Ben and Abbey got to fly with us down to Jacksonville. Due to the ice trucks not working well in the cold....(Ironic I know)...we turned our two hour flight into a four!...The kids were great the whole time though.
When we got to Jacksonville, we headed right out into the hot tub.
We had some time to make some cookies for Santa.
In the mornings we spent some great time reading the paper.
Patch has a really cool train to play with.
Abbey even got to open one of her presents early so she could play in it.
Well we made it to Jacksonville safe and sound yesterday.....after waiting on the frozen tarmac of O'hare for our plane to be de-iced for over 2 hours......It was a delicious irony that the de-icing trucks were having trouble working in the cold weather.
Yesterday, we had lots of fun playing with Great-Patch, Nana, Patch, and Madgie. Unfortunately, at 2 AM, Ben woke up barely able to breath. KatrinaRun and I were pretty scared but Doctor Patch dusted off the old doctor bag, listened to his chest and said it wouldn't be a bad idea to take him to the hospital but we were probably ok to not call an ambulance.
We went down to Wolfson Children's Hosptial and there they had Ben diagnosed in 20 seconds. Croup....after a quick treatment with a nebulizer and another oral medicine we were sent home after an hour's worth of observation. We were unfamiliar with croup but I think we will be better able to handle it the next time.
Ben was great the whole time. He even got a new hot wheels car out of it from the great nurse we saw.
Everyone is doing great now, back to our regularly scheduled Christmas.
Today we ventured out to meet Santa and tell him what we want for Christmas. We waited in a very long line and both kids were very well behaved and dressed nicely for the picture. Unfortunately, as we stepped up to be next in line (finally), Abbey chose that exact moment to have a huge blow-out - impeccable timing! Luckily, the nice lady working the line saw what happened and let us step to the side to wait while Daddy went to clean Abbey up and change her outfit. When they got back, we got to be the very next people to see Santa. Ben was amazing throughout the whole thing and didn't seem to mind waiting for Abbey to get cleaned up. What a great brother! When we did get to meet Santa, Ben told him that he wanted the Cars movie. Santa was very polite and asked us whether it would be ok with us if he brought that to Ben. I guess he didn't want to disappoint Ben by not bringing the movie if we didn't approve. We'll see if he gets it - stay tuned!!
We got to go see our great friends Mr. Phil and Ms. Sandy this weekend and their twin boys Joey and Josh. The twins were born 4 days before Abbey, but were 9 weeks premature and Josh had to stay in the NICU until pretty recently. Thankfully he finally was able to come home in November and we got to meet him for the first time this weekend! We had already met Joey, so he and Abbey go way back. Here they are catching up. Joey liked to give Abbey's arm lots of kisses...either that or he was trying to eat her arm - we weren't sure!
Thankfully they decided that holding hands would be more fun than eating them...aren't they a cute couple?
Then Abbey got to play with both boys!
Here is the leaning tower of babies! Luckily, Ben was there to provide some support!
Well, we took Abbey to her 5 month appointment (I can't believe she is that old already!). She is doing great and weighed in at 13 pounds, 5 ounces and 24 3/4 inches. She gained 2 pounds and grew an inch in just a month! Now she is up in the 25th percentile (from the 5th percentile a month ago), so we are very happy with her progress. She still seems so little to us, but is finally fitting in her 3-6 month clothes. I guess we can't expect her to be too big...as a doctor told my mom 29 years ago after taking a look at her (she is 5'2), "You don't take a chihuahua and get a great dane!"
Since she has grown so well over the past month, we got the ok to start some solid foods. So, we immediately started her on rice cereal...
You can tell she did not like it too much...
All that growing and trying new food must have been exhausting - Abbey fell asleep while playing with her toy! She didn't even let go!
With Thanksgiving over, now we can start to look towards Christmas (my favorite!). So, I was pretty excited to start decorating and listening to Christmas music. We were able to get our tree decorated thanks to the help of Ben and Abbey!
Abbey was great at holding onto the ornaments, but not so good at getting them on the tree - she wouldn't let go!
Ben was great at decorating...
except that he wanted to put all his ornaments on the same branch...
Ben did help Daddy put the angel on top- beautiful!
Thanksgiving is all about spending time with family. So, since this was Abbey's first Thanksgiving, we made sure she spent lots of time with family. Here she is with Cousin Caroline... With Mommy and Ben...