Traveling with Viv was absolutely wonderful. All the flights - to and from Michigan and layovers - went absolutely swimmingly. We flew Southwest and I couldn’t recommend it enough! The open seating worked very well to our advantage because no one chooses to a) go to the back of the plane and b) sit next to a baby. In fact, I had a man flat out say to me “I’m not sitting by a baby!” in a very rude tone. Well good, I don’t want to sit next to a jerk! So on three out of four flights we had a whole row to ourselves and the other we still had an extra seat.
Once we finally arrived to Michigan, Pops was eagerly waiting to hold his grandbaby girl. They hadn’t seen each other since Viv was born! We got in really late so we drove straight home and all went to bed as soon as we got settled.
Wednesday we woke up and went to breakfast with my mom and Nana. It was Vivian’s first time meeting my nana, her Busha. After breakfast we ran a few errands to pick up the baby essentials I didn’t travel with (i.e. diapers) and then we took Vivi to meet my other grandparents, her GG and Gramps.
Thursday was a day to relax and catch-up on sleep and get used to the three hour time change. My friend Amanda came over and we went for a walk that ended up in a sprint for shelter because a thunderstorm came out of nowhere in record time! Vivian hated being rained on and screamed. Luckily we were able to hitch a ride back to my parents house instead of walk/running the 15 minutes to get home. That evening the great grandparents and my brother came over for dinner so we spent quality time with family and Vivian met her Uncle Jamers.
Friday Viv and I packed up and headed over to Tyler’s parent’s house across the state. Grandpa hadn’t seen Viv since she was a newborn either so he couldn’t wait to get his hands on her and cuddle. Tyler’s brother and sister-in-law came to stay for the weekend too so Viv got to meet her Uncle Nick and Aunt Sarah too.
Saturday we went to Miss Shirley’s - Tyler’s grandma - house for another meet-n-greet. Miss Shirley had the magic touch and bounced an overtired Vivian right to sleep. There was lots of Viv snugging and Grandpa got to spend lots of quality time with Vivian - he even let me take naps and sleep in while he and Vivi played.
Goodbyes are hard, but Sunday night after lots of relaxing snuggle and playtime with Nick, Sarah, Suzi and Steve with a visit from our friends Kyle, Lauren, Caitlin, Carl and their new baby girl Kinsey, we finally packed up shop to head back to the east side of Michigan.
Viv did great driving the 2.5 hours to and from Grand Rapids. I’m so glad she is a good traveler so far!
On Monday, we woke up early and had to return my rental car then had breakfast with Busha and M.E. again. After breakfast Viv and I went home and took a nice long and much needed nap together. That afternoon my friend Alex came to meet Vivian. We chit chatted and caught up while playing with my little miss. Then my aunts, uncles, cousin and grandparents came over for dinner to celebrate my Grandma’s birthday and also meet Vivian.
Tuesday I went for a walk before we had a constant flow of visitors. Some of my mom’s friends stopped by to see Vivian and then Alex came over again as well as my friend Ashley and her little boy, Jack, who is exactly three months older than Viv. We sat around and caught up before heading out for another walk (I did lots of walking with Viv over the entire trip).
That wraps up the first week of our trip to Michigan but I just don’t have time to finish writing about the second half. It is just too beautiful of a day today so once my little miss wakes from her nap we are heading out to the park. Time to go get ready!