So, what happened in June? As I’ve already detailed the absolute most important day of the month, let’s take it week by week from there…
We’d decided before Sylvia was born that we wanted to have the first week with our new baby to ourselves so that we could bond a bit as a family. This ended up being a great decision – not only because we were able to get to know our new family member, but also because Sylvia was so sleepy that we didn’t need as much help as we did indeed need later. I was even able to spend several hours finishing up my school work for the year.
So, in that first week we did a lot of hanging out, walking around town, and taking pictures of the girls. Everything was thoroughly enjoyable – especially since I seem to have bounced back much quicker this time around. One of our favorite pictures ever comes from that first week:
Jeff did an amazing job taking care of us. Lots of cooking and cleaning and he hasn’t really stopped since! We were both psyched to receive a brand new grill from my parents as a Baby/Anniversary/Mother and Father’s Day/Birthday gift. Needless to say, it’s gotten quite a workout – thanks M & D!
My Mom came into town, eager to meet Sylvia, on Friday June 11th. Sylvee and I picked her up at the airport and still managed to make her wait, despite the fact that her plane was 3 hours late. I’m blaming Sylvia because my new mom, time management skills weren’t quite up to par yet! Mom called as I was rushing around Walmart at 10:00 PM, trying to decipher my list and simultaneously talk to my Dad (who’d had a few drinks) on the phone from Chile. It must have been a sight, but I would definitely recommend against taking a newborn to Walmart late at night – too creepy for me!
Mom’s visit went by way too fast! She got to spend a lot of time goofing off with Reese, going to the park and generally catering to all of my needs! The spending time with Reese part was awesome – Mom has so much more patience for playing dollhouse and making little families out of every object imaginable than Jeff and I do. Being that Sylvia requires so much of my full attention, it was so nice to see Reese thriving with Grandma. Reese even got up the courage to go down the scary, bumpy slide at the park! Of course Grandma got plenty of cuddle time with Sylvia as well
Mom also made the first pass on the lawn mower – with a lot of rain and our busyness concerning the arrival of Sylvia, the lawn had gotten extremely long, so it was a big and much appreciated job. While she was here, we discovered a nest full of baby robins outside Reese’s room – what a treat!!
Mom was just finishing up massage therapy school at the time of her visit. We are quite proud of her and I am certainly looking forward to reaping the benefits of her new skills. She left MT just in time to make it back to Vancouver for her course graduation and then start packing for their move to Santiago. It was hard to see her go, but it was easier with the knowledge that she’d be back in just a few weeks with my Dad.
The day after my Mom left, Jeff’s parents came into town. We kicked off their visit with a gallery tour of Carbon County. We started at the new Beartooth Gallery in Red Lodge and then headed to the Arts Guild. We then picnicked in the park and followed that up with a trip all the way to Joliet to see the Ringer Gallery. We would have done a few more galleries along HWY 212, but we have a baby and a two-year old so we were pretty pleased with our progress!
Saturday, June 19th was our 11th Anniversary and our friend JJ’s birthday (she might be old enough to drink now). So, in honor of these very important events, we had Nick and Jes over for a nice dinner. And in a strangely symbolic coincidence, we were witness to a beautiful double rainbow that was nearly identical to the one that appeared eleven years earlier during the rehearsal dinner for our wedding – very cool!
Sunday was Father’s Day, so we headed to Regis for a nice breakfast on the patio. Char cooked up a wonderful dinner and we ended up having Annie and Kate over at the last minute. They’d just gotten back into town and John was at a football camp. As usual, the girls had a great time together!
On the Monday of their visit, Sylvia had her second doctor appointment in Red Lodge. Unfortunately, I was feeling terrible and had a hard time getting my get up and go into gear. I finally made it and was so thankful that Bob and Char were around to take Reese to the park while Sylvia got checked out. She’s perfect. She’d already gained nearly a pound since birth and everything else looked great. The only concerns we had were the fact that Sylvia’s grunting and squealing at night is unbelievably loud (to the point that I slept with her for a few nights in the nursery so that Jeff could get some rest) and she’s got a weepy eye, which is apparently caused by an underdeveloped tear duct. The tear duct will definitely get better, but may take up to a year. The grunting…I guess we just have to deal with it…poor kiddo!
The rest of their trip was marked by several trips to the park and several delicious meals. I always enjoy the Pasco’s visit, but I was especially grateful this time around because through a combination of a stomach bug and a 3-week old baby, I was dragging and really truly needed their help! They took off on Thursday and on Friday, I was wishing they were still here because I had a clogged milk duct that caused a fever and completely threw me off my game!
Fortunately, by Saturday morning, I was back at 100ish % and was able to take Jeffrey and the girls to Bozeman for his Father’s Day Adventure. We started with a picnic and a tour of the Museum of the Rockies. It was a bit above Reese’s head, but she stayed thoroughly entertained between the dinosaurs and the gift shop. They also have an amazing, living history exhibit, which includes a transplanted homestead, complete with the house, the chicken pen, a blacksmith shop and thriving gardens – very cool! After a couple hours there, we grabbed some java and headed up Hyalite Canyon for an easy hike with the girls in the Chariot. Sylvia was a little bit fussy and seemed to do better when Jeff was pushing them quickly, so he shot ahead in an obvious attempt at the elusive 4 minute mile and proceeded to reach the destination – a beautiful waterfall – in about 5 minutes, while I mosied along at a much more reasonable pace and enjoyed being by myself in such a beautiful place. After a thorough feeding at the Falls, Sylvee allowed us to walk down together. I think both girls enjoyed the fresh mountain air…Jeff and I certainly did! After dinner, we headed back to Bozeman and had a great dinner at Ted’s Montana Grill. We were both pretty darn impressed with the food. We were seated outside, where there was some fun live music. Reese was on her last legs, but provided ample entertainment for us and the surrounding tables. One couple came up and said that we reminded them of themselves a few years earlier – because we looked exhausted – ha ha! Apparently they had two girls, about the same age difference. After dinner, we all piled in the car for the long drive home and then proceeded to veg out for most of Sunday. It was a great weekend and if nothing else, it provided us with the much needed proof that we can still get out there!
So, we were on our own for most of that week and I’m proud to say that we did pretty well, but we were certainly excited for Grandma, Grandpa, Uncle Casey and Aunt Shannon to come into town to help us celebrate the 4th of July!
That was June – in a just a little over a nutshell! Great company, Great memories and gearing up for more to come – what a fun month!!