For one thing, I was able to catch up with some college friends on Friday night. They were kind enough to drive to Scottsboro from Huntsville and have dinner with us. My children didn't really cooperate, but I did get in some good conversation once we left the restaurant. Ada was going without a nap, and she was spent by the time we were seated and ready to eat. Thanks for being patient with us, Taylor and Amanda!!
Plus, I went to that wonderful, wonderful wedding. It truly was incredible, but I hate to post about it because all of my family have already said so much. So instead I will steal a picture or two, and then I will direct you here to find out the details.
(that's John in the background. Can you see him?)
John was a trooper, and Scott and I made it through course one and two of dinner, but just as the main course arrived, John reached the end of his rope, and we were out of there. The curtains that would open to the dance tent had not even opened yet, and I also wanted to see the bride's second dress, the one for the dancing portion of the reception, but John wasn't having it. He said, "Mom, I have been patient, I have held it together, but it's late, and I want my bed." So, as the golf cart drove Scott, John, and me back to our car, I stared behind me watching the gorgeous scene unfold without me. But it's just the way it goes in this season of parenting a newborn. Every parent has been there. And my feet were hurting. So...anyway, it was fun, and John made it longer than I expected, so I count it a success.
We are back home now. John cried the entire six hours (round trip) that we were in the car, making it clear that he does not care for his car seat ;) At one point I squeezed myself and my big post-baby rear end in between the two car seats in the back just to see if I could get him calmed down, which he did eventually calm down, but oh the screaming. It was stressful.
We are home now, though, and John stuck to a great schedule today, nursing every three hours and taking a good morning and afternoon nap, followed by a short evening nap. We have been working on that schedule for a while, so I am thrilled. We'll see if it helps with his nighttime sleep. I'm crossing my fingers.
I'll let you know.