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We slept okay last night, but adding insult to injury was this: just after Andrew and I went to bed, the smoke detector above the sofa bed that C was sleeping in started chirping about its low battery. Andrew had to walk down to the front desk to complain because he repeatedly got a busy signal when calling, and when he got there they handed him a battery and said he could change it himself. So he did. I'm very unimpressed. At least Corwin sleeps like a rock and barely twitched at all the whole time. Guess the sofa bed was okay after all.

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Today was the first leg of our drive home from the beach in Gulf Shores, AL, where we've been vacationing with Andrew's family for the last week. I made us a reservation at the Holiday Inn Express in Sulphur, LA, for tonight, which in retrospect was just a little too far down the road. Next time, we'll plan to stop in Lafayette, which has the added advantage of being able to visit with Andrew's Uncle Bill while we're there.

So we got to the hotel just after 6 p.m., with two kids who were VERY ready to get out of the car. Checked in, went to our room, and it was NOT the two-room suite that I had reserved for us. It was just a regular room with two queen beds in it. So back down to the front desk we went to inquire, and we were told that the hotel has no two-room suites with two queen or double beds; all the suites have king beds. And since I had requested two queens, whoever entered the reservation into the computer had put us in a single room rather than the suite. Well, the single room was not going to work for us (since Andrew and I have no desire to go to bed with the kids at 7:30/8:00), so we decided to go ahead and take the suite anyway, and put Corwin on the sofabed in the living room. Well, turns out the only suite they still had available was a smoking room, which would NOT work for us since Andrew is allergic and even if he weren't we wouldn't want Ian and Corwin exposed to the residual smoke. So they called the Best Western next door, but it had nothing that would meet our needs either.

Well, then the manager stepped in and ended up switching another suite reservation for someone who had not checked in yet with ours, and I heard him telling the other staff guy to go turn on the ozone machine and remove the ash trays from the smoking suite. So I feel kind of bad for whoever got switched with us, but at least we got a room we can work with. We also got a reduced rate ($89 for the night, down from $125) and extra points credited to our reward account (not that I'll likely end up using them -- don't think we'll be staying at a Holiday Inn Express again, at least not this one since it doesn't have the room type that works best for us). So I was reasonably impressed with the manager's problem-solving skills, but I wish the web site where I made the reservation had been clearer about what type of beds there were in the suites -- I would have made a reservation elsewhere had I realized I couldn't get what we wanted.

I just finished making up the sofa bed for Corwin (we put him in the king bed to go to sleep for the first part of the night; we'll move him out here when we get ready to go to bed and get him up to go to the bathroom) and the mattress does NOT feel like it will be comfortable. Hopefully since he weighs a lot less than I do, the springs won't bother him -- but they are very close to the surface and I can definitely feel them if I put any of my weight on the bed. Ah well, at least we are only about 2 or 2.5 hours from home, so we'll probably be home for lunch tomorrow. He could take a nap in his own bed, except that he refuses to nap these days.

Okay, time for me to hand the laptop back over to Andrew for a bit, and then we'll go to bed soon, too. 'Night everyone!
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We are in Galveston this weekend with the [livejournal.com profile] onefishclappin and [livejournal.com profile] krikwennavd and their two boys (ages 4 and 2). We arrived Thursday afternoon and are renting a little house that is right across the street from the beach. We're quite a ways down toward the West End, so the beach here is fairly empty, at least compared to that down in the main part of town. And MUCH nicer than that down by the Seawall. I've always hated the beach down at Galveston, but I didn't realize there was this nicer part down here.

Thursday night wasn't a good night, as Corwin took a LONG time to go to sleep, and then woke up around 3 in the morning saying "mommy mommy mommy" so I had to get up and take him to the bathroom and help him get re-settled to go back to sleep. I think part of the problem is that his mattress was hideously uncomfortable -- I'm wondering if they didn't have him sleeping on a box spring rather than a mattress. His room has a bunk bed with a double bed on the bottom and a twin on the top, and I could feel springs on the double bed mattress any time I put any of my weight on it. It's either a box spring or a really thin, worn out mattress. At any rate, the twin on the top felt MUCH nicer, so we moved that down on top of the double bed mattress before naptime yesterday, and he's slept much better since then.

Yesterday morning there was a thunderstorm that rolled in just as we were getting the boys ready to head down to the beach, so instead they played in the rain and the subsequent mud next to the foundation, and got themselves horribly horribly dirty and had a general blast. Then, once the rain had stopped and the thunder had passed they all (except me, as I wasn't dressed for it) headed over to the beach for an hour or so, while I sat on the porch and read for a while and relaxed while watching the waves. It was nice. Corwin took a nap yesterday for the first time in a couple of weeks, which was awesome....but he was definitely tired out from all the playing in the morning.

Yesterday afternoon we hit the Aquarium Pyramid at Moody Gardens, which I think we all enjoyed, and then took the kiddos over to a playscape that was near the parking lot. Dinner was at Fish Tales, which was better than its online reviews indicated. Though it was also pricier than we expected. After getting our bill (we both ordered the snapper special), Andrew and I decided that THAT would have to qualify as our anniversary dinner. It was close to the same price as Brennan's (*sigh*) but not as good. Corwin had chicken strips, and actually ate a whole one of them like it was good. I had one, too (he had 3, which was WAY too much food for him) because they looked yummy, and they really, really were. Wish I got chicken strips like that more often when I order them at restaurants. Bedtime last night was a dream -- I didn't hear a single peep out of Corwin after Andrew left his room after putting him to bed. And he slept straight through until 7 this morning.

Today, unfortunately, has not gone nearly so smoothly. This morning we went into town and took a Duck Tour -- which is a tour of the town in a DUKW -- a refurbished WWII amphibious vehicle. Our tour took us both on land and into the water in one of the bays, and provided us with a lot of interesting information about Galveston. Then we came back here for lunch and naps, and that's when the day went south. Corwin wasn't all that interested in his lunch, was continually defiant when we gave him instructions (like "face forward in your chair and eat your food"), and we eventually ended up ending lunch and putting him to bed for his nap. During which he fussed and cried and kicked his bedrail and generally did anything he could to keep from going to sleep and get attention from us. We finally told him we were closing the door and we were not coming back regardless of how much fussing he did, and Andrew told him that if he didn't at least try to sleep he was going to be too tired to go to the beach this afternoon.

So the other two boys and their parents are just now coming back from their afternoon jaunt to the beach, while my family just hung out in the house. And the worst part of this is that Corwin spent the time happy as a clam playing with the cars we brought from home and the cars that Matthew and Alex brought, and didn't even seem fazed that he wasn't going to the beach. *sigh* He's been really excited about the beach while we've been here and often says he wants to go in "the motions" (ocean), so I thought that would be an effective incentive/consequence. But apparently not. Apparently the opportunity to play with the cars by himself is even better...in spite of the fact that he can and does do that any day of the week when we're at home. Wish I had a clue what an effective consequence for Corwin would be.

This evening we're planning to cook dinner here in the house and I'm not sure what else. There may be another beach excursion; still debating whether I'm going to let Corwin go on that one or not. He's definitely in the doghouse.
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So I haven't really posted in a while. Sorry about that. I have pictures from my trip to Austin with Corwin a week or so ago, but I haven't done any editing or such on them yet so they aren't ready to be posted. It was a good trip, though -- I got to see all three of my girlfriends that I wanted to see while I was there, Corwin got to go to Radijazz again and play with Matthew and Alex, I got to meet my sister's boyfriend and actually spend some time hanging out with her and my brother, and Corwin got to spend time with his grandparents and aunt and uncle. :) I even managed to get a pedicure somewhere in there -- I haven't had one of those since [livejournal.com profile] liz_gregory's bachelorette party, unless I've just completely forgotten something. Oh, and my dad grilled steaks for us on Saturday. :)

Corwin seems to be getting sick again, which is absolutely terrible timing on his part as we have been planning for months to leave him with his grandparents for 4 days starting on Thursday so that we can go to Atlanta for Dragoncon for our first adults-only vacation since he was born. So far it seems to be just a clear runny nose and some sniffling (and not nearly as bad as the last time he was sick -- i have to wipe it occasionally, but it's not a faucet and he's not drooling bucketloads). So we'll see. Hopefully he'll be on the downside of whatever this is by Thursday. I really don't want to have to cancel a trip Andrew and I have been looking forward to for months.

In more exciting news, he finally used the sign for "more" today (to ask for more Cheerios to put in his chair instead of eating them, *sigh*). And he's using "milk" more often as well (he used it the one time I previously wrote about, and only once or twice since then). In fact, I had a mini-conversation with him as we finished reading Goodnight Moon before his nap just a bit ago. When we got to the end of the book he pointed at the endpapers which are just plain yellow and I said "yellow." Then he flipped back a page and pointed at the blank white page. I said "white," at which point he signed, "milk." I said, "Yes, milk is white. Very good." There are very definitely some connections being made in his brain, and it's exciting to get the occasional glimpse of them. In this case, he's thinking about things that aren't visibly present right at that moment, AND possibly starting to learn his colors.

He's also starting to climb. He has been having a grand time lately climbing into the rocking chair in his bedroom, sitting in it for a few seconds, getting out and then climbing right back in again (lather, rinse, repeat). I've caught him trying to climb into the rocking chair in the living room, which results in immediate time out (as it isn't very stable when weight is on the front edge and I'm afraid of it tipping over on him and/or our laptop). And he can climb onto the couch as well.

He'll be 18 months old tomorrow. :)

Lafayette

Jul. 7th, 2008 08:49 pm
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I'm writing from our hotel in Lafayette, LA tonight. We left the beach house around 10:30 this morning and arrived here about 5:30 this evening. Corwin was fussy this morning (apprehensive about us packing up and getting ready to leave I guess) but has been fine all day once we got in the car and got on the road. Lunch was at a Barnhill's buffet restaurant (kind like Golden Corral, for you TX folks), where Corwin ate a TON of food. He ate a whole plateful of fruit, diced ham, rice, and macaroni & cheese, plus two watermelon wedges. We couldn't get him to STOP eating until his plate was clean. Andrew and I thought it was okay, but probably not something we'd pick to eat at again if it was just the two of us.

This evening we met up with [livejournal.com profile] xalupi and Erin here in Lafayette for dinner at Prejean's, which was good but a bit disappointing because they didn't have their regular menu available tonight. Their gumbo was awesome, and I had a duck dish that Erin knew about since she has been to the restaurant semi-regularly -- something on the regular menu but not on the menu for today. The duck was good, but a little fatty. I wasn't thrilled with the sides though. Just looked at the web site (linked above) and see several things on the menu there that sound yummy -- but they weren't on the menu for today so I didn't have the option to order them. Including Red Snapper Pontchartrain, which is what I would have had if I'd had the option. There were also a couple of shrimp pasta dishes that sounded good in their descriptions.

We ordered the popcorn shrimp for Corwin, but when they arrived they were regular-sized shrimp rather than what I usually think of as popcorn shrimp. He refused to touch them, though he was happy to eat the french fries that came with them. *sigh* He also had some fried cheese and the peas we had brought for him. But I didn't really expect him to eat a ton since he'd had such a huge lunch.

We got an actual crib from the hotel this time. Though it's still not a normal full-size crib. It's narrower than a standard crib, but I think it's the same lengthwise. *shrug* He didn't put up much fuss at all when I put him to bed in it a little while ago, though, so hopefully it will be okay. He's sleeping in the same room where we will be sleeping (we're in a suite again; Andrew and I are out in the living room at the moment), though, so we'll see how it goes after we go to bed. Having his stuffed dinosaur and his blanket in there with him really seems to make a difference.

And now I should be good and relinquish the laptop so Andrew can get back to playing EVE Online (or check in on WoW if he intends to). I have toddler dishes to clean up for tomorrow, and a book to read anyway. Good night all. We'll be back in Houston tomorrow.
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We have internet again!

A Gulftel guy came out today and determined that the modem/router in this house was bad, and replaced it. And our internet has been working consistently ever since. So, you might see a little more of us on here now. Of course, we ARE still at the beach, so certainly not as much of us as you might be used to.
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We are at the beach. Our house is SUPPOSED to have internet access, but thus far it has been terribly spotty. We had it the day we arrived (Saturday), and for an hour or so around dinner time on Sunday and Monday. Unfortunately, we were over at the other house (which is also suffering with really spotty internet access) eating dinner during that time, so not able to DO anything with our internet. This afternoon, it seems to be working.....but I'll make no guarantees as to how long it might continue to do so.

Aside from lack of Internetz (which is driving both Andrew and me crazy), we are having a good time. Corwin seems to be strongly water aspected (whatever that means) like his mother. He LOVED the ocean yesterday. He was a little tentative about going in the water at first, but by the time we were ready to go back to the house and get cleaned up he was about waist-deep in the waves and pointing out to sea and trying to go out further (Andrew and I had a good grip on him and weren't about to let him). He likes playing in the sand, too. We had a sand-covered boy when we left the beach. Andrew's dad took some pictures, so I'll try to post some whenever I get copies (it may be a while).

We took him to the kiddie pool today, but he didn't like that nearly as much. Unfortunately, the kiddie pool was 2 feet deep (rather than 1 foot like I was expecting) which is chest height on Corwin. So all he could really do was walk around, and he slipped a couple of times and got his head in the water. He didn't cry about that, but he didn't seem very happy about it, either. I think we'll go back to the beach tomorrow. Easier to clean up after the pool (no sand), but I think we all had more fun at the beach.

This afternoon I'm cooking my mom's chicken & rice dish to feed the group for dinner tonight. I think that's something on the order of 14-16 people. Whee. I need to go get started on that soonish.

I've had a really bad headache off and on since we've been here. I suspect it's sinus related because right now, when my head isn't hurting, I still feel a bit of sinus pressure and have a slightly runny nose. I took a Claritin a little under an hour ago, so we'll see if that helps any. Fortunately, Advil has so far been sufficient to knock it out when it rears its ugly head (another reason I suspect sinus/allergies, as Advil doesn't do much for my usual headaches).

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