We just got back from a quick trip to Iowa to visit baby Isak. First of all, what a cutie he is! Second of all, Annika has officially hit the stage where she wants to know if we’re there yet…every three seconds.
We took off Friday afternoon after a few false starts. After I got home from errands I hurried everybody to get packed. I didn’t want to show up at midnight when they have a brand new baby in the house – how rude! So we hustled and got out of the house shortly after 4pm. Kris had to stop by work for a bit so the kids and I grabbed some quick dinner and then went back and picked up Kris. On our way! Kind of. We still needed to drop off Dagur and Nana and Papa’s (Papa very nicely met us part way so it wasn’t really out of our way – just a brief pause in our journey.). Finally, on our way! From there it was just three movies later that we took a wrong turn, almost got lost and showed up just after 9pm in their driveway. Ha! Last week we found a deal at Target – a portable DVD player with second screen on clearance for $80. Great timing since our portable DVD player’s power plug was intermittent and frustrating. Sure, the new one is an off brand but who cares – it works just fine for our use! So the kids were watching movies the whole way down. We took a wrong turn somewhere in Waterloo (we always seem to do that!) but it didn’t take us too far out of our way. Baby Isak was already sleeping when we got there so we took turns sneaking into the bedroom to get a look at him. Then we gave congratulations and good night hugs to Adam and Carrie and went downstairs to #1 – be quiet and #2 – get the kids to bed!
Saturday morning after breakfast Carrie handed Isak over to Uncle Kris. Kris cuddled for a few seconds and then handed Isak over to me. Kris isn’t so much into babies. He likes the 2 year olds (they can tell you what they want, feed themselves and still like cuddling). Me though? I like babies. A lot. So I held Isak for the next couple hours while he napped and his mommy napped. We all had a lovely time I think. Annika was very interested in the baby. She wanted to pet his head and give him kisses on his forehead. Then she’d go off and play again for a while until she wanted to give him some more attention again. She spent the rest of the weekend loving her baby doll that she brought with (cradling it like a real baby) and nursing her doll too! Jamesy, on the other hand, was not quite as keen on me holding the baby. He wanted his mommy to hold him. At one point he told me to “Put that baby down and hold me.” He was placated by me holding the baby in one arm and holding him with the other (he often has to share my lap with Annika so I guess he was OK with this too). Once he got his cuddles in then he was off playing again.
After lunch Kris had to take off. He went to Des Moines for the Machine game that night. The rest of us stayed back and kept it relaxed in the afternoon. The kids were downstairs playing, I was working on a project for Annika’s preschool and Carrie and Adam were doing typical newborn parenting things (like you know, sleeping and feeding and stuff). In the afternoon Annika came to me complaining of a headache and she felt warm. Sure enough she had a slight fever. I put James down for a nap and cuddled with Annika. After the movie was over that we were watching I brought my lethargic, feverish girl downstairs and we cuddled up for a nap together. When we woke up , she was burning up at 103.0. Off to the nearest drugstore I went for some children’s medication! Did I not just say in my last post to not get my kids sick so I could bring them with us??!! Sure enough, I brought a sick kid to a house with a newborn. What an awful thing to do! The medicine kicked in though and my girl got her energy back and her temp went down. Still though after dinner I took the kids downstairs where they could play, watch movies and cartoons and STAY AWAY FROM THE BABY!
Sunday we woke up to a normal Annika. No fever, no headache (well until the drive home that night when she complained of her headache again). We had a nice breakfast together and then we made, MADE, Kris hold Isak again (after a good hand-washing to help ward off kid germs). I took pictures of this because of the aforementioned baby disliking. Right after lunch we took off for home. It’s a long drive and Kris had some work he had to get to that night as well. We purposely kept the DVD players off at the start of the drive, turned up the heat and lulled both kids to sleep. Ah, a peaceful drive! Of course then I had to keep Kris awake too. When they woke up we put in a movie and they were occupied until we were just a couple miles away from Nana and Papa’s house. (They also had fun finding all the big, big tractors out working in the fields when driving to and from Adam and Carrie’s house. There sure is a lot of farming going on along the country roads we were taking!)
We had a quick visit at Nana and Papa’s house. We took a trip to the barn where Annika and James were introduced to their new pony, Nada. Yes, my kids have a pony (well, Isak does too but I’m guessing it will be a few years before he’s riding it!). Doesn’t every extremely spoiled child!?! Annika was too scared to pet both the new pony Nada and the new stud Papa just got (what a nice looking horse!). Jamesy wasn’t though! He even sat on his new pony and went for a quick jaunt around the barn (with Papa leading the horse and Nana standing right next to him holding him in place). He thought that was great! Then each child had to find their respective buckets (pink for Annika and blue for James of course). Feeding time! Each child got a scoop of grain in their bucket and then they had to go feed each horse. Jamesy was totally into the grain feeding. Annika was too but was too self-conscious to really let it show through. (Poor girl. I so wish I could help her!) After chores were done, Annika and James got a quick ride in the golf cart around the house a couple times (had to check out their swing set to make sure it was still there ya know and then race Dagur back to the rest of us – Dagur won) and then back into the truck they went. Jamesy so did not want to leave. He cried and cried and cried. We assured him that he could come back soon (maybe even next weekend?) and then he was OK.
Once back at home we ate a quick dinner, kissed Daddy good-bye so he could go to work and then it was bath time. We decided it was bubble bath night and so we filled that bathtub with bubbles as high as I could. They loved it! Right up until Jamesy pooped in the tub and it was a mad scramble to get out. Yuck. Pajamas, books and cuddles later and off to sleep they went. Not a bad weekend if you ask me!