Thursday, Matt took a day of vacation to hang out with his family. We had so much fun! Matt got to watch Jack at gymnastics and we worked on the landscape in our front yard. We didn’t get far, but the kids have a great place to dig in the dirt now!
And, yes, the kids did get a bath!
This is how I found Abby today….After lying on the floor for a while, she started to get fussy. I rolled her over to find a yellow spot on the carpet and her back looking like this. (Have I told you how much I love having a well-stained carpet? I don’t have to worry about explosive poop leaving a stain. It just goes with the rest of the cleaned-up-but-stained-anyway-spots. It’s awesome!)
Anyway, I realized that I haven’t given her bath…CONFESSION TIME…in over a month. Matt told me that the most vulnerable time for a baby’s skin in right after a bath because you wash away all the protective bacteria. I’ve have taken it to the extreme this time, but I do have a tendency to not wash my kids unless they smell or visibly need it. I have a theory it gives them a better immune system, but I am probably just trying to justify myself.
Here is a pic of the Klean Kitten!
Yes, I braved a 10 1/2 hour trip with three kids in the backseat and no husband. It would have been a breeze if Abby was over 1 year and eating solid foods, but a nursing 4-month old makes it interesting. We pulled over on the side of the road to feed her a couple of times, but we made other stops to eat, use the bathroom, and get out some wiggles. There was only one point when Abby was screaming for an hour that I thought I might not make it, but then she slept for 2 1/2 hours straight! We had a great time visiting with Grandma Geissal, Grandpa Geissal & Grandma Andy, Uncle Ben, Aunt Lindsay, and our new niece Alexandra, Aunt Karen, and Uncle Larry. The kids loved being on the farm, eating on the screened-in porch, playing with the dogs, hiking at the local parks, and visiting the children’s museums. Here are a few pics…