Gah. It’s been a busy week, especially the last few days. Sam started rolling over on her own this week, but only from her tummy to her back. So for those of you playing Baby Bingo from home, there’s another one for you.
The big excitement, though, has come in the last few days. Sam has taken her second cross-country trip, the first leg of which involved a flight from San Diego to Saint Louis. This time, though, we were prepared. We jammed through security and got an extra seat next to us so we could sit Sam down in her car seat during the flight. Once again, Sam was an angel, passing the time by sleeping and pooping. Ger and I were both praying that she would not decide to fill the bottom of her car seat, and Sam decided to accomodate us. She did have her first mile-high bowel movement, though, and the flight attendant let me trek her through first class to change her on one of the empty seats there. Take that first class passengers! Enjoying your fancy meals and hot towels now? Huh?
That flight was only the beginning, though. It ended in St. Louis where Sam got to briefly see Grandma and Grandpa Sommer, but the next morning we promptly packed up and hit the road to drive from St. Louis to Tulsa, Oklahoma to visit my family. Ger and I must have made that drive dozens of times while we were in college (in Tulsa) and I was in graduate school (in St. Louis), but it was our first time with a baby on board. It ended up taking us about 8 hours instead of the usual 6 since we had to stop to feed and stretch Sam. There’s just something so womanly and life-giving about stopping in a fast food parking lot off Route 44 to nurse your baby. Motherhood is so beautiful.
Finally, we arrived in T-Town and Sam got to see my parents. My mom she had met already, but it was the first time she got to meet my Dad since he was in the hospital the last time we were in town. They seem to enjoy each other’s company immensely, and my mother is doting on Sam as usual. She gifted Sam with –I’m not kidding– over two dozen pairs of dainty baby socks. And some other nice stuff like clothes and toys. I think the gift-giving will never end.
We’re staying here until Thursday, when we’ll repeat the drive back to St. Louis. Already not looking forward to that, hey. But once we get back there we’re dropping Sam off with Ger’s parents for Friday night while we attend my friend Gary’s wedding in Taylorville, Illinois. Then we’re racing back on Saturday to get ready for Sam’s christening on Sunday. Expect lots of pictures and a full account, let me tell you.
And now, photographs:
I love that last picture of me holding the very naked Sammie getting ready for her bath, by the way. I plan to break it out the first time she brings home her first date to meet me.