August 21, 2012
Posted by Marci and Gary at 3:14 PM
August 13, 2012
Posted by Marci and Gary at 8:35 AM
August 9, 2012
We have officially been here a full week, which I have to say has not gone by as fast as I would have hoped a week would go. While I really enjoy the city and seeing how different the people are, I really miss my own home and the routine I had going on there. We'll settle into a routine here I'm sure but it's really hard when it's just Dori and I all day.
Gary works long hours and I don't have my "go-to" people here to visit when being a single-ish parent gets overwhelming. Of course I always have my phone to call people, but it's really not the same as being with family and friends. As bad as it sounds, I really don't have an interest in going out and making friends with anyone here. If I happen to meet a person and we easily become friends, that is a different story, but I don't have a desire to actively search out a BFF. Luckily I met a really nice girl a couple of days ago who has 2 daughters, one of whom really loves seeing and playing with Dori!
We try to stay as busy as possible during the day so that Dori gets worn out and takes long naps so I can recharge my mental and emotional batteries. She loves going out and taking walks in the stroller. There is so much for her to see! A lot of people have little dogs out here that they take walking and she goes bananas whenever she sees one. She likes to people watch and shamelessly stares are people for long amounts of time. Silly girl is just like her dad in that way!
When the weather gets bad and it rains I start to panic a little bit because I know we can't go out and I have to figure out how to entertain her indoors. Thank heaven for Baby Einstein!
Posted by Marci and Gary at 7:10 AM
August 8, 2012
Posted by Marci and Gary at 10:34 AM
Posted by Marci and Gary at 10:15 AM
This wasn't Dori's first airplane ride. She had gone to Arizona with her grandma and grandpa Fifield while Gary and I were on our cruise. This was, however, her first airplane ride with her parents. It went relatively well and we did all we could to make sure she wasn't "that baby" on the plane. She fell asleep right away and probably would have stayed asleep the whole time except....
The flight attendant was going down the isle giving everyone drinks and snacks, and when she got to us, she could see that we had a sleeping baby, but still talked very loudly to us. We got our drinks and snacks and Dori slept through everything miss loud mouth had to say. But then the dumb lady started to ask us how old she was, and told us she had a 7-month-old at home, and how she likes to come to work to get away to be social, and blah, blah, BLAH!! So of course that woke Dori up which only gave her about a half hour nap. Stupid broad.
We made it Chicago in one piece and took the airport shuttle to the hotel which was about a half hour or so drive. I talked to the driver the whole time and she told me about all the things I could do while I was here and while Gary worked.
As a side note, Gary's co-workers Justin and Iliana traveled with us the whole time and were beyond helpful with all the luggage that comes with travelling with a baby. I'm not sure we could have done it without them!
Posted by Marci and Gary at 10:01 AM
July 27, 2012
We are moving to Chicago for 3 months! The exclamation point attached to the end of that sentence doesn't mean I'm terribly excited, it means that I'm scared beyond all measure. There is a bit of excitement in there as well, but I don't know anything about the city, how to get around, what to do with just Dori and I, and not knowing anyone at all.
Gary's job has asked him to go to the office in Chicago for 3 months to help with a project, and we agreed it would be the best thing for him and his career. He was so flattered that they had asked him since he hasn't been with the company for very long and already wanted his help in other areas.
Yes, it's an adventure. Yes, it's like a long vacation. Yes, Chicago is supposed to be the greatest place on earth. But let me just tell you my side too.
Becoming a mom was the hardest thing I've ever had to do. I'm not saying it was easy for anyone out there, but I seemed to take it much worse than others did. I did not adjust well at first and I was very unhappy. Over the last 9 months it's gotten easier, and better, and I love Dori with all of my heart! She is my best friend ever! But I didn't get there on my own. I had the support of SO MANY people. My family, my friends, my neighbors, my ward...everyone helped me get where I am now, which is feeling quite content with being Dori's mom. And now I'm supposed to leave it here for 3 months?
I know I can do it, I know I'll adjust and learn how to get around, I know I'll meet new people, I just know it's going to be hard not to have the physical support I have here. Gary will be working a lot in Chicago which means Dori and I will be attached at the hip every day all day. Literally.
I could very well be blogging that I don't ever want to leave Chicago behind, but for now, it's nerve racking.
Posted by Marci and Gary at 10:40 AM
July 25, 2012
She is a jibber-jabber little monkey! She says "da-da" a lot and that's about all, but she likes to spout off a bunch of nonsense all the time!
Posted by Marci and Gary at 5:01 PM
July 24, 2012
Posted by Marci and Gary at 2:13 PM
March 5, 2012
My grandma asked me yesterday how old Dori was, and I told her 4 months. My niece then said "she's only 4 months? It seems like she has be around forever!" I agree with that to an extent...I can't remember what life was like without her very well, but I also feel like it's going by pretty fast too.
Everything went really well at her 4-month appointment and she's pretty much perfect! She's still on the skinny side but at least she's on the charts right? Don't you just love this face?! I just want to chew on her!
Posted by Marci and Gary at 5:31 PM