over with her son, anthony, and they brought me lunch (yay for cheeseburger subs from jo-jos!!). we visited for a couple hours before they left and i kept working on shower stuff. matt got home around 6:30 and the 3 of us went over to my sister's house for dinner and to see their new house.
saturday mom and jeff and i were busy busy getting everything finished for the shower. we still had a lot of cooking to do, and had to finish the decorating. we got it all done by the skin of our teeth, but it was done and it looked great (if i do say so myself)! we had a lovely shower. callie got lots of great stuff, and it was fun to catch up with family and some of her friends, who i haven't seen in over 2 years.
|bubble bath baby shower punch|
|popcorn bar - honey peanut butter, chili lime, ranch, and cinnamon sugar|
|diaper cake by callie's mother-in-law|
|i didn't take a picutre with all the food out, but we had brie and apple cresent bites, mini fruit pizzas, balsamic pork tenderloin, and guacamole bruschetta|
|callie's college roommates|
|we had people bring books to help build baby's library|
|our stepsisters, melissa and ashley|
after the shower, callie's friends stuck around for a little birthday party, as callie not only is having a baby, but she also turns 30 this year! it's a big year for my baby sister - new house, move to hershey (from baltimore), new baby, turning 30, and she plans to go back to school in the fall to pursue her masters in disease epidemiology (yeah, she clearly got the brains in the family). i am so proud of her and so excited for this next new chapter in her life! i can't wait for our babies to grow up and be best friends! after a bit at my parents', the party moved over to callie and anthony's so that her friends could see the new house. matt convinced me to leave daxon with my parents and we joined everyone there for a few hours. i had some wine, which meant i had to pump and dump when we got home (that was a bitter pill to swallow).
sunday morning, we went to church. matt and i keep talking about trying to find a church near us, but we still plan to have daxon baptized at my church at home, so i wanted to bring him there to meet pastor cindy. after church we went to visit my dad for a few hours, and finally around 3, we hit the road and came home.
it was a long weekend, and we were busy, but we had so much fun. in our next installment, i'll tell you all about daxon's visits and how he did with sleeping and stuff. for the most part, he handled the whole weekend really well!