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The Kids' Log: July 1-8, 2012

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Greetings from sunny (but mild) California! We arrived late Friday night. Our last week in Dallas was a frenzied blur of activity. Packing and moving halfway across the country with an infant and a wild toddler running is no joke! It was as if they conspired to make things a million times harder.

They took turns keeping us up every night. We'd get one to sleep and the other would wake up on cue and disrupt our sleep or packing. Girlfriend stayed up past 1 am on our last night in Dallas! Then Desmond decided to start teething in the middle of all the madness. Yes, I said teething...he is showing all the signs (rubbing his gums, hardcore drooling, trouble sleeping, slight temperature). Thank goodness for Sophie the Giraffe.

Marlie was not to be outdone. She did her part by taking stuff out of boxes and just plain acting like an escaped zoo animal.We tried our best to explain to her what moving away meant without making it sound like a big deal. Everyday she asked if it was time to get on the plane to go to "Cali-forna," pronouncing it just like the former Governor. But I think she still took the changes hard. She even told me that she wanted to keep this house and she woke up in the middle of our first night here crying that she wanted to go home. Hence she has been acting out more so than normal. She kept peeing on herself and we tried to be understanding as much as possible while reinforcing the message that she is a big girl now and shouldn't be going to the bathroom on herself. Finally we went and bought disposable pull-ups because stopping every few hours to wash soiled panties was getting to be a bit much. Hopefully, she will calm down and get back on the potty train once we're settled. She did use the toilet in the hotel which is a good sign. This is a HUGE change and I'll try my best to exercise patience with her.

The view from our downtown San Francisco hotel room
I just want to give a big momma-thanks to Virgin America for making our plane ride stress-free (this is not a sponsored ad). The very nice check-in and gate agents, the super sweet flight attendants, and the efficient pilots who got us here 30 minutes early made for a ultra smooth trip. After this experience I am done flying that other carrier who I won't mention by name (but their initials are AA). 

We spent Saturday decompressing and having brunch with a friend in SF before moving into our temporary housing in the Laurel District in Oakland. We are all pooped, but so happy to be starting our new lives in the Bay Area!

Toddler Log: 2 Years 46 Weeks Old:
Marlie was a butt munch on the plane! I don't want to fly anywhere with her for a long time. I hope she gets over this phase soon because I am exhausted from all the whining, demanding, and defiant behavior. Her saving grace is her charm. Everything out of her mouth these days is why? what's that? and again! Latest Marlie Logic:
  • she can't take too many books on the plane or it will go down 
  • daddy can't be a princess because he has a tail
Baby Log: 13 Weeks Old:
Desmond did great on his first plane ride! He slept most of the 3.5 hours which was a welcome relief.
His baby vocabulary is developing. His favorite "word" is "oin" (like Marlie's was "gee"). He is acting more like a baby twice his age, he's mastered rolling over from his stomach and he is doing everything in his power to make it from his back to his stomach, crawl, sit up, and stand. I guess watching his sister makes him want to be mobile. He has a smile for everyone he meets and they comment on how engaging he is. He really does love interacting with people and tries to mimic their talk and movements. He cracks up when I tickle his legs. I need to get him on video.


Anonymous said...

Yay welcome sister! I'm glad you guys made it safely. we will be seeing you guys soon!

Candace said...

Yay! Glad you got there safe and are settling in!

Momma Told Me said...

That's great that your youngest slept....as for Marlie, they don't call it Terrible Twos for nothing ;)

Kristin said...

I applaud you...I barely want to fly, period. LOL. It really sounds like you handled it with great aplomb.

And, I want to move to CA soooo bad...jealous!!

Aeryn Lynne said...

Wow! Moved to CA!? So jealous! :) I've never used Virgin airlines yet, but I keep hearing the best stories about them.

Maureensk said...

Pretty much looks like a typical day in San Fransisco. You kind of always have to have a light-weight jacket with you, because the temperature can drop really quickly there. The flight and packing sounds like it was very stressful. I still don't know how you managed to do it all so quickly. Good luck with house hunting in one of the most expensive areas in the country! (I LOVE San Fransisco and surround vicinty, we just can't afford to live there). W elived in Gilroy for a while, it is the garlic capitol of the world and it really does smell like garlic a lot of the time. Plus it is hot as "you know what" there, but that is as close to living in San Fransisco as I have ever come. We've often considered the are just North of San Fransisco, which isn't as expensive, but then hubby would have a horrible commute as he'd have to work in the Silicon Valley.

LOVE MELISSA:) said...

I am so glad you are there sound! The toddler stage is hard with a move but you will LOVE it!

Kimberly Grabinski said...

Glad you got there safe despite a certain "someone's" attempts to prevent going at all LOL. We moved when Jake was 3 right before Abby was born and I remember he kept asking when we were going back to our old house. It didn't take long though for him to find plenty of things to love in our new place.

Anonymous said...

Glad you made it there safely. Looks like this is a big change for the toddler. They'll get used to it, but maybe need some convincing why they'll like the new area.

Quiana said...

Oh wow - that sounds like it was intense but glad you made it safe and sound! Yes, Virgin is fantastic. I've only taken them to London but DH took it to Vegas last summer and we'd like to take it when we go there in September for Blogalicious. Can't wait to here more about Cali life!

Mrs. Pancakes said...

This is such an exciting time in your life...I can't wait to hear all skit Cali!

Help! Mama Remote... said...

I'm so glad you all made it safe. I'm sure they will adjust as soon as you all get settled. It was always hard taking my kids somewhere else. They would never sleep at night. I can't wait to hear about all the Cali forna happenings LOL. What has Marlie said about school? She's such a big girl.

Kim said...

My kids have never been on a plane - I'm impressed with how well Desmond did!!

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