I realized recently that I had loads of vacation to use up by the end of the year. I still get the same amount of vacation being a part-time employee as I did at full time, and when I take a week off it only uses 3 days up instead of 5. So I decided to take this week off. I booked it off about three weeks ago, and last week we found out John had to spend this week out of town! He wouldn’t have been able to take any time off, but it figures that he would be away when I’ve got time off.
Hayden and I have had a nice vacation, though. Monday Faith and Avery came to visit in the morning. They have moved from Florida to Chicago and Jeremy had to come to Indy for work so they came with him. It was so good to see them! It’s funny to see where Avery is developmentally because she is 10 months older than Hayden so I get a sneak peak of what things will be like in less than a year. They visited at the end of November last year and Avery was the same age then that Hayden is now, and I remember she was just starting to walk and was jabbering but couldn’t be understood. Now she understands everything we say and has a lot to say herself – usually repeating whatever has just been said. Faith is pregnant and she asked Avery if she wanted a brother or sister. She said ‘Sister.’ Then Faith asked if she wanted a sister or brother. She said ‘Brother.’ Faith said she says whatever the last word is – ha!
After we saw them Hayden and I went to lunch with a couple of neighbors. There are two families down the street we like to hang out with, and between our three families we have six boys under seven years old (no girls). All the boys older than Hayden were in school or preschool, so we just had Hayden and Quin with us (Quin is 4 months younger than Hayden – we predict they will be best friends when they get old enough to play together). It was really fun!
Tuesday we met my friend from school Jennifer and her son Connor at the zoo. Connor is about 6 weeks younger than Hayden. We had a good time seeing all the animals and getting caught up. It was very interesting being around Connor since he and Hayden are so close in age. Hayden has 12 teeth now and Connor only has 4; Connor knows where his ears, eyes, and even eyelashes are, but Hayden has not grasped the pointing to body parts thing yet.
Wednesday we went to an organic dairy farm with Grandma. When we got there we were greeted by the sweetest black kitten who looked just like Jude when he was about a year old. He had the exact same length and texture of fur, and he was very purry like Jude. Hayden and I nearly stole him. 🙂 We petted lots of friendly cats and saw many calves and chickens. We walked around for a while and then had lunch in the restaurant, which was fantastic. Rounded things off with a fresh chocolate milkshake and we were off (after stopping in the farm’s store for some cheese and ice cream to take home).
Today is our regular Gymboree day, so we just ran some errands and went to Gymboree. Since Hayden needs his naps we have to work around those, so even though when I woke up it felt like I would have the whole day to run errands and such we are still homebound a good portion of the day so he can sleep. Today was strange because he was acting tired in the morning so I put him down before we were going to go out but he wouldn’t sleep. So we went a couple of places and came home so he could sleep before Gymboree since he was acting sleepy while we were out. Again he wouldn’t sleep. So no nap before Gymboree. Came home after Gymboree and it took ages to get him to sleep! He was crying and crying, which is really unusual for him. I gave him a little tylenol in case his teeth were bothering him, and eventually gave him some milk. I think he was overtired in addition to whatever else was upsetting him. It was strange though because he usually goes down so well – even if he doesn’t fall asleep he will just chat for a while, not cry. It was like he was 5 months old again!