I've got to get as many toothless grins as I can these days as Sebastian has a bottom tooth getting ready to make an appearance...changing his smile forever. I snapped the first photo just as he was getting up from his nap this afternoon. The second photo shows his emerging tooth!
The new most dangerous place for me to visit is the Gymboree website. Typically I'm pretty safe when looking at boys clothes as it is not really that exciting. BUT a big exception on this site where I found myself lost in a sea of matching hats, socks, bibs, and blankets. Before I knew it I was up to $350 worth of stuff in my cart for what seemed to be only two outfits. I exercised some restraint and got my cart down to around $100 so I could get the free shipping and $50 Gymbucks for a future purchase then I used my $25 gift certificate which was the reason for my visit to the site anyway. I got Sebastian a bunch of aviation themed stuff for our trip to Albany in a few weeks. The Gymbucks promotion (where you get $25 off each $50 spent with your coupon) starts Oct 6th so I can get him the other outfit I was checking out....the Autumn Fox stuff which would be absolutely perfect for him to wear to my Mom's bridal shower later this month in NY. He's going to need that knit hat up there even though it is 99 degrees here today.
Then, it'll be time to pick out the Christmas outfits!
Sebastian got his first two Baby Einstein DVDs. I popped in the World Animals DVD while I ate lunch and responded to some email and he was fascinated. He seems to have a 15 minute attention span but he is not even 7 months old so that seems exciting to me. He really seemed to be interested and really got excited when the monkeys came on. Maybe he knows he is going to be a monkey for Halloween.
Although Houston did not get the full force of Rita, we still have much cleaning up to do. Our neighborhood in West Houston is still cleaning up. All up and down our road you can see piles of yard debris in piles waiting to be picked up by our trash collection (photo 1). In front of our house we had 5 large trash bags of debris plus a large pile of branches. Sebastian and I walked the neighborhood and we found one house around the corner that had taken the storm very seriously with all the upper level windows boarded up and the lower level windows had protective netting (photo 2). Since they were on a corner lot with three roads connecting I don't blame them for worrying about what might fly down those roads and whack into their house. The entrance to the walking trail was piled with more cleanup trash (photo 3). There were many SBC trucks in the neighborhood and I can only assume that parts of the neighborhood are without phone service (photo 4). We were very lucky - we had no damage to the house and although we definitely lost power it didn't seem to be out for very long.
After sticking around the house yesterday while we waited out the hurricane we decided to take theh kids out the the local park today. Sebastian was checking out the toddler swing while Ashley and Gracey played on the slide. Ashley likes jumping on the rocks too!
We've heard that gas and food is scarce in Houston so we are planning on waiting until Tuesday to return home. Hopefully things will be returning to normal by then. Since my brother got deployed there today by Cingular he is calling us with updates on the gas/food situation.
We made it to San Antonio last night after roughly 15 hours on the road. My average speed over the 185 miles was 22 miles per hour. Just imagine driving 15 hours at 22 miles per hour...but then imagine driving 15 miles in 10 hour and then finishing the rest in the last 5 hours. Not fun.
Sebastian was awesome in the car. Seriously I think he knew I really really needed him to be. He did not get out of his carseat. Yes, he had one diaper that whole time. It was very wet when we finally got to my brothers but I just didn't think it was fair to take him out of his carseat only to put him right back in and drive more when we did finally stop about 50 miles from my brother's house. I did let Leo pee because I swear the dog was crossing his legs. I did not take a bathroom break the entire trip. I also didn't drink much in the car as I was conserving liquids for Sebastian. I had NO idea we'd be on the road that long and certainly wasn't prepared. On the way home I will be over prepared, that's for sure in case we get stuck in traffic going home.
It is nice to be safe and sound far away from the storm even though it is now only a cat 3 and not directly heading for Houston. I just cannot imagine sitting in the dark overnight with high winds. I'd be terrified. I'm so glad Jay decided at the last minute (literally) to come alone so now we are both safe and enjoying the AC. We brought all the Village Table meals from our freezer in a cooler to eat here since I figured they would go bad if our power went out. We had one tonight which was yummy-pork tenderloin.
I'm sitting on I-10 with a million of my closest friends. Jay and the
cat are a car ahead of me in the Xterra. Sebastian is crying in the
backseat but I expect he'll fall asleep soon. He's been up for 3 hours
so far. I'm posting photos as we go on my moblog site
I've gone one mile in one hour. Not pretty and it'll be close to 100
degrees today so lots of cars are overheating.
Thursday night I came down with what I expect was a case of some sort of food poisoning. I spent roughly midnight until 5:30 am in the downstairs power room or curled up on the sofa waiting for terrible stomach cramps to pass. Finally at abouut 5:30 I was able to fall asleep before getting up to start my day at 7:30 when little man wakes up.
Feeling "ok" I took Sebastian to the park where we met up with some other mom friends and their kids (see below pictures) and I sipped my gatorade, afraid to put anything more solid into my body. After we came home and rested a bit, I tried to eat some leftover pasta in the fridge but even a few pieces caused stomach cramps to return to I stopped and went back to sipping my gatorade. When Jay asked if I needed him to bring me anything on his way home I asked for the standard "chicken soup and saltines".
The sweet man went above and beyond bringing me not only Cambells soup and saltines, but also ritz in case I wanted something buttery, peanut butter cracker sandwiches for when I was feeling a little better, and various higher end chicken soups including chicken and dumplings. This morning I still had some digestive distress so I continued sipping my gatorade and nibbling on my saltines. I took some Imodium this morning so I'm hoping that it helps get the situation under control so I can start functioning again.
The household is certainly a victim of this illness as dishes weren't done, laundry wasn't finished, baby and dog toys were scattered about as every ounce of my energy was spent playing with Sebastian and his down time was also my down time. I did force myself to put dishes away and reload the dish washer through stomach cramps this morning but now that Sebastian is napping I'm planning some quality time with the new Under Armour catalog while lounging on the sofa.
Today one of my mom friends invited me to meet her and a couple of other mom's at the local Spring Branch Park in Spring Valley TX. The other two mom's live near the park, which is about a 20 minute drive from our houses. Having suffered from a bought of food poisoning last night I took it easy chasing the kids around with the camera but I was still able to capture some fun shots. Sebastian spent some time on the baby swing, on a blanket looking up at the trees, and mostly in his stroller watching the other kids. It'll be excited when he starts moving around and can actually play with all the other kids.
In other news, I went to a Discovery Toys party last night at another neighborhood mom's house (totally unrelated to the food poisoning, we think) and was able to order some goodies for Sebastian for Christmas. I also met a bunch of the other mom's from the next subdivision over (which they think is so far from me...a 6 minute walk!).
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