We got Gia a cot to sleep on while traveling this week, since she’s pretty much out grown the pack n play. She sleeps on a cot at daycare, so she should be used to it. I put her to bed tonight, and I stayed with her a while to make sure she didn’t get out of bed. She seemed okay, so I left while she was still laying there counting to herself. We heard her talking for a while on the monitor, but she never fussed and fell asleep pretty quickly. I went back to check on her later, and this is what I find. She got off her cot, crawled under the bed, and fell asleep there. If you look closely, you can see her drool mark on the pillow on the floor.
I pulled her out and put her back on her cot.
Today at daycare they had Thanksgiving Lunch for the parents, so I got to eat (separately) with both Valentina and Gia. They were both excited to see me in the middle of the day, which was nice. Valentina sat in my lap and ate mashed potatoes, stuffing, green beans, apples, and even a little turkey. She tried everything and ate a ton.
Gia, on the other hand, only ate baked apples and pumpkin pie. Here she is shoving a big slice of apple in her mouth. I tricked her into taking a bite of potatoes and she spit it out. I think she would’ve liked it if A) I hadn’t been there to distract her, and B) the apples hadn’t been on her plate from the start. Lessons learned for Thursday. This will be the best Thanksgiving ever!
We’re heading to Mark’s house tomorrow. I’m going to try to post frequently while there, because there are a bunch of new features in the iOS app that need to be tested, so I’ll hammer on those with the iPad. This post here is being written on the new Mac desktop app. I like it a lot, you should check it out! Windows and Linux clients are coming soon.
Tonight daycare did a “Parents’ Night Out”, where they kept the kids for a couple extra hours. So Jen and I took the chance to go see The Martian. It was really good. I’m no expert, but the science behind it all seemed pretty reasonable until the very end. I won’t give anything away, but the whole “Iron Man” thing really bugged me as unrealistic. But overall a very good movie. Plenty of tense moments mixed with a lot of Matt Damon just being a goofball talking to himself.
We saw it at the Springfield Town Center, and this was the first time we’ve gone there. The seats all recline with foot rests. It’s like watching a movie in a La-z-boy. Outstanding.
During the movie I got a call from daycare saying that Valentina was running a slight fever and was a little fussy, but we didn’t need to pick her up yet. So we called back after we left the theater and they said she was okay, so we went ahead and finished our date night by going to dinner at Saratoga Pizzeria, a little Italian/Greek place near our house. It’s nothing special, but the sauce on their pizza is fantastic.
And of course afterward we went and got the girls. V was really fussy, but mostly because she hadn’t really napped much. She passed out pretty quickly once we got home.
I’ve been terrible the last week or so about keeping up with posting every day like I was planning. So it goes.
To catch up, here are a couple of galleries. First up, Halloween!
Next up, we had some professional photos taken by Beth T yesterday, and they came out great! Here are a few highlights:
By request, here’s a video of Valentina standing up. Gia’s a little reluctant to let Val use her stool, but that’s okay.
A bunch of us get together every year and go to Snead’s Farm in Fredericksburg, VA every fall to pick pumpkins. They have a ton of activities for kids, and everyone has a lot of fun. This was only our second year going…we went when Gia was just a few weeks old, but missed last year due to weather. This year the weather was perfect, though. A little chilly to start, but warmed up quickly.
Jen and I forgot to bring our good camera, so this was all taken with my phone: