A lot has happened during the month since my last blog. We celebrated Christmas with family, spent the New Year at home, and are now happy to be getting back into our normal routines.
For Christmas, we made the 10 hour drive with a car full of presents and an Ellie Baby to my hometown of Iuka, Mississippi. All of my immediate family is there and we were really looking forward to spending a few days with them. We stayed overnight in Louisville, KY each way to break up the trip. Ellie handled it well for the most part, sleeping through at least 3 hours of each 5-hour leg, but I have to tell you, the other 1 to 2 hours she was awake were brutal at times. We learned on the trip that ice cream makes even the most restless babies happy in a car seat for a little while.
Once we were in Iuka, it was pretty much non-stop, going to see family and friends we haven’t seen in over a year. Ellie had the time of her life playing with her 4 cousins, especially my 4-year old niece, Shelby. They played dress-up and wore matching clothes and Ellie followed Shelby around everywhere. It was so fun to watch them.
We got back to Cleveland in time to celebrate New Year’s Eve at home with a family stomach virus. Not the best way to ring in the New Year, but we would have been at home anyway. I laughed when I realized we celebrated this NYE the same way we did last year–in our PJs watching movies and cuddling with Ellie. Last year, she had only been home from her 4 week stay in the NICU for about a week, so we made up for a lot of lost time with her.
Now the holidays are well behind us. We’re both back at work and Ellie is back at daycare. She moved up to the toddler room from the infant room right before Christmas and is doing great there–eating a lot of new foods and doing new things every day. We got to see her take her first steps a couple of weeks ago and now she won’t stay off those little feet.