Aug 082016
 

Road trip!

Over the weekend we took Logan up to Seattle. I had planned on taking him up there to meet my grandmas a few months ago but I honestly wasn’t ready for the undertaking. It seemed like an overwhelming feat to go up to Seattle with a teeny baby. I don’t know why, but now I was ready.

I was a little worried about all the crap we’d have to pack for the trip–just for Logan! The pack n’ play folds up pretty well. But we’d have to bring a lot of clothes and diapers (you never know what the day will hold–his record is 6 outfit changes in one day).

Anyhoo! The day started early. Michael went for a long run and then I went to the gym for a quick weights and elliptical workout before we hit the road:

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Logan did GREAT on the drive up to Seattle. He pretty much slept the entire time until we got to Boeing Field, then he woke up and started making noises, getting a little fussy, but not too bad. We got to my parent’s house and unloaded the car and then went to visit my grandma Helen.

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She was SO happy to finally meet the babe! It was so wonderful seeing her face light up at the baby. It was pure joy. It made me happy and brought some tears to my eyes, honestly. I was really happy that Logan could meet Great Grammy Helen!

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He did really great and was in good spirits–probably because he had a three hour nap in the car! We spent about an hour and a half at her place. He got to show off all his skills to his great Grammy and we got to take some photos and get all four generations in one photo, too.

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Then it was time for her dinner and time to get going. It was such a lovely visit and I’m really happy we got to spend so much time together and she got to meet Logan. My grandma is going to be 95 this year! She’s doing great, too.

We went home and my mom fixed us all dinner. Salmon, broccoli and her delicious mustard bread (it’s seriously like crack–I can eat way too much of that bread).

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Dessert was fresh berries–strawberries and blackberries with whipped cream on top.

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Logan did so great. We were definitely out of our element, the schedule was all willy-nilly, but he rolled with it and was a rockstar pretty much all weekend. He slept pretty well, too, despite being in a new place. It’s awesome to see that he can be so flexible.

I’m sure part of it was that he was getting so much attention! He’s definitely spoiled. 🙂

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Sunday morning Logan woke us up bright and early, per usual, and I went to get coffee (not Starbucks–I think I’m the only Seattlelite who does not like it) and my mom made us buttermilk pancakes for breakfast. She used the recipe and Bob’s Red Mill mix that she used for my baby shower and they turn out perfectly!

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I had two small pancakes, a fried eggs and some bacon. It was perfect.

We had some time to kill before we were going to go visit my other grandma, Mary (my dad’s mom) so we drove to Roosevelt and went to the Maple Leaf park to do some walking.

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I think it was about half a mile loop around the reservoir and we did two laps around it. My dad pushed the stroller (which was super adorable). He was way into it and talking to Logan and telling him about the bike he’s building for him and then popping wheelies in the stroller. Dads. LOL

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So after the walk we drove down by the zoo and visited with my Grandma Mary for a bit. She lives in a nursing home after having a lot of strokes over the years. It’s hard to visit, honestly, it makes me sad and it’s hard because she tries to communicate but usually can’t. But this visit was different! She was able to get a lot of words out and she was ECSTATIC to meet Logan! And it was my dad’s birthday on Sunday and she remembered. All good signs if you ask me!

After our visit we went to get lunch at Dick’s, of course.

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Love me some Dick’s. It’s second to In-n-Out but it’s still pretty awesome. We went to the Wallingford one, which is the original.

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Then it was time for us to hit the road.

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We did not get as lucky on the drive home. It ended up taking 4.5 hours. We stopped twice to tend to Logan. He was pretty ok for most of it but when we had an hour left of the trip he got REALLY grumpy and started crying. It was pouring rain, too, so visibility wasn’t great. We stopped at a rest stop and fed him and changed him again and gave him a little play time and attention, hoping that would help.

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Then he fell back asleep and slept the rest of the way home. So even though we had to stop twice to feed/change him and he was a little fussy here and there, it wasn’t too bad.

Bella had been staying overnight at the dog walker’s house with her boyfriend Raja. 🙂 First stop in Portland was picking up Bells!

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She’s so funny. She LOVES Amy and Raja. I’m glad she had a good weekend, too. It was good to be home, though, back to our routine, back with all the animals under one roof and back to normal. It was a great weekend and I am so glad we finally did it! And it makes me want to do some more weekend trips to show Logan our favorites places!

Jun 072016
 

Busy weekend! Friday I went back to work. Then Saturday I went to the gym and ran 1.75 miles on the treadmill. It was 100+ degrees in Portland this weekend (TOO HOT) so it was nice to be in a cool gym.

Getting back into running is going slowly. Some days I feel great when I run, some days it feels like my body is just not ready yet. This particular run felt great and I amped it up a bit. Instead of jogging/running for 90 seconds, then walking for a 60 seconds, rinse repeat…I was running for three minute intervals and walking for one minute. It felt great and I was happy that I was able to go that long after such a long break.

Then I did about 15 minutes on the stairmaster and finished up with some weight lifting.

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It was a good workout. The bad news is that sometime in the last 5 days I did something to screw up my back. I’m not sure what it is but Saturday it felt really, really aggravated. I don’t know if I strained it picking up the baby so many times, or if doing the ab machines at the gym did it, or if it’s a flare up of my bulging disc issue I had last March…but it sucks. UGH! Really poor timing for a back injury. 🙁

Anyways, Saturday afternoon we drove out to Hillsboro (about an hour drive from our house) to go to a birthday party. It was a friend’s daughter’s FIRST birthday! So cute and so much fun. Logan got all dressed up for it:

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He was a real party animal! He slept in a little baby rocker swing thing the whole time. 😉

Sunday a friend stopped by for breakfast and to meet Logan. It was nice to spend some time catching up and the little guy put on quite the show for her–all smiles and giggles!

Then I went swimming, crossing my fingers it felt good on my back. And in a way it did feel good, but as soon as I was done swimming and out of the pool it was NOT good. Hot tub felt nice, steam room and sauna felt great. The nap I took that afternoon felt great…but still, back was cranky.

Sunday night we had some friends over for dinner. It was another 100+ degree day in Portland and they do not have AC in their house so we thought it would be nice to have them over for some relief. It had also been a little while since we saw them so it was good to catch up and be social after two months of sleep-deprived anti-social behavior. 😉

Logan was absolutely fascinated and riveted by the 8 year old and 3 year old boys!

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Since it was so hot I drank lighter beers and ciders:

Dinner was grilled up flanked steak, salad and corn. Ice cream for dessert.

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Logan did great and took a little nap while we ate, which was nice.

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And he slept from 10pm to nearly 6am!!! I think the trick is being social and putting him to bed late. Whatever the cause was, it was a nice treat since Monday was my first day working from home. Getting some extra (and real) sleep was nice. 🙂