Monday, February 28, 2011

Not quite what we planned...

So, last weekend didn't quite turn out as we'd planned. That started on Friday. We braved the snow in the morning but by mid-morning I got a call that Jacob wasn't being himself. He wasn't as active in the morning and was complaining his head and throat hurt. Luckily, my office closed early due to the weather so I was able to go home, clear the snow from the driveway (thank God for our neighbor, who had already snowblowed most of it), and I made an appointment at the doctor's office. I figured that in the wake of his strep, and amidst a runny nose and all of these supposed ailments at daycare (he was supposedly tugging his ear one day, too), it wouldn't hurt to go get him checked once and for all. The poor kid is so traumatized from so many strep swabs and he freaked out, but he still had to get one more. And sure enough, positive. Seriously?!

I still feel lucky that his run-ins with strep aren't nearly as bad as they could be, but the big problem was that we were planning on seeing our friends, the Dohertys and McDonoughs, on Saturday. My parents were coming in mid-afternoon, and we were all going to visit Laurie, Colin, and Laurie's parents. We hadn't seen Laurie and Colin since last April, so we were really excited to get the boys together. Also, Laurie is pregnant and it would have been so fun to see her little baby bump! Last time we got to go through the experience together (a couple months apart), so it's a bummer that my "three years apart" plan didn't work because we could have done it again this time around. Still, I am so happy for them and very excited for when the baby comes--not just because I look forward to meeting him or her, but because I'll be interested to hear her stories of how she manages two kids. It is one of my biggest fears, so it will be nice to gain some insight from someone I know. Anyway...obviously the strep threw a wrench in our plans. Not only would it be a risk for Colin to get it, but the bigger risk was if Laurie got it. We didn't want to take any chances, so the visit was off. I'm not sure if we'll have a chance to see them again before the new baby, unfortunately, but hopefully that means we'll see them shortly thereafter!

My parents did still come visit and we went to the Knighthawks game that night. Jacob was his normal quiet self and wanted to spend most of the night on my lap. Other than his usual antics at dinner, he was a good boy. He was fading fast at the end of the night, but he did stay awake until after we were home. I knew it might make for a long day on Sunday, but what can you do? We hadn't been to a game in a while so it pretty much had to happen sometime!

During the game we sort of ended up deciding that we were all (me, Jacob and Craig) going to go to the National Lacrosse League All-Star Game, which was being held Sunday at Turning Stone Resort & Casino, which is in Verona, NY, just east of Syracuse. It would be a long drive but it would probably be an interesting time. So, we got up on Sunday and went. It was sort of fun to have an unplanned, spur-of-the-moment road trip, as we don't do a lot of that these days. Planning is sort of important when you have a toddler to consider, even if most of those plans get somehow screwed up. But it felt nice to have an unexpected fun outing. We had pondered stopping at a Cici's Pizza (that fabulous pizza buffet that you may have seen in commercials on TV--we've previously been to one in Orlando (when I was pregnant...best thing ever) and one in Erie last summer on our way back from Pittsburgh), but decided to get to the game early and hit Cici's for dinner on the way home.

I've been to Turning Stone once or twice before, but any trips were long before the resort is as it is now. We walked around a bit--mostly to let Jacob burn off some energy--and managed to catch this cute picture near this indoor waterfall.
We settled into our seats shortly before gametime with some arena food for lunch, and Jacob pretty much finished off a small box of popcorn on his own. And without further ado, the latest in our series of pictures of Jacob eating popcorn...
The game was a high scoring affair, but for some reason Jacob wasn't nearly as focused as usual. He was ready to run at halftime, and we found a nice open area for him to run. He was keeping the security folks entertained. Here he is showing off his shot...
While it was a fun event, I have to admit that the highlight for me was the giant Dale Chihuly piece in the lobby outside the entrance to the event center where the game was held. As you may recall, the weekend before I found out I was pregnant, I went with some family to see a Dale Chihuly exhibit in Pittsburgh. It was awesome. I also saw some of his work at the Corning Museum of Glass a couple summers ago. His work is so beautiful, and here are a couple shots of Turning Stone's piece...
And here's one more...
You wouldn't know it, but this one was taken amidst the most frustrating Jacob moment of the day. He was being downright evil at times. Again, sleep is really that important and seems to be a dividing line between pesky and just plain evil. So frustrating.
Things didn't get much better once we got to dinner, though at least we got to enjoy some tasty pizza (mac and cheese pizza, among others!) while trying to manage Jacob's misbehavior. Craig sat with him the whole way home and they watched a movie so Jacob would stay awake and go to bed normally. At least that part went according to plan and we all got a good night's sleep.

So, while the weekend was not quite like what I thought it would be, it turned out to be pretty good, frustrations aside. It went awfully quickly, and now here we are again at the beginning of another week. We'll see what this one has in store...

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