2014 West Virginia Trip

11 Jun

I’m not great at photojournalism. When I took my boy to CA I forgot my camera altogether, and on our recent trip to WV I mostly left it in its case in our room. What pictures I did take are mostly of the baby! I’ll share them as I go along. Some are from Joshie. As I described in my last post, we drove to Minneapolis with Danielle. While there I had to be sure we ate at Chick-fil-A. Here is my son at Chick-fil-A:



We also went to IKEA and looked at chairs for David’s room. We figured he was ready to start sleeping in his crib, but since his room had no chair I would have to bring him back to my room to nurse if he woke up in the night. Too much work! So we thought we would get a certain gray wingback and we toyed with the idea of putting rockers on it. The plan was to return to IKEA for the chair after the West Virginia leg of our journey. Sadly this did not come to pass, and his room is still chairless. But it doesn’t matter yet. Keep reading to find out why! On Saturday we left Minneapolis for Pittsburgh by way of Chicago. Here is David on the flight to Chicago-Midway:



He is still really easy to fly with. The plane knocks him out every time.

In Pittsburgh we were met by my in-laws, and Josh’s sister and her three kids. Then Josh’s other sister flew in with three more kids making us a big, crazy group. It felt like my family ten years ago when all the boy cousins were still kids and all the get-togethers were hectic and fun. In other words before we got old and boring! It was great seeing my nieces, Taylor and Lylah, and my nephews, EJ, Isaiah, Noah, and Easton. Everyone had changed pretty drastically from two years before. And we had not met Easton yet! We all drove in two cars to Josh’s parents’ home in West Virginia.


5/25 the next morning


5/25 I don’t always, but when I do

David was accidentally (well, unwittingly) sleep-trained (and nap-trained) while we were visiting my in-laws. I began putting him in the bedroom alone for his naps just because there were so many people around, and he immediately was able to fall asleep on his own. And because it was so dark and white-noisy he began taking two hour naps two or three times a day. He also fell asleep in there by himself in the evenings and only woke once in his always 12-hour night (after eight or nine hours). I could not believe it, because previously he had been falling asleep in the evenings with me and Josh, usually in the living room, waking a few times a night, and sleeping about 30-45 minutes at time during the day. Here he is in Easton’s pack-n-play:


5/26 down for the night

Since we’ve been back at home, he takes naps in his own room and goes down for the night in there, to be transferred to the rock-n-play (cradle type thing) in our room when we go to bed. We like to have him with us when we’re sleeping because of his coughing and gagging. Which you will learn about presently. :) I may be precipitate in calling him fully sleep-trained because he does still depend on being swaddled.


5/27 lunch on the Ohio river


5/27 with Mama’s foot



The weather in West Virginia was amazing compared to North Dakota and the scenery was beautiful. This next picture is the view from my mother-in-law’s front porch. We had moved the patio table out to the tree for some shade one afternoon. I loved sitting out there relaxing with the relatives, and I think David liked being in the fresh air, too.


5/29 Fog


5/29 Fog


5/29 Texas shirt


I think this is a talking smile


This is the inhale on a sneeze!


5/31 Lylah and Easton. Easton would not be still for a picture, no doubt because he would rather have had me changing his pee-diaper. Sorry, buddy!

We went to the zoo in Wheeling, WV one day. It was called the Good Zoo which I thought was a little arrogant but also not very ambitious–you might as well call yourself the Great Zoo at that point? But it was named after someone named Good. It was nice to walk around outside with the babies in strollers. We began the day with a little train ride:







And then people who were brave enough fed the llama and goats:


6/01 Lylah


6/01 Taylor

By that night David and Josh were very congested. We assumed it was just allergies, but lying on his back made David choke so we propped him up in our bed to sleep.



There was so much car seat time on this vacation that I started to feel really bad for the little guys. David hates being restrained, and loves sitting straight up or standing (supported). He gets really restless in the car, like his dad, and everywhere we went was pretty far away!


6/02 in the car


6/02 in the car

One night I actually took out the real camera and got some shots of the boys together. If you leave your baby with me, he will end up swaddled! But not until he betrays a tired sign or two. They happened to both be using their white blankets and Nuk pacifiers, which made me think to take a picture. Or a few. Taylor was helping me by trying to get them to smile, but they were both pretty mellow by that point.


6/02 cousins


6/02 cousins


Easton: Isn’t my sister hilarious? David: Meh.


Feel free to print and frame. ;)


6/02 cousins

Josh’s mom drove us back to Pittsburgh and we stayed the night there before catching a flight back to Minneapolis.


6/05 flight to MSP


6/05 baggage claim MSP


6/05 Minneapolis hotel

The following day we made plans to go to IKEA for our chair and some blackout curtains for the boy’s room, and in preparation we moved David’s car seat to the opposite side of the car so we could fold down half of the back seat. A few minutes later we were on our way, and almost immediately got in a fender bender when another car ran a red light and hit us. We were so glad we had moved David because we were struck on the side he usually sits on. Everyone was okay except our Mitsubishi, which I feel emotionally attached to now because it might have saved a few lives, self-sacrificially. Not only the three of us, but the man in the little car behind us. The driver who ran into us was only 16 and had been driving for two months. It was a 45 mph zone and I think she was going pretty fast, although we weren’t because we were turning. As the driver of our vehicle I feel pretty responsible, too! Although I wasn’t at fault, a little more vigilance might have allowed me to prevent the collision. And with my baby in the car! You can’t imagine my guilt. David cried as soon as it happened but when I got him out of his seat he was fine. (Probably very glad for a chance to escape his car seat for a while. He was immediately looking around with interest.)


6/06 an hour after the accident

We had to leave our car in Minnesota and drive a rental home. (No IKEA chair.) We are still waiting to hear if it’s totaled.

I am just so relieved and grateful that Josh and Davy were not hurt. What would I do without either of them?


6/07 happy to be home

On Monday I took him to the doctor to make sure he was ok after his adventure (he is fine) but mostly for his horrible congestion which only got worse as our vacation went on. We had given up on the hope that it was allergies, and sure enough he has a virus that we just have to wait out. It is frustrating because he can’t really have any medicine, being an infant. It has decreased his appetite but also wakes him up, interrupts him when he’s eating, makes him spit up more, etc.




6/10 Ida


6/10 Ida

Ida has always been great with kids I babysat and she has shown that she is good with the baby too. Her purring is as good as any fan while he sleeps, but she is also very tolerant of him when he kicks her and pulls her fur with his toes–she just moves out of reach, eternally patient. (I admit, I sometimes harass her with the baby to see what she will do.) But she doesn’t avoid being around him, which is nice. I thought maybe she would try to leave home when he was born. Tom is more selfish, and will ignore the baby in your lap in his attempt to get close and cuddle with you. He just jumped up as I was typing this, and landed on the baby before he was shoved mercilessly back to the floor. He is also the one who sleeps in David’s crib if he can access it, which is annoying and hairy. I still LIKE him, but I wish he would be a little more mature about everything. Ha!


11 Responses to “2014 West Virginia Trip”

  1. Mom June 11, 2014 at 2:11 pm #

    I don’t always wear my Irish Hooligan outfit, but when I do …
    Good is a good name for a zoo – do you know the one in San Francisco was originally called Flyshackers? (sp?)
    Those boy cousins look like trouble waiting to happen! In a good way!

    • littleapartment June 12, 2014 at 2:54 pm #

      I guess after “World-Famous” it just seemed a little silly. :)
      They do, don’t they?

  2. stephaniechayrez June 12, 2014 at 8:35 am #

    Love all the pictures! Your captions make me laugh. The most interesting baby in the world one is perfect. The cousins could be bald twins! Your niece looks like a grown up!

    • littleapartment June 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm #

      I couldn’t think of a clever way to fill it in, so I left it to the reader’s imagination. And I think that turned out being even more clever.
      My nieces are 5 and nearly 15. I assume you mean Taylor!

      • stephaniechayrez June 13, 2014 at 6:56 pm #

        Yes, the 15 year old! :)

        • littleapartment June 17, 2014 at 6:35 am #

          She seems grown up too. Maybe she would like to go to UND and live with us! I hope we don’t still live here in three years.

  3. The D June 12, 2014 at 12:52 pm #

    Beautiful pictures and great commentary!

  4. stephaniechayrez June 21, 2014 at 11:30 am #

    I forgot to say that the chair looks really cool!

    • littleapartment June 23, 2014 at 7:37 am #

      It is kind of a modern take on the wingback. Not sure I prefer it to the regular kind. But I like the upholstery!

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