Friday, March 27, 2009

Leaving Max for the first time

So, we left Max for the first time... both of us at the same time. Max stayed with Grandma & Grandpa. We went to Vegas for Jessica's wedding (her and Jason are above). Here's what we did when we got back: Jumping on the ball with Dad, yay!

and rolling... so fun. I missed this!

Vegas was not the most fun. It smells, it's smoky and it's busy. We got in late on Thursday night and wandered around a little to check out where we would be going the next day. I could not believe the number of people we saw walking around with little kids after midnight! I was really glad that we didn't bring Max, it really isn't a place for kids. I can't believe how many parents, kids and family's there are walking around Vegas. It's definitely not my idea of a family vacation.

I think the highlight of our trip was seeing the Cirque de Soleil show Ka at the MGM. Wow, was it ever spectacular! I think it's probably one of the only reasons I would ever go back to Vegas, to see the other Cirque shows... There are people running in each of those rings: in them, on them, around them. The hugest and most elaborate stage setting I have ever seen, I don't think there is a bad seat in the house, although Ross got us the best seats there were! Fabulous seats and a fabulous show, it was incredible.

All that being said, four days was a little bit too long for my first trip away from Max and a little bit too long for Vegas... for me. It made me really glad to be home.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Poppa & Oma's visit

I'm horrible with remembering to take pictures, so here's a few that I got on our last visit with Poppa & Oma.

Max and I spent the morning at the Aquarium with them and had a great time! Unfortunately, the only picture I have, is of a sea otter, basking in the sun. So, I won't post that here.

We were set to meet for dinner at the Boathouse and they were running a little late (and we were a little early, believe it or not!). So, we decided to take a walk on the pier. Max decided to go back towards all the noises he was hearing from the truck back where we started.

"Bye, bye!"

It was such a beautiful day, and I so rarely get decent pictures of Max.

"Water! Water?"
"Yes Max, that's water, but you can't go in there, please."
We also decided that Ross would jump in after him if he somehow did get through there (I am a huge fan of planning for it, as a prevention strategy - Murphy's Law, you know!).

Poppa playing with Max at dinner.

And another one of Poppa & Max...

Max has not been feeling well. He has not been eating much for the last 4 days, so it was so nice to see him laughing, having fun, and yes, eating. He ate lobster, clams, mussels, halibut, chicken and gnocci. In fact, he ate more than he has eaten in the past 4 days all together!

I am hoping this is a sign that he is getting better, since we're supposed to be going away tomorrow. He was happy, singing and laughing and having fun and most importantly, eating. Yay!

Ross and I are going away for a couple of days for a friends wedding in Las Vegas, so we're leaving Max with Grandma & Grandpa (the first time I've ever been away from him over night). Hopefully I'll have something interesting to post soon.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Sick or teeth?

So, today was day 2 of Max being "not-himself". He had a fever yesterday and was definitely acting out of the ordinary. I was really worried that he might be sick, but aside from having no appetite and being cuddly and cranky, there's nothing else.

Ross took a picture of Max being particularly cuddly
(I have to admit I really like this).

After taking Max to daycare, I got a phone call a few hours later. They've never seen Max the way he was today. He wouldn't eat, and he wandered around saying "Mama, Mama" and everything was making him cry. Apparently the puppy they have there got stuck under a stool and was whining a little and it made Max cry. So, they called me to pick him up. They suggested he might be teething, which I hadn't thought of, until now.

Sure enough there are 2 teeth coming in on the bottom. It was interesting trying to see that. Max is not a fan of opening his mouth when I want him to. So, there may be more on the top, but there was no way he was letting me see that. Now, I know to try the homeopathic teething tablets. These come highly recommended from numerous people and I'm hoping that I'll become one of those.

Ross spent hours feeding Max anything he would eat throughout the afternoon and evening (which isn't much, even compared to the usual) and I came home to cuddle. Max fell asleep in my arms as I was reading book after book after book to him. He's been asleep almost 2 hours, which I am hoping will stretch much longer than last night (I don't think he slept any longer than 2 hours at a time).

Max's Oma & Poppa are coming to town for a visit, so hopefully I will have some new pictures to post!

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

A new day at the Aquarium!

We go to the Aquarium most Wednesday's, but today we had to stop and pick up something on our way. We met a very nice lady that gave Max a toy truck, so he had something very entertaining to play with on the ride to the Aquarium. Maybe that is why he was having such an active and adventurous day at the Aquarium. It was a little different from our usual tour. He is so much more comfortable there and knew where he was going. I keep meaning to get a video of him walking - he walks with such determination. I love it! Everyone stops to ask how old he is and tell me how cute he is, as I'm running after him and trying to snap the occasional picture.

On to the pictures (this may be the most pictures I upload again, it takes forever on here).

This was actually our second stop at the Aquarium... after the Amazon. Max was running everywhere today! "Up pees, up pees..."

"Down pees, Down pees..."

and we're off! On our way to Clownfish Cove...

oh wait, there's a lot of people here. I wonder where they're going? Maybe I should follow them instead of going to Clownfish Cove?

Nah, we'll go to the usual place.

"Fish, fish, look mom, there's fish".

"plants?" Apparently today is the day that Max is pointing and naming EVERYTHING he can find.


"more fish?"

Hey, there's someone on the other side of this. Hello? Hello! Hello?

Where is everyone?

All this, BEFORE all the fun of the family music program at 10:30 am, which involved the largest group of kids and parents I've seen yet and of course our friends, Auntie Liss, Brandon, Jen (Nerf), Sadie and Ryoko. We had so much fun listening to the music and playing with the musical instruments today. There were too many people for me to get any pictures, Max was situated on my lap or holding my hand, leg or anything he could to stay close.

I'm trying to make sure I get pictures and/or at least get things written in here, so we can always take a look back at some of this stuff. I love you Max!