So, we left Rochester Friday afternoon. I did something I swore I would never do - I sat in the back with the baby and not up front like a big girl! I had good reason - I wanted to keep Ryan awake as long as possible!!! We got slightly fussy just outside Niagara Falls, but all was well when we stopped at Mighty Taco for dinner - yummmmm. Seriously, if you ever find yourself in Buffalo, NY you MUST stop at mighty.
We then proceed to the border where we are allowed into Canada with a minimal fuss since we were not carrying weapons, produce, or illegal aliens with us. The boy slept straight through to Windsor, Ont! YAY for him! However, he then proceeded to be wide awake once we got to the hotel! Finally at 1:00am we all went to sleep.
Saturday Ryan got to swim in a real pool and he loved it! That boy is such a little dolphin - it was fun to watch him "swim". We had dinner with Rob's parents, his cousin and his wife and son, and their grandma. It was so nice to see everyone and to meet N. who was born in February. We had a baby gift for N. that we have had since before he was born (I crocheted an afghan and we got them a gift card to Babies *R Us). I am so glad they didn't ask me how much the gift card was for - I honestly don't remember!!!
Anyway, this kid is 5 months old and spends over 8 hours a day in a bouncy seat or swing! WOW! That is a lot of time to be immobile at that age. I checked Ryan's book when we got home and by 5 months he was rolling in all directions and rolling to get to things he wanted. By the end of that month he was sitting unassisted. Needless to say that I feel that N. needs some time out of a bouncy seat, but I am not one to give unsolicited parenting advice. Oh, and he is getting a sibling in March - yup, 13 months apart! God bless them
Dinner that night was at a Hungarian restaurant. Guess what I found out? Not such a fan of cabbage rolls - what exactly was that meat in them? Ewwww.
Sunday I met the rest of Rob's aunts, uncles, and cousins. We had fun - Ryan especially. I loved seeing Rob's grandparents with him - so cool that Ryan has 5 great-grandparents and one great-great-grandmother.
Sunday night - awwwww, Sunday night! Rob's parents took the boy for the night! I was so excited about this, but when it came right down to it I cried! YUP! here I am leaving my baby one room away with two people who think the planets revolve around him and I cried! But Rob and I got some much needed alone time (nudge, nudge, wink, wink!).
Monday was spent with even more family and then I got to go to Dairy Queen for the first time! It was pretty good, but what I really wanted to find was a Sonic! Where, exactly, do they exist? We don't have them here, they didn't have them in Detroit, but, OH MY GOD, those commercials make my mouth water! Seriously! A huge onion ring on a salad? Who thinks of such genius! Oh well.....
The trip home was not fun! We noticed a small leak on the passenger side floor and by the time we got home there were 2 inches of water on the floor and the car reeked! UGH! It is mostly likely a disconnected hose, but we will know for sure Friday. Thankfully it is still under warranty so it shouldn't cost us anything. Ryan melted down while we were in line for customs, so of course the customs officer pulled us over. Because clearly we must have been smuggling drugs into the country in our child or some other illegal activity to make him cry like that! Then Ms. Customs decided to quiz Rob on Ryan's birth certificate. I saw trouble brewing when she asked what time Ryan was born. I cringed, looked at Rob's panicked face, and saw us being thrown into Canadian jail. But Daddy pulled through (sort of) with "uh, um, a little before 4pm?" Good enough (it was 3:54 for those inquiring minds) for them and we were allowed into the U.S. of A!!! HURRAY!
Home was great! So were the 5 loads of laundry and $80 in groceries I had to take care of between 6pm and bedtime......
All in all, a great trip! I think the family liked me - and how could they not? Everyone is planning on coming to the wedding (leaving me to find 45 hotel rooms!) and Ryan was well loved by all!