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Monday, November 27, 2006

Thanksgiving Trip

Well, we survived our trip to PA and OH for Thanksgiving. It was a great vacation, but we are all glad to be back home. When all was said and done we had a little over 24 hours of total driving time (excluding all stops). That was A LOT of time spent in the car with a 4 month old, but Hannah did great. We estimate that she maybe cried a toatal of 2.5 hours the entire trip when you add up all of her unhappy times and at least a 1/2 hour of that she had a confirmed poopy diaper that we had no where to stop and change until we made it to the next rest stop. I can't blame her for crying that time. I'd cry too if I was stitting in poop! I must admit that the entire trip went much smoother than I expected. I was definitely happy to be wrong about my predictions on that! :)

We started off the first leg of the trip by driving to Ohio to stay at Baba's. Hannah had a blast there. She got to visit with her great grandma (Baba), her Pap (Barney) and Mindy, and her Uncle Kevin. Baba of course spoiled her rotten by holding her and giving her lots and lots of attention! Baba also gave her a brand new snowsuit and some baby clothes that used to be Kyle's when he was little! Hannah watched the Ohio State/Michigan game on Saturday and really enjoyed herself (That girl loves her football!) except for all the times Barney, Kyle, Kevin let out shouts because of good plays. I think they scared her so bad that they made her cry no less than 3 times!

From Ohio, we drove to Cressona, PA to visit Kyle's Uncle Ted. This was Ted's first time meeting Hannah and he commented on how alert she was (man if we only had a dollar for every time we heard that!). Hannah also got to meet her 2nd cousins John and Sabrina for the first time. Kyle and I hadn't seen them since our wedding so we were glad to get to see them. From Cressona we drove to St. Clair, PA to stay with Kyle's Uncle Jimmy and Aunt Bonnie. While there we got to see Kyle's two cousins plus Sean's 3 kids as well as Pop, and Dot and Tom. The house was very busy while we were there, but Hannah got TONS of attention so she didn't mind one bit! From St. Clair we drove to Hershey, PA for Thanksgiving Day at Kyle's Uncle Brian and Aunt JoAnn's house. While there Hannah got even more attention from two of Kyle's cousins (Sarah and Catherine). We had ready made babysitters whenever we needed them! From Hershey we drove back to OH to spend the night at Baba's then on to home the next day. It was a LONG trip, but it was so great to see everyone and we were glad that they all got to meet Hannah in person.

During the trip Hannah continued to work hard on rolling over from her tummy to her back, but she is still unable to do it. Hannah also continued to practice eating her baby cereal and is coming right along in that department. She's eating it much thicker now and even ate an entire bowl of it for Baba! Since there wasn't room to take the highchair in the car we used her stroller as a make-shift highchair during the trip and it worked pretty well. One weird thing that we discovered on our drive was my amazing ability to put Hannah to sleep without doing anything. At times Hannah would grow tired of being in the car and would begin to scream. I would turn around in my seat, put her pacifier in her mouth and hold it there for less than a minute and Hannah would instantly fall asleep! It was like pushing an off button! It was the weirdest thing we have ever seen. This DOES NOT work outside of the car, but thankfully for us it did work during our many drives. Even as we came to expect it and Kyle would be counting down the seconds until she was asleep, it would still always take us by surprise and freak us out a little bit because it was such an abrupt change. Screaming to sleep in 3.0 seconds with no in between! WEIRD!

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