PA Baby!

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You guys. It’s Friday again! I can’t seem to keep my excitement down, and today for more reasons than usual. (And seriously, I manage to find something to look forward to every Friday.)

Today, after work, we will be embarking on a journey we haven’t made in too long. Since last November, to be precise. For the first time in 8 months, we are making the long trip to Pennsylvania!

**Update: I added the title, which immediately reminded me of the Friends episode where they all go to London for Ross’ wedding. Joey’s key phrase, to Chandler’s dismay, was “London, baby!” And then he proceeds to “get into the map.” Gah. I love it. You should just watch it. P.S. Did you know i’m a die-hard Friends fan? Yep. Okay, moving on.

Caleb’s entire family lives in south-central PA, and thank goodness we’ve seen a handful of family members many times in the last 8 months, but I can’t tell you how excited we are to be going. The sights, the smells (farmland… HELLO.), the way of life… we’re ready to be back. I can already tell you though, the week is going to fly by, and we will leave longing for another week or entire summer out there with them.

This visit will be special in more ways than just the usual “absence makes the heart grow fonder.” We will get to meet our new niece Elsie who turned 1 month yesterday, and we will also get to see Ava interact with her cousin JT. This will be the first time she is old enough to play with him, and I am looking forward to that immensely. JT is a full year older than Ava, so last time we saw him he wanted to play with her, and she couldn’t even sit up. BIG TIME CHANGES! It will be a blast.

So now the only thing standing between us and our family vacation is a partial day of work (complete with making sure everything is ready to run smoothly without me for an entire week), a quick dinner and packing session, and a 9 hour car ride with a hopefully sleeping 1 year old. 

Want to know what we’ve been up to this week? Well, Ava is standing solo, so that should mean walking soon, right? We’ll see. She stands for a minute or so before resuming her crawl, but she’s sturdy and confident which means no falls! We just have to wait for her to realize she can move on her own. And YOU GUYS. This girl is LONG. I snapped this picture of her this morning. I can’t imagine what a kid in the 90th percentile is like if she’s already this long. 

Ava sleeping long

Due to her length, I’ve started wondering about moving up to the next sizes of things. Car seats, beds… okay, so pretty much only car seats and beds have crossed my mind. Both are topics for another day though. She’s about ready for a new car seat, but the bed will be awhile for obvious reasons (uh, she’s only 1). 

This has kinda been a rambling of topics, but I’m hoping to use part of my vacation to get back on track with posting. There has been too much going on that requires my attention during my after-baby-hours of the day to get my blogging in, and I plan to remedy that.

See you in PA!