Scott had to go to Cincinnati for work this week and he was going by himself so Harper and I decided to buy a ticket and tag along. I've never been to Ohio so I thought it was as good a chance as any. :-)
I was a nervous wreck about flying with Harper for the first time but we could NOT have had a better experience both ways. Since we bought our tickets separate - we weren't seated together but we ended up together on all 4 flights and I was so happy! I could not have imagined sitting that close to a stranger and trying to nurse or wrestle Harper. ha! She is SUCH a good traveller! She slept on most of the flights (see exhibit A. above) and she was so happy the rest of the time. She may look just like her daddy but she's social and likes to be on the go like her momma! :-)
We stayed in downtown and this was the view outside our window. While Scott went and worked yesterday afternoon - Harper and I walked around that square. They had live music and even a live cooking show and several restaurants. There was a lot of good people watching.
We ended up eating dinner at Chipolte which I LOVE! They had some GOOD guacamole! yum!
Harper HATED the hotel crib and would NOT go to sleep so we ended up putting her in the bed with us. We've never done that before and it might be a long time before we do it again. I don't think any of us got much sleep.
While we were getting ready this morning, Harper CRASHED. Scott went on to work and I had planned for Harper and I to go to a few stores and eat lunch while we waited on him to finish but I finally had to wake her up before it was time to check out because she was exhausted.
She and I ate lunch at PotBelly. Because we were in a downtown area - everyone in that square were business people at lunch - you could tell by the way they were all dressed. Everyone was eating outside at tables and Harper and I stuck out like sore thumbs. There were no other moms and babies wandering around. I had her in a cute outfit and a big bow and one lady asked me if "I had come downtown to have her picture made". I thought that was funny.
Here is the little world traveler on one of our flights home. She slept most of the way home. I'm glad she did so good. I want so badly to be able to take her places and see the world with her. I just want to give her every opportunity that we can.
And when we got home we were excited to open the mailbox and find our season tickets for HOG FOOTBALL!!! I can't believe it's already time. We have a tough schedule this year - we have to play AT Florida, Alabama, LSU and Ole Miss. Yikes! I told Scott I was glad most of the big games were away this year so I can stay home and watch them on TV. I won't be going to all the games this year for the first time in probably 20 years but as much as I love razorback football with a HUGE passion - I'll take staying home with Harper any day!
(I think I'm going to slip in a Friday soon where we tell our favorite college teams and game day traditions! )
I don't really have an update on Baby Reese and the Rowe family right now. Can you please just pray for their family. God knows their needs and knows your hearts. I really have not thought of anything else for the last two days and my heart is hurting so much for them. I know so many of you reading this now have lost babies at birth and my heart hurts for you too. There are a lot of days that I feel very guilty that Harper lived when so many didn't. We certainly didn't deserve that outcome. But not a day goes by that I don't realize it could have been different and that I don't hug her tight and I'm so thankful for her. And it makes me pray for all of you who lost a child that much harder. May God give you comfort every day.