Erin Virginia

Location: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Monday, November 26, 2012

Grandma Rhonda and Papa Mike

Chris' mom stayed with us for a weekend before heading over to watch Lilly and the boys at their home in Eden Prairie while Allison and Rob attended a wedding in Philadelphia. We had a lot of fun shopping and eating out at some of our favorite restaurants with both Rhonda and Mike, who flew in later in the week. Fiona spiked a temperature and was pretty crabby while Rhonda stayed with us, but she recovered. Before Rob and Allison flew to Philadelphia, Rhonda bravely offered to watch all four grandkids one evening while Rob, Allison, Chris and I watched the new James Bond movie in the theater (Chris and Allison are slightly obsessed with James Bond).

Mike and Rhonda with all four grandkids: Lilly, Evan, Isaac and Fiona
Rhonda made Lilly and Fiona beautiful, matching dresses. ´╗┐

Lilly is a wonderful cousin: she loves holding Fiona, brings her toys and books and checks to make sure Fiona is okay if she's crying. I'm excited for Lilly and Fiona to have each other and hope they stay close.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Fiona - 4 Months

Fiona is 4 months old today. At her doctor's appointment Monday, she weighed 14 lbs, 9 oz and measured 25 inches. She is in the 50-75th percentile for height/weight and 25-50th percentile for head circumference. The pediatrician went back and forth but decided to refer us to a specialist to get Fiona's head measured due to a flat spot on the back. Her head doesn't look very flat to me, but I guess if an intervention (likely a helmet) needs to be done, it's best to start now. The pediatrician did say head flatness has no bearing on brain development - it's only cosmetic.

This last month has felt significantly easier for me. Fiona generally falls asleep between 8:30 - 9:00 pm and isn't as needy in the evenings. Over the past couple weeks, her chattiness level has increased, especially if Chris or I put our faces close to hers and "talk" back to her.

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Family Trip to Boston

As a belated transition back to work, I scheduled a trip to Massachusetts to catch up with my co-workers. Chris took a couple days off work, and we flew Fiona out with us to introduce her to Boston. In anticipation of long lines due to Hurricane Sandy, Chris and I arrived at the airport well in advance of our flight Wednesday afternoon, but we zoomed right through check-in and security. Fiona was perfect on the flight, although she had a major meltdown at the hotel in Marlborough later. On our way from the airport to our hotel near my work, we swung by Harvard Square where Chris grabbed a couple slices at his favorite pizza joint, Pinocchios. Thursday and Friday, I worked at the office, while Chris took care of Fiona and met up with friends Joe and then Logan those days. My wonderful co-worker, Barb, threw a Thai take-out party at her house Thursday night, and everyone took turns holding Fiona.

Our seasoned, little traveler´╗┐
Fiona and Steph, Barb's daughter´╗┐

Friday evening, we had dinner in Walpole with friends, Brandon and Adrienne (we spent our last New Year's on the East Coast at their cabin in New Hampshire).  Brandon and Chris worked together at American Tower for a short period. The last time we saw them in Massachusetts neither of us couples had kids, but since then, Adrienne gave birth to a beautiful little girl, Abigail, who is 10 months now, and we, of course, now have Fiona.

Saturday, Chris and I stopped at our favorite sushi restarurant in Watertown and then drove around Boston, through our old neighborhood in Belmont (stopping for coffee at our local Starbucks), along the Charles River and into Back Bay. We booked a hotel near the North End and tried to go out for seafood Saturday evening, but the lines were too long and Fiona was too fussy. We made up for it Sunday before our flight out by grabbing oysters in Harvard Square.

I've been to Massachusetts several times since we moved back to Minnesota, but it felt different having Chris with me this time - like a nostalgic normal. It felt as though we should get in our car and walk through the door of our house in Belmont where all our furniture would be arranged as though we never moved. Then again, Boston felt a little different, not quite as much "our" city anymore.