Easter in DC

Whew... it's been an eventful week of traveling, visiting and unfortunately sickness. Sorry for the delay in writing this latest post. Sometimes life gets ahead of me. Actually... life gets ahead of me all the time, but that's motherhood. Unpredictable.  

James, Jamesie and I spent Easter weekend in Washington DC visiting James's sister, Eileen, who is a senior at Georgetown University. James's parents and eight younger siblings also made the trip down to DC for the holiday. Easter is a special time of year to me.  It is a celebration of my faith and the resurrection of Jesus Christ, and it is a time to be spent with family and well... eat chocolate.  It is when the flowers first begin to bloom (or in the case of this year, they are budding... right?), and the weather begins to change. Easter always falls close to my birthday, which I like. It really is just a wonderful time of year, and I feel blessed to have been able to spend it with people that I love.

James, Jamesie and I arrived in DC late Thursday night, and spent most of the day on Friday walking around Georgetown and visiting the Lincoln Memorial with James's sister Eileen.  Friday was a rainy day, but that didn't stop us from trekking around enjoying the sites and the company.  That evening the rest of James's family joined us and we all settled in, happy to be together.

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The Bob is such a reliable stroller, especially when traveling around outside and touring in a city like DC. It's a safe place with plenty of room for a jam packed diaper bags, coats, blankets and a baby carrier. Jamesie was sleeping in the stroller here.  

Jamesie was a little overwhelmed from the travels, the long day, and the excitement of seeing his grandparents and all of his aunts and uncles.  To settle him down, James and I took a nighttime stroll around Georgetown University with Jamesie cozy and safe in my Ergobaby 360 baby carrier.  Now that Jamesie is over 20lbs and 30+ inches long (and more wiggly than ever before) the Ergobaby is my go-to carrier. It suits my lifestyle so perfectly, and I can trust that it meets all of my baby's needs as well. Walking around Georgetown University, chatting with James in the sweet night air, was a perfect end to our first day.

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Me and Jamesie in front of some cacti at the botanic gardens. 

Saturday was busy and full of touring. In the morning we visited the United States Botanic Garden, where we visited various exhibits divided by plant types.  It was a fun environment for both adults and kids, and even Jamesie enjoyed looking at (and grabbing) the beautiful plants. My favorite part was the orchid gallery, but I'm a sucker for orchids. Following the gardens and a quick lunch, we hiked up to the Library of Congress.  Jamesie promptly fell asleep in the baby carrier and missed out on the splendor of the Library. This was my first time visiting the Library of Congress, and being a History major and a Thomas Jefferson enthusiast, I was especially excited about seeing Jefferson's Library.

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Me, James and Jamesie (who was happily snoozing) at the library of congress. Truly a spectacular building.

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Another view of the library of congress. You can see some people doing research. What a place to be while doing your research... makes me want to go back to school.

Before heading back to get ready for dinner, James and I met up with two of my college friends who are living in DC. We took a quick walk around the mall, happy to see each other and catch up for a short while. Saturday evening we had a lovely dinner at the home of Eileen's college friend.  Jamesie was tired, but fighting sleep throughout the whole dinner.  He is so aware of his surroundings now, and he just wants to be a part of everything.  He is such a trooper, and so tolerant of a busy schedule.

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I couldn't get enough of Jamesie in his adorable Easter outfit! I was a gift from his Aunt Virginia and Uncle Sean (my sister-in-law and older brother). 

Easter morning we woke up and went to Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. What an marvelous cathedral, and a really breath taking place to spend Easter worship. It is the largest Roman Catholic Church in the United States; impressive both inside and out.  Following Mass we went to have a delicious breakfast and an Easter Egg hunt for the kids. Jamesie welcomed a midday nap - the first one he had alone in his crib since leaving home. Before dinner we went to Georgetown campus to fly kites, play some kick ball, and overall enjoy being outside in the beautiful weather.  Jamesie soaked in every moment outside.  He loves being out doing things, and he really came alive in the gorgeous spring weather.  I can't wait to bring him out more and more as the weather gets nicer in New Jersey.

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The best part about this Ergobaby 360 carrier are the different positions. While we were at the gardens I was able to face him outwards so that he could see everything, and then I turned him around to go to sleep while we were at the Library of Congress, and then on our Easter walk he had the best seat in the house on his papa's back.

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My sunshine baby!

Unfortunately when we got home Monday, I noticed that Jamesie felt a little warm.  I gave him his dinner and a bath and put him to bed.  The next morning we ran some errands in the morning, and he took a long nap in the afternoon. When he woke from this nap he felt hot.  I took his temperature (102.7) and called his doctor right away.  He was seen and diagnosed with some kind of virus (a stomach bug I think).  With nearly a full day of sleep on Wednesday he is on the mend. He still has an above normal temperature, but it is below 100 and his spirits are much better. He's up to his old mischief, and I couldn't be happier.

My days since coming home from DC have been full of meeting Jamesie's needs. Motherhood is demanding, unpredictable, and surprising. I had other plans for this week, and had planned on writing this post much early than I was able, but when you have a child who is counting on you to care for them, and comfort them when they are sick - your plans change.  I understand the unpredictability of life better now than ever before. My whole journey to motherhood was an unpredictable one.  I have learned as a mother to move and adjust to what comes. If that means sacrificing my personal time and goals, than so be it. I wouldn't change my days for anything, and I am so glad that I have been given this life.

My son is worth it.