We are home! Oh my goodness was it nice to escape the heat for the past three weeks! This is the first vacation we've taken in the past 3 years where Jeff actually didn't work. It was really great to spend some quality time together as a family and to see Jeff able to relax too. We got lucky on our way to Vancouver and had a row with an empty seat so we decided to take Luke's car seat on the plane and see how he did. He did great! Luckily there was no one sitting in front of him because he did kick the seat an awful lot. That should be fun in the future! And as we suspected, he did not sleep a wink. Our flight was from 8 - 11 p.m.! Little stinker.
We experienced our first road trip the day after we arrived. Jeff's family rented a lake house in Kelowna, the main motivation for the boat purchase. Luke's not ever been in the car for much longer than an hour but surprisingly, he was a champ. I don't think he whined even once during the 4 hour drive! We did have videos and snacks for distractions so I'm not sure how he would've done without those but you know, happy baby = happy mommy = happy everyone, right? :)
We spent the last 11 days of our trip in Surrey at Jeff's parent's house. Luke had SO much fun playing with his cousins. It was really cute to watch them play together. Last year, they seemed to play more side by side but this year was very different. It's amazing how much can change in just a year with these little ones! Katie even got in on some action with the boys! All three of them were just adorable.
In addition to great quality time with the family, we enjoyed lots of great weather, boating, park time, walks on the pier, beach time, some shopping, time with friends, reading and I'm sure I am forgetting what else. Luke was talking SO much while we were there and he even counted to SIX! He did it for the first time in front of both of us and it was so surprising and cute! We didn't even know he could count to one! It's been really fun to hear him talking more.
So back to reality. And to the heat. We should finally see some cooler temps soon and I can't wait! We've been catching up around the house the past few days and next week's focus is Luke's birthday party in October. Hard to believe our little boy is going to be 2! He is such a little sweetie. He is just so active! He hardly walks anywhere... why walk when you can run?! He seriously loves to sprint. He just learned to jump so that's his new thing. It's hilarious. He still loves anything with wheels, his books, puzzles, Elmo, Cars, and cuddling. "Blankie and soother" are major attachments but boy do they make everything better when need be. We'll have to work on the soother attachment at some point.
Just 13 more weeks to go until our little number two is due to arrive. I have been feeling really good. A little extra tired thanks to the two "two year molars" that decided to interrupt a week's sleeping habits. But tomorrow is Saturday and that means I can sleep in... HOORAY!! :) Thank goodness teething is done! After Luke's birthday, we will focus on the nursery and picking a name for our little girl. Funny how all of this was done by now when we were pregnant with Luke. To be honest, I have gone through two baby name books and although I've come up with a little list, there aren't any names that are really jumping out at me. And of the names I've come up with, Jeff's not doing cartwheels over any of them. It'll be interesting to see what name we agree on. :)
This weekend we are going to attempt potty training. Should be interesting! :) We have NO expectations and if it doesn't work, we'll try again after the baby is born. We're not going to stress about it one bit. I felt we should try ONE transition before the baby comes. Transitions include: weaning off the white noise, pacifier (aka "soother"), big boy bed, potty training. All but one of these is related to sleeping. If Luke could continue sleeping well when the baby comes, I think that would help tremendously so potty training it is! He's been telling us when he's going and when he needs a diaper change so some of the signs are there. Wish us luck and I'll update next week on how it went.
That's about it for now... we'll get pictures posted and I have some super cute videos too. Stay tuned!