Yeesh. Where do I start?
L. was off last week. I think she needed the break from work, but you really don’t get a break when you have a 9 month old. Being the trooper that she is, she spent a lot of quality time with Mr. I while still being able to take care of some household things. She’s an amazing woman.
We drove down to St. Louis on Thursday afternoon. Took us 7 hours to get down (that included a 1 hour stop @ an oasis on 294 to eat and feed Mr. I) and 6 hours to get back. In both cases Mr. I was excellent. He either slept or goofed around with whoever was sitting in the back seat of the car. Speaking of car, 27 MPG on the highway. Yeah, it’s not 30 but we made it there and back without refilling the tank – which is nice.
St. Louis was great. We packed pretty light and purchased some St. Louis baby items so we don’t have to lug thing each way (pack and play, cups, spoons, etc). Friday we went to the zoo, I’ll post the pictures in a bit. Mr. I got a real kick out of the Penguin and Puffin coast exhibit, which is my personal favorite @ the St. Louis zoo. Friday night L. and I celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary! L.’s mom babysat, so for the first time in roughly 9 months we were out and about without Mr. I. It was great, but weird. It’s odd when you have time to not be in a constant vigilant state watching what the baby is doing.
Saturday, L.’s dad and friend Tara came over to the house to visit Mr. I. The dude is a big time show off now with his standing. Also on Saturday, I reactivated the XM radio in the car since we’re getting a great deal on it (< $6 / month and no reactivation fee). XMU on the way home was great.
Sunday, as I mentioned before was the day of travel. We intentionally left Sunday so we could have Monday to recoup and get some stuff done around the house in advance of the weekend.
Yesterday came and went without incident. We took a walk along the lake in the morning, ate lunch @ Chipotle in downtown Evanston and then we were treated to some “cruising” by Mr. I. Not only can he stand now, but he can take little steps to the side so he can now move around our ottoman. He had a couple of spills, but nothing big. I took him to the supermarket while L. finished up some work and that’s basically it.
One of his top teeth finally popped out too and the other one’s on it’s way.