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DC Family Reunion 2018 Emmie Recap (19 weeks + Friday Catch Up)

Hellllooooo,  poppets! I feel like it has been forever since we last spoke. In reality, only a week has passed, but so much has happened! Let’s get right into our DC Family Reunion with the Friday Catch Up! 

And you’ve already been warned, this is going to be a long one!

Edited to add: I’m going to split this up into two posts. The first will be all Emmie stuff, so if you aren’t interested, TTFN.

June Family Reunion Catch Up

1) First of all, Emmie did SO GREAT on the plane and with all of the craziness. Yes, she definitely had some meltdowns–including in the Chicago airport and some mini ones on the plane–but they were relatively minor in the grand scheme of things. Her biggest fusses/meltdowns revolved around eating: she is still being difficult with regards to nursing. But we are learning to roll with it and just let her figure it out. She always ate enough, ultimately (I keep track), and she always had a few sessions that were without fuss, but we had lots of 3-5 minute and then done bouts. 

Teething on Dad’s face

I think that her fussiness is due a) to being 19 weeks and b) to the beginnings of teething. I had suspected as much last week, but when she finally started to just outright gnaw on Alex’s finger one time, we knew. So I’m just giving her grace and trying to be understanding!

We have re-introduced the pacifier to her to give her something to gnaw on. She needed it. I’ll cross the bridge weaning her off of that when she doesn’t have bones coming through her gums.

On the plane, we basically just tried to keep her as entertained as possible. She did nurse a few times (some more successful than others), but mostly we played with her. Crinkle paper, her unicorn Sir Flurf, and the cover of a magazine were big hits.

She was fantastic during her second flight home! Then she slept in the Uber on the way home. 

2) Overall, Emmie was a ROCKSTAR with all the hubbub and being passed around to everyone. It was actually a great brain week for her to be so stimulated–she developed so much mentally during the week from different types of play and different toys. Cousin Tyson (4 years old) was so sweet with her and shared with her and introduced her to new things! 

During the week she did some really cool things, like prop herself up in a sitting position using her arms (I sat her up and then leaned her forward). She also got to play in a stand up activity gym, which she was VERY into. I even ordered one for her!

3) We had some minor regressions as well, like the aforementioned reintroduction of Wubs, letting her nap in the rock n play, using the stroller to get her to sleep, and not letting her work through some nighttime wakings (like when she obviously wasn’t hungry). Honestly, I was going to pick my battles, plus I didn’t want her waking up Tyson or the rest of the family. She was also way off her napping schedule (which is loose but I try to get 2-3 naps a day for her), but she had also been off it the previous week, so I couldn’t very well do anything about it.

She was so tired from all the stimulation–Monday and Tuesday she FINALLY napped–and even took a nearly 3 hour nap while we had lunch and walked around Old Town with my family after a 1 hour nap that morning! But we were all proud of the little nugget, and I felt like all the grandparents and aunts and uncles got some really good, highly interactive time with her.

4) She is loving avocado and getting better and better at it! If only she’d eat what ACTUALLY gives her calories lol. But we are working on that. 

5) Some things we did to make her travel easier:

*We packed our own audio baby monitor, her sound machine, and her “travel” blanket (the one that we use with the stroller), and I am so glad that we did. Those things + the swaddle (which we keep her arms out of) really helped her feel more at home. The sound + smells + security were instrumental in getting her to sleep!

  • Favorite toys that are highly interactive to mix in with wnew toys and people: rattles, crinkle paper (aka baby crack), Sir Flurf (the unicorn), and the reintroduction of Wubs

  • We kept to our time zone–We didn’t try to shift her an hour forward and then an hour behind or whatever. Honestly, it made things easier!
  • Tried to feed her in quiet places that smelled like us: our room/bed (like when she was a newborn and I nursed her in bed) mainly

  • Reverted back to some sleep “crutches”–allowing her to sleep in a rock n play or in her carseat

  • Kept an eye on her with regards to when she was getting overly stimulated and tired to intercede before she lost her marbles.

Overall, I’m super duper pleased and pumped with my kiddo. Plus, I’m not going to lie, it was pretty great to have other people to entertain her all day, lol. Now, what am I supposed to do with her? She’s probably saying the same about me!

I’ll be back with some more highlights from the trip!

Looking forward: Ridley comes home this morning! Alex has fellowship graduation (he isn’t graduating, but supporting our friends) tonight. We have the Liver Walk tomorrow morning, brunch with friends after, and Ellen’s graduation party tomorrow night. We might be going to a kiddo birthday party on Sunday, but it will depend on Alex’s schedule (he might have to pick up a shift for someone).

Did you travel much as a kid?

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  • Reply Carla

    Ahhhhh. You know me I’m always honest. It is so freaking bittersweet to read your writing. It reminds me so much of a happier time in my world and yet I’m able to step back and smile and embrace yours as well

    June 8, 2018 at 5:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I love you Carla. I am so sorry for what you are going through, and I am so proud of you for the way you continue to be an amazing person and parent.

      June 8, 2018 at 5:34 am
  • Reply Maureen

    I’m glad Emmie did so well overall with traveling and being in a new place. Having extra hands was probably a slight relief for you and Alex since everyone loves a baby. Enjoy having Ridley back 🙂

    June 8, 2018 at 8:30 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It really was a relief! But now I have to figure out what to do with her haha

      June 11, 2018 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    We had a wonderful time with Emmie. She was surrounded by adoring relatives for 5 days. (We sort of came and went.)
    As her mom did before her, I wonder if some of the nursing issues may be Emmie’s desire to see everything and everyone going on around her. She doesn’t want to miss out on anything!
    For example, it took two grandmas to change a diaper. One of us to try to contain her wiggling little body while she laughed at our antics, the other to try to wrestle the needed item on her while she laughed at us.
    Maybe she is at the point where she wants to see the crowd and doesn’t want to miss a trick.
    I was very proud of Emmie, and extremely proud of my daughter who surrendered her baby to a bunch of loving loons!
    It was a wonderful trip….and we all needed a nap when we got home….

    June 8, 2018 at 8:34 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      LOVE YOU. And it was a nice change. I only had a few minor freak outs 😀

      June 11, 2018 at 11:11 am
  • Reply Deborah Brooks

    Traveling with little ones is always challenging! Did you ever think you would need so much “stuff” to come along with you for one small baby? Those infant days were so exhausting and yet now I kind of miss them so much

    June 8, 2018 at 8:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I already miss parts of them, lol, but I am ready for certain aspects to be over… I’m sure those challenges will only be replaced by new ones!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:10 am
  • Reply Samantha

    Duuuuuude leap 4 is a beast! We’re in Boston now for a family wedding. One flight down and he was a rockstar at the late rehearsal dinner and had a shockingly good night. Totally relate to picking your battles and naps are anywhere they’ll happen. Good job, mama!

    June 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It looks like everything else went well! Can’t wait to see you on Friday!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:09 am
  • Reply The Curious Frugal

    Glad it went so well! Sometimes they surprise you and do better than you expected. I remember being all unsure about traveling with Squish and I just love it! She’s my fun little travel buddy 🙂

    June 8, 2018 at 1:58 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well that makes me feel way better about my upcoming solo flight with her!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:09 am
  • Reply angela

    Our first flight with kids was when my babes were about 5 months old. It was a challenge but went way smoother than I anticipated. I think the buildup with all the horror stories had me prepared for anything.

    June 8, 2018 at 4:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      But think of how it would have gone if you HADN’T prepared for everything!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:08 am
  • Reply Suzlyfe's mommy, Clare

    I also think that when a baby (she) is in a new “space” or environment, and is surrounded by such positive love, she knows that she is safe, secure and very much loved.
    That was the vibe for all of us–it just felt RIGHT!

    June 9, 2018 at 11:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I agree–I don’t think it would have gone nearly as well if there had been one bit that was different!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:06 am
  • Reply Rae

    Anyone who travels with a baby is seriously a superhero in my book. It takes so much planning, preparation, and confidence. Bravo to you and Alex. I’m glad she did so well and that you were able to have good family time!

    June 10, 2018 at 9:52 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      You’ll be doing it soon…. or just camp out for a while!

      June 11, 2018 at 11:05 am
  • Reply heather

    Milk production is rough when they are distracted. It also makes it hard because you feel like you’re nursing all the time again and just fighting to latch on and nurse on long enough! So glad she had a fun time. We went to Houston when A was like 5 months old and we totally went withthe flow, too, and just did what we had to. It all worked out when we got home!

    June 10, 2018 at 8:05 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      She’s already settling back in to her nap schedule, but she is still super fussy with feeding. I’m hoping she just leaves this phase behind soon…

      June 11, 2018 at 11:04 am
  • Reply Kristy from Southern In Law

    Travelling with kiddos is no joke. Jesse’s family think we’ll travel with our kiddos to see them all the time – but even the thought of a 28 hour travelling journey makes my hair turn grey. We’ll see when we get to that!

    I traveled quite a lot as a kid – mostly domestic travel but a few trips back and forth to the US from age three and up (my sister was 16 months old though!)

    June 11, 2018 at 5:50 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I remember traveling a bunch as a kid as well, but I have no clue as a baby. Also, security was a bit different… and um 28 hours with a kid??????
      F*(& that. 😀

      June 11, 2018 at 11:04 am
  • Reply San

    I am so glad Emmie did so well… I think she looks a lot like Alex right now (do you hear that a lot?).

    June 12, 2018 at 4:46 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It is so funny–I hear equally that she looks like him or that she looks like me!

      June 18, 2018 at 11:52 am
  • Reply Julie Running in a Skirt

    I’m so glad it went ok! She sounded like she did overall great. Good luck getting back on track this week.

    June 13, 2018 at 7:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      SHe really did. You know me, I always nitpick, but I was really proud of her!

      June 18, 2018 at 11:50 am

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