November 26, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving

This a.m., I was quite surprised to read the headline of our newspaper. It was a story about how the hospital I work at is planning a merge with a big city hospital. I was taken aback. I hadn't heard anything about it. I work for the darn place and I have to find out about a possible merger by reading the daily paper. This weekend when I work, I'll have to find out exactly what's going on.

Tonight, we are all making a 2 hour trip to visit my in-laws for Thanksgiving. We had originally planned on going tomorrow and driving back, but somehow, we've been talked into spending the night tonight and leaving tomorrow. It's just such a hassle to visit overnight with them. First, there is the obvious lack of restraint when it comes to alcohol. Then there's the issue where all 5 of us will sleep. Neither my BIL/SIL or husbands parents have enough room, really. We're all going to cram into my BIL/SIL small 2 bedroom house. Should be interesting. I'm also kind of a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving: I want Turkey, noodles, mashed potatoes, etc. My FIL decided to do prime rib this year. Not that I don't enjoy good beef, it's just not turkey. It seems so petty to be slightly irritated, but sometimes, I can't help it. I have to pack 5 overnight bags (Husband is capable, but apparently can't seem to do it himself), make sure we have the pack and play for Isaiah, plenty of diapers, wipes, outfits for all 3 kids, extras for Isaiah and Clara just in case she wets the bed, bottles/sippy cups, bibs, baby food, toys, bedding, pillows, air mattresses, and, oh yeah, the kids. I don't know how people do it for longer trips by air. I'm sure we'll have a good time once we're there. The prime rib will be excellent, and my MIL will be closely monitored. And the best part is: My house won't be destroyed!

On a different note, Isaiah may be getting the hang of sleeping most of the night. Two nights ago, he slept all night! I woke up a bit worried because he's not done that before. It was that irrational feeling that I think all mothers get when you wake up and realize the baby is still asleep. I was just afraid to go in a find him not sleeping, but, well, you know. He obviously was fine, and I knew deep down he was. But it was so uncharacteristic of him. Last night he slept until 5 a.m., which is still pretty good. We'll see how long it lasts. I also had to break out a bigger car seat for him today. He's just too big for the infant care seat, so I installed the next step up, still rear facing, but holds bigger babies. It was a bit sad taking out the infant care seat. I've turned into such a sentimental sap when it comes to all things revolving my children growing. I really do have a lot to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving!


AwkwardMoments said...

i work for the state, i also have to read about my dept. like that too. I hate that aspect of my job.

Safe travels and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and family.

YEAH Isaiah

Unknown said...

I'm in complete agreement about having what you deem to be traditional at thanksgiving. We will also be at my in-laws and it's just not the same!

Anonymous said...

Our in-law visits became progressively more uncomfortable (substance abuse) until I told my husband we would sleep at a motel at all future visits. That worked for a while until even that safety valve wasn't enough--now I send just my husband or him and one (teenaged) kid on visits. I could have been a wonderful daughter-in-law, but was not welcome. I told my husband I was not equipped to deal with his family and he agreed. I guess you have to grow up in it to understand it!