It wasn’t all fun and games this weekend. On Saturday I went with mommy and daddy to Grandpa’s office (for those that don’t already know, my Grandpa Mike is a dentist). Things were going great until Grandpa discovered that Mommy had a bad filling. We consulted and decided that it should be fixed. (Dad note: I think the issue was pretty minor, I think Grandpa just wanted to be able to say he had something to do with mommy’s beautiful smile
With my help, Grandpa fixed mommy right up. I’m glad – I like mommy’s smile a lot!
Grandpa and I consulting on the proper course of action...
I sat right on mommy and kept an eye on things - I don't have teeth yet, so I'm very protective of my mommy's...
Grandpa said I did a good job holding the mirror for him...
The finished product - mommy still has beautiful smile - mission accomplished!
I’m going to come clean. I was told that Thanksgiving was this great meal. In fact, I watched Grandma Jill cook for two days straight. She made all types of interesting dishes. I, of course, have no idea what any of them were, but they certainly looked yummy. (Dad note: they were!)
So I get all dressed up, expecting a break from my breast milk routine … and what happens? I get squat. Same old milk. And to add insult to injury, mommy sat me on her lap and ate over my head all night. What a tease!
(Don’t feel bad for me though – I got mommy and daddy back. I quickly learned that every time they brought me into this one particular room in Grandma & Grandpa’s house, it meant they wanted me to go to sleep. No matter how tired I was, I just went ballistic every time they tried to bring me into that room. Ha! That will show them to keep me from yummy food!)
Thanksgiving kicked off (literally) with Maile’s second tailgate in as many weeks. She’s becoming an old pro at these things – although she’s probably starting to wonder why we come all the way to a parking lot to hang out if we never actually go watch any football!
This time Maile got to meet some good dudes from Boston – about half of daddy’s close friends from high school – St. John’s Prep in Danvers, MA. The best part for Maile was meeting two new friends: Maggie and Gannon! Gannon is a few months older than Maile, but Maggie is almost a year older. She will definitely be teaching Maile some new tricks as they get older…
Luckily, Auntie Brooke was also there and she snatched daddy’s camera right away and took lots of pictures – see the slideshow for the highlights!
(PS – And we’d be remiss if we didn’t mention that the brothers Gillis did an excellent job cooking up the pork products – we had bacon, pork steaks and sausage and cheese sandwiches. More details to follow – but daddy and his friends bought a pig last spring and Uncle Ryan’s cousin raised it for them. It’s been all butchered up and they are having a big pig roast on Friday night – how fun is that!? The preview from the tailgate was delicious so we have high hopes for the rest.)
We just landed in Boston – incredibly the flight went very smoothly. Maile was an absolute angel on the flight. She slept for awhile, ate, met some new people and best of all played with Mommy and Daddy the whole way to Boston. In fact, the only time she cried was when she was getting OFF the airplane!
We didn’t arrive in Boston until 11 PM, so after some quick hellos to Grandma and Grandpa, Auntie Elyssa and Stephen – she went off to bed. Some quick pictures from our travel day below. More to come tomorrow and HAPPY THANKSGIVING to all!
Check out my cool travel duds!
Hmm... how does this milk bottle work?
Not sure what was in that "Snapple" milk, but it gave me bubbles!
My nanny, Megan, gave me this cool toy for the plane ride - I really enjoyed gnawing on it. Thanks Megan!
I am so excited to go to Boston tomorrow morning that I had A LOT of trouble falling asleep tonight. (Dad note: literally took 3 hours to get Maile girl down for good.) I can’t wait to see Grandma Jill, Grandpa Mike and Auntie Elyssa again. Plus I get to meet all of my Boston friends that mommy and daddy have told me so much about!
Below is a sneak peek of what you have coming your way!
And, of course, Safe travels to everyone who will be traveling tomorrow and Happy Thanksgiving!
Maile asked us if she could practice some of her tricks tonight in preparation for her big trip to Boston for Thanksgiving. We worked with her for awhile on rolling over. I think she is starting to appreciate her “audience” – she absolutely loved when we clapped for her.
We need to figure out a way to “clap” when she sleeps through the night – rolling over is cool and all, but the skill we most want her to master is sleeping and napping!
So embarrassing. Hey daddy, how about we act like we've been here before?
Saturday I attended my first football tailgate! It was down at Stanford University – where my daddy went to school. I have to say, big people get pretty funny at tail gates. Not sure what was in their milk, but things definitely got a little crazy. My friends Wills, Hannah and Allison were all there – we had great fun. My daddy’s friend Hector rented the biggest car I’ve ever seen (called an RV) and he cooked some food that looked absolutely delicious (of course mommy and daddy still refuse to let me try any of that stuff despite my longing looks and proficiency with my spoon).
Did I mention there was lots of “milk” drinking going on too?
Hey daddy, how about you save some for your daughter?
Someone also made these really cool cupcakes – they almost looked like toys. Daddy explained to me that Stanford’s mascot is a tree – I like trees (I always look at them when we go on walks) – so I think that’s pretty cool. (Dad note: I completely forgot who actually made the cupcakes so I apologize for not giving proper recognition. Too much milk perhaps.)
Hard to tell from this angle, but the trees are actually frosting on ice cream cones sitting on cupcakes!
And the ear muffs mommy bought me worked out perfectly! There was a full dj set up right behind us, but I still managed to catch a few zzz’s!
All in all, despite the result (the Mighty Cardinal fell to Cal) – it was an awesome day and I can’t wait until my next tail gate!
Surprisingly, I actually like these things. Quite comfy...
... although they do kind of push my cheeks together a little bit!
This weekend is Big Game – the annual football game between Stanford and Cal. Apparently, this is a big deal as my daddy is quite excited. I like watching football with him, so I figure going to an actual game should be lots of fun!
I did mention to mommy that I was a little concerned about all the loud noises. I am still a baby after all. Mommy consulted with Wills’ mommy (he’s an old pro and has been going to Stanford football games all season). Wills’ mommy suggested getting these ear muff thingies that I’m wearing in the picture. How cool is that? Now I’m all ready for the game! Go Cardinal!
(Dad note: I know this might shock you, but these baby ear muffs were not created to take babies to football games. Nope. They were created so you can take your baby … hunting. And I quote, “Great for taking the kids hunting and protecting their hearing from dangerous gun shot noise.” Yes, must protect the babies from the dangerous gun shot noise.
Bonus is that I guess I can take Maile hunting now. Click here if you want a pair for yourself.)
We’ve noticed a change in Maile over the past week or so – she seems much more curious about everything going on around her. She’s reaching out and grabbing objects more, she seems more directed in her playing and she is always looking around. When you hold her and walk around, her head is constantly swiveling from side to side.
(This might also be why she isn’t as excited about napping anymore – just too much interesting stuff going on to waste time sleeping!)
The past couple of nights I’ve had some good quality Maile time after work before she went to sleep. Last night I babysat because mommy went to a concert with her friends. Tonight, the whole family had some fun just playing around on the floor. Below are some pictures – I titled the post “curious” because as you can see, Maile is quickly becoming fascinated by the camera we often have stuck in her face!
What's this thing daddy's face is hiding behind? Can I see him in there?
Seriously, what you are hiding from me in there?
Good thing you aren't using the flash otherwise I'd be blind!
Please can I see the camera? Pretty please?
I won't break it. Promise. Tell him mommy. I'll be very careful. Baby pinky swear.