Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Willa's First Easter Break

Greetings faithful blog readers,

Willa is officially done with all her "firsts" holiday wise. She was born the day after Easter Sunday last year, so this was her first Easter earth-side.

We were off for Good Friday, so we had a pretty leisurely morning. I let Brendan sleep in a bit, and once he was up, we all got ready for the noon church service. Willa and Brendan ended up spending the whole time in the nursery since there was no childcare, but at least I got to attend. We went straight from there to the grocery store and stocked up (it seemed like we were out of everything) before heading home to let Willa nap. After Willa's nap, we went to the other nursery (the plant one!) and got a few things for our never-ending hobby: the backyard and side yard. I owe you guys photos  of our progress. It was a BEAUTIFUL day (highs in the 70s), and Willa loved being outside and seeing all the plants.

After we got Willa down for bed, we still had plenty of daylight to use for working in the yard. Brendan planted stuff, and I pulled weeds. I filled a big bucket to the brim with weeds, and there are still a lot of them out there. We are committed to not using chemicals in our yard because doing so threatens the health of our trees and all the plants we love, so weeding is the price we pay. We've also lowered our standards, realizing that perfection is unattainable. More info on ditching chemicals and embracing the weeds in this NYT op-ed. I wrote tons of thank-you notes, and we watched the movie Crazy Rich Asians before heading to bed (cute).  

On Saturday morning, I got up with Willa and let Brendan sleep in, then we all got out the door and headed to the Y, so I could make a 9:15AM barre class. Willa went to childcare and Brendan worked out as well. My barre teacher on Thursday evening was a sub that normally teaches the Saturday morning class, and I found her class on Thursday so challenging. Saturday was really similar, and I was proud of myself for going. We had nice but hot weather (almost 90). Brendan weeded the front yard, I did some grading, and we all went for a family walk (note: this afternoon was so exciting that I literally couldn't remember any of it and had to ask Brendan for help recalling our day). We also facetimed with Gigi and Buddy. 

On Sunday morning, the Easter bunny left something special for Willa: 

She's really into touch and feel books, so If I Were a Rabbit was a big hit. Thanks Lelie for the bunny PJs! 

We all got dressed up for Easter. I have about as much time to "dress up" as you would think: 

Brendan pruned our roses to bring for flowering the cross at church. Willa stayed in the nursery while we enjoyed a lovely service. 

The church organized an egg hunt for the kiddos after the service. Willa LOVED shaking the eggs that she "found" and was all smiles. We got home and put on comfy clothes (thanks for the "my first Easter" onesie Gigi and Buddy!) 

Brendan made us an egg-cellent Easter dinner of fried halloumi cheese, herbed rice, and green beans. 

I wrote for a bit, and we watched the new episode of Game of Thrones before calling it a night. 

We are lucky to have Monday off, so our Easter break continued. Brendan let me sleep in, but I didn't wake up until 8AM, and I wanted to make it to 9AM barre class. Cue downing coffee and granola and throwing on workout clothes. Willa and Brendan came along too. After Willa's nap, I took Willa to the library, so Brendan could get some work done. Our local library is an awesome place for kids, but I normally avoid it because it's packed on the weekends. But on a Monday afternoon? Pretty much had the place to ourselves (minus a few other kids). Willa wasn't totally content to stay in the HUGE perfectly age appropriate play area...instead, she crawled all over the library, pulling up on shelves and getting mad whenever I deemed it necessary to move her. She was way interested in a big kids play table that she had to stand on her tip-toes to reach. Our girl is officially a toddler. 

I checked out a couple of books and spent the hours after Willa's bedtime reading the non-fictional book Bringing up Bebe (I'm almost 200 pages in). 

It was a lovely break, despite Willa resisting using a bottle or cup at all. I've been adding liquid to everything she eats, and we've ordered a fourth brand of sippy cup. I'm down to only nursing 2X a day, so we really need her to take milk from either a bottle or cup! Suggestions? 

The break was definitely over this morning when Willa woke up with a 101.7 fever. Brendan taught, then we switched off baby care, so I could make my one-on-one afternoon conferences. If you're thinking we've been sick a lot this semester, you're right. I think every other Monday or Tuesday one of the three of us is sick. It's been an extremely tough semester (not just for us, but for everyone in the division). Brendan facetimed me at work to tell me Willa's fever had gone up to 103.5. I was able to make her a late afternoon doctor's appointment and take her, so Brendan could get some work done. On the way home to get her, I frantically called my mom and basically begged her to "get in the car right now and come. Please." Brendan is organizing a huge poetry awards celebration on Thursday, and we are just swamped with end of the semester grading and needing to meet with students (finals are less than two weeks away). My mom packed up and left Austin immediately and made decent time (6 hours) despite stopping in Garden City (38 miles away) for a "Tornado watch" that she said was the scariest thirty seconds of driving she has ever done in her life! It turns out, Willa simply has a cold, which is good news, but she'll be out of school at least tomorrow. Over here, we had mothball sized hail, and I was so worried about my mom all evening. But she made it safe (and I'm up so late because I'm trying to wind down). 

Wish us sleep and wellness! 

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