Madison and I took the much anticipated trip to Kansas City via an airplane. Jeremy helped us on Saturday morning get ourselves through the ticket counter and to the security checkpoint and then we were on our own at 6:45am. It is a lot of getting dressed and undressed with all the shoes and bags you have to take on and off through security. Madison did a great job. It is nice you can take milk and food with you for an infant. (Food is for everyone – milk for the infants.) We sat next to a nice band teacher from Kansas. He was headed back with his soon-to-be fiancé – also a band teacher, but here in Ohio. He was not irritated by Madison in the least and kept up decent conversation. Madison didn’t cry once the whole flight. She drank her milk on take-off and was sucking her thumb while sleeping on landing. Saturday was a big day – flight, meeting Kristin’s family, getting to see the resident cat (Ruby) and dog (Max), Mark’s and John’s coming for dinner. Abby (John’s youngest daughter) followed Madison around all night – even feeding her dinner! Here they are in the kitchen and Madison hanging out with Matthew on Sunday morning. He left on Monday early morning for business, so it was a shorter visit with him.
Although she was in good spirits, she was exhausted by bedtime. All seemed well, until about 11:30 when I heard her crying. When I went in, I discovered she had thrown up. She has never done this, so it was a new experience for both of us. I got Kris to help change the sheets, and put her back down. She threw up again about 30 minutes later, and we went through the whole routine again. The rest of the night was fine. She woke up a little more clingy and not quite herself. On Monday, she woke up with a low-grade temp, so we took her to urgent care to make sure there wasn’t an ear infection or strep throat or anything else that would need antibiotics started before our flight on Tuesday. It was just some kind of virus. By Monday night she was doing a little better. On Tuesday, she was walking again, although she wasn’t too interested in others cuddling her – just mommy. Although I long for her cuddles, sometimes a break is nice too :) Here are some cute (and a little pathetic) pictures of the little sick-y.
Since she was sick and the weather was gloomy and cold the whole time, Kristin and I just hung out, talked, watched movies, and ate most of the time. It was relaxing – maybe a little boring for my always-on-the-go cousin. Madison battled sickness, but more exciting to watch, battled her fear of the unknown with her curiosity of the dog. She clung tight on Saturday whenever Max was around. Ruby (the cat) was a bit scary, but not as much as Max. Max was actually very calm and didn’t get very close to her much. By the end, she was walking by him – if she was holding my hand – and she would reach her hand out to touch him from her highchair. She was even calling his name! Max and Madison…
On Tuesday before her afternoon nap, we decided to go to a park to see geese, ducks, and take a short walk. It was good to get out of the house for all of us. This is Kristin and Madison checking things out:
And finally, the flight home. Our flight took off at 6:30pm. The man next to us moved up to an empty group of seats at an exit row. That was very nice. Madison and I could spread out her things – sippy cup, snacks, blanky, etc. There was a lady a row behind on the other side of the aisle that “played” with Madison for almost the entire trip – funny faces, waving, peek-a-boo, etc. It was fantastic. Madison said hi to her and everyone else in our vicinity. She received many compliments for her behavior as people were exiting the plane. Here she is sitting in our seat.
We met Jeremy (after a few attempts at finding the correct exit by me) outside. Madison started smiling and said hi dada when she saw him. It was a late night. She went to bed right away. I followed shortly after. Today, we are both catching up. Jeremy held down the fort here – installed a new closet system, put in a new stereo in his car, hooked up this little digital box to our TV, and other things. I haven’t had a chance to hear the full scoop on how he enjoyed his time. All in all it was a great experience. All my worrying (as usual) was for naught. She was a fantastic traveler – we may need to go somewhere else! Until later….