- Fri, Dec 30, 2005 /
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Well Christmas has officially come and gone and I have to say Erin and I request a do-over.
Where to start?
Lets see.... on the 16th we left on a Jet Blue red-eye to go see Grandma Joanne and Grandpa David. Surprisingly this went off without a hitch and Arden slept like a champ the whole way.
And that folks was the last thing that went without a hitch in Dec.
Arden came down with one heck of a nasty cold in NV.....we took her to one doctor who turned out to be a homophobic asshole and then thanks to HRC took her to a wonderful doctor a few days later when she developed a fever.
As all this was going on we of course were housebound. Originally the plan was to take her on the Saturday or Sunday and get her pictures taken professional for Christmas and then take that picture and turn it into our holiday card....
Days slipped by with the baby fondly called "Snots McFarland".... she wasn''t napping...she certainly wasn''t sleeping through the night......tiny, glazed brown eyes peered beseechingly at us through black circles....throwing fits every time she saw the snot sucker or the saline nose spray....
By Wednesday we just tossed on her Christmas dress and LO AND BEHOLD....the good lord blessed us with an hour of cheerful Punkie Pie.....we got some wonderful shots and I think an adorable Christmas card....
The one good thing was we were there to celebrate Erin''s Dad''s birthday.
Then Thursday night we headed on a midnight flight to Boston.
People.....NEVER AGAIN. Arden was a champ on the flight (people came up to us on landing and complimented us on her behavior saying they were terrified when we first ambled on board - frankly I don''t blame them)however, by mid day Friday she started screaming and didnt stop.
Her little self had just HAD IT. Patience was over and the infidelic parents MUST PAY.
Okay well she may have had a point.
Christmas eve we got the shopping done that we didn''t get to in NV (since we didn''t leave the house) and then ran over to Grandma Mary and Nonno''s for dinner... Arden was just cheerful and wonderful.
Apparently we used all of our Christmas cheer on Christmas Eve.....let me explain....
Erin and I were up until the wee hours of Christmas morning (with my darling wife putting up with 14 hours of "A Christmas Story" marathon...the defining event of the holiday if you ask me)... wrapping gifts...after all a first Christmas only comes once....
Christmas morning we were so excited to see what Santa had brought Arden...Arden, however,...not so much.
After nursing she went to sleep (9am)....the clocked ticked and ticked.. Christmas dinner at Nonna''s (1pm) was getting closer and closer....
It was at 12:30pm that our worst nightmare came true....WE WERE GOING TO HAVE TO WAKE THE BABY.
There are good ideas in life and bad ideas in life...and then there are "ARE YOU BLEEPIN'' CRAZY" ideas.... waking Arden transcends them all.
So we wrestled our fire-breathing....red-faced.....howling offspring through a brief bath and somehow wrangled her into her dress and out the door....
Arriving at Nonna''s...the whole family was there for the first time in years...and Arden had a brand new cousin Anya to meet.
The second one person looked at her, our normally cheery, interactive child commenced to let loose with loud vocalizations of abject misery.
Erin and I marched upstairs... I nursed her, she fell asleep and that was how she stayed until it was time to go.
Her behavior was off enough that we called her Pediatrician who told us to go to the emergency room if we felt like it but that she should be fine until Tuesday and to bring her in then if we wanted. (no fever, nothing, she had just been cleared health-wise 2 days earlier by a Ped in NV)
We took the time to grab a couple photos of Anya, Arden and Nonna together...and headed off at 8:30pm to re-reunite with Grandma Mary, Nonno and my siblings over my Aunt Terri''s.
A grumpy Arden stayed entrenched on Erin''s shoulder for the brief visit and home we went.
The next morning??? Our cheerful girl was back...although she still seemed bothered when nursing. So Tuesday she went to the docs and had the start of an ear infection (mild redness) in her left ear.
So now we''re shoving pink goop down her throat 3x a day.