In September, prior to my maternity leave ending, I flew to Ohio (alone) with both girls. I know, sounds a little crazy, but honestly, the flights went really well. The worst part of the entire day of travel was the drive from the Detroit airport down to my mom’s house in Ohio (because of Lillian’s crazy car screaming). The girls and I went to Ohio to spend two weeks with my family and friends. We took a similar trip the summer after Vivian was born and before I returned to work after giving birth to her.
It was on this trip that Lillian met her Uncle Matthew and Papa for the first time.
Lillian also met and spent quite a bit of time with her Great Grandma, who turned 90 while we were in Ohio. We celebrated her at a birthday party in her senior living community.
She also met some of my Mom’s side of the family – Aunt Deb, Uncle Den, and Uncle Lee.
And, she met some of my friends.
In between meeting all of these people, we went to the library, zoo, parks, museum, and more (of course!).
Vivian also helped my dad collect chicken eggs and feed the chickens nearly every evening. She was not afraid of the chickens at all and would reach under them and grab the eggs from right beneath them!
Vivian also had a lot of fun playing with Aunt Anna’s old toys, like her Little People house.
The last weekend that we were in Ohio, Dan flew out to join us. He and my dad took Vivian up to our cabin in western New York for a few days while my mom, Lillian, and I stayed home in Ohio.
When my dad, Dan, and Vivian returned from the cabin, we all went out to dinner together on our last night in Ohio.
We all flew home together and after an anxiety-ridden tumultuous flight into and out of Minneapolis during huge thunderstorms, we arrived home late and tired, but safe. I had one week left of maternity leave before we learned a new normal – two working parents and two kids in daycare.