Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Leah's first Thanksgiving

We went to Washington DC for the long Thanksgiving weekend. We stayed at my Uncle Howard's house. It was great - one bedroom for us and one bedroom for Leah - with a bathroom in between. We all slept well and it was especially nice that we were able to put Leah to bed when she needed to and then still be there to hang out with the family.

My parents and Grandmother were also there. And my brother and his wife joined us for dinner Saturday and brunch Sunday. It was nice for Leah to get to spend so much time with so much family, although sometimes she was a bit overwhelmed by all the attention.

And unfortunately Leah was sick for the whole weekend. She's still a pretty happy baby, even when she's sick. But she's clingier and a bit whinier and less smiley. Lucky for us she still slept well - extra well actually - she slept past 7 a.m. every day. We took her to the pediatrician when we got back and it looks like she has a bronchial virus (i.e. bronchitis). There's really nothing we can do for her other than Tylenol for her fever (101 in the evenings) and Aquaphor for the viral rash that seems to have developed along with it. She's got a nasty cough, but even when she does wake up coughing she just goes back to sleep, so it doesn't seem to be bothering her too much.

She did get lots of fun foods over the long weekend. On Thanksgiving we gave her a sampling of everything - turkey, ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberry, and jello. She doesn't have a full appetite at the moment, so she didn't eat much of it, but she had a taste. And on the drive back we stopped at Cracker Barrel - our favorite road trip food. I gave her a taste of my sunrise sampler - grits, hashed browns, eggs, fried apples. She did seem to like the grits and the potatoes, but she wasn't too thrilled about the apples even though there were very sweet.

I tried to pack Leah in the suitcase, but she kept crawling out:
Leah wanted to drink Baba's beer: She loved petting Simba the cat:
She was looking super cute on Thanksgiving Day - and she enjoyed exploring the house:
She had lots of fun dancing with Grandpa:

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