Well it has been two months since I last made a journal entry. Been pretty busy around here and every day I say I am going to make an entry, but the end of the day comes and I succumb to the urge to lay down in bed with Mom and watch a few minutes of TV before going to sleep. I must say though that every day, Joshua does something new now that either thoroughly impresses us or completely catches us off guard with something hysterically funny. Joshua is definitely the entertainer around our house :)
A lot has changed since my last entry (Audrey, Josh's vocabulary, etc.), but let me finish up a few highlights/lowlights of our first vacation down to our timeshare in Orlando.
On Monday, December 12th, we made the 'monumental' mistake of taking Josh to Walt Disney World. In theory, we knew Josh wouldn't last that long and that the lines to rides would be long, but I guess we weren't prepared for how miserable it would be. It started out bad, when we forgot Josh's hat and sunscreen so we went to the Disney store to pick some up. Well, about 2oz of sunscreen cost us about $25...that was a 'well planned' expenditure ;) There were a couple of highlights however. We walked through some of the character 'houses' (we have it on camcorder) and Josh of course were most impressed with Mickey's kitchen. Josh could have stayed there all day and played if we let him. We went on 'It's a Small World' ride and Josh enjoyed that pretty good, but other than those 30 minutes, we probably spent over an hour and a half at 'Pooh Playground' which was no better than Orange Lake's pool/playground. We spent a lot of time walking, getting frustrated and lines, and Mom and I getting stressed with the situation and each other :$ whoops ;). So after about five hours, we were all mentally wiped out and headed back home. $200+ dollars later for the trip. We could have spent $2 in gas driving to Orlando mall and letting Josh play in Playmobile Land (which became almost a nightly ritual) and he would have enjoyed it just as much if not more.
On Tuesday, the only out of the ordinary thing I remember is Josh's reaction to a little accident he had. As usual, at night, we let him run around naked to satisfy his craving for 'Naked Time'. He of course high steps around the condo, repeatedly 'makes phone calls', and of course has to get the dryer and comb out and 'style' his hair in the nude. Well, today he happened to poop all down his leg (luckily he was on the tile floor of bathroom), but the interesting thing was how upset he got about it. I mean if it were me and I had choice of a little poop hitting my leg on way to floor or having it in a diaper in my crotch, I'd choose the former, but Josh was livid. It took us about 25 minutes to calm him down :S In hindsight it is kind of funny but at the time, he was so worked up he almost brought himself to a vomit. Mom and I started to wonder if he were almost ready for potty training after this incident.
On Thursday, again we had a highlight surrounding bath time. Tonight, Josh finally beat his fear of the jets in the Jacuzzi bathtub. He was pretty proud about that fact too and so was I considering how terrified he was of them just a day before. It was neat to see him conquer this fear and then be all proud and want to show me and Mom how he could turn them on and off.
On Friday, our vacation was over. For the most part, we played it very low key. Our daily ritual was basically, get up and go swimming, come home and nap, get up and go to the mall, come home and eat, go to bed. I would occasionally go over to Welcome Center to work when I had to, but all in all it was very relaxing vacation. So much so, that this is probably the first vacation I can remember in a long time where I wasn't 'dying' to get home after seven days. I wasn't totally disappointed that I was coming home, but I could have easily stayed a few more days. Josh you are a very good and easy child to be around and I hope that translates into how you will be in youth and beyond. Anyway, when heading home, it became pretty 'hectic'.
Again, Josh for the most part flew home great. Actually Mom and I were dosing off, and Josh was just sitting there in his car seat playing by himself, or trying to get me to play. Then the smell hit. Luckily Mom was on the aisle seat so she got diaper changing duties and took you back. About 25 minutes later, Josh and Mom came back but Josh was in a new outfit - uh oh. I could only imagine how tight it was in an airplane bathroom (didn't even ask, but hopefully they had a changing table located outside bathroom or something), but to have Josh blast through his outfit and have to deal with that as well...thank God I took the window seat ;) So, smooth sailing now right?! About 30 minutes later, the smell hit again!! OMG So Mom dutifully marched back to change him again. Again another 20 minutes later, Mom and Josh come back but this time Josh is in his diaper only. He had blasted through his only other outfit in the diaper bag and we only had one diaper left. So now we are starting to sweat a bit, but we didn't have much further to fly. However, we were landing in frigid Minnesota with Josh sporting nothing but a diaper...I could only imagine what we were going to look like walking off the plane lol.
Luckily we made it home without any more explosive dumps, braved the elements while exiting the plane, and waited for our luggage so we could put some clothes on Josh. Of course there was a delay in our luggage coming in, and while waiting Val had arrived to pick us up. I decided to just run Josh to the car (hell I'm sure I was dragged around in winter in my diaper only, wasn't I?!?!). It was only about 10 feet, so I quickly got him to the car and buckled him in. I failed to realize that Josh now thought we were leaving him again since Val was in the driver's seat and I went running back in to wait for the luggage. Josh immediately melted down into crying hysteria. Mom was standing by one set of our luggage, so when I got back in airport she went out to car and managed to calm Josh down, but she and Val said it was pretty ugly for a bit.
It was a great, first family vacation and I can't wait to go on more of them with Josh, Mom, and soon Audrey.