Monday, August 3, 2009

All Things Chicago...

As promised here's a bit more information about our trip to Chicago and a TON more pictures!!

The adventure started on Saturday. Nick, Billy and I flew out on the same flight to Chicago. Luckily, the flight was fairly empty, so even though we didn't buy a ticket for Dylan, we were able to take his car seat on the plane and he got his own seat. For any of you who ever travelled with Zach, the picture of Dylan below is a similar expression to the one that Zach often had while we were travelling. However, just like his Daddy, once we were settled and on the plane, Dylan was super happy!!

What exactly is going on here??

Our flight attendant was awesome! Once he knew it was Dylan's first flight he brought us everything under the sun. Dylan got his first wings, a certificate for his first flight, a deck of cards (we're encouraging those gambling skills young these days), a coloring book and some other stuff.

We made it safely to Chicago and Toni picked us up at the airport. I fed Dylan on the airplane, but apparently on the car ride to grandma's, he decided he was STARVING!! I was a little nervous that we were going to get in a car accident on the way home because Grandma Toni doesn't like anything that makes her grandson cry. I assured her although he was a bit hysterical, he was not starving and would be fine. I think at one point Billy even offered to drive :) Once we made it to Grandma's we made his bottle and I fed it to him. Now, I'm by no means a bottle expert. In fact, I very rarely feed him a bottle (Nick's the expert on this one). Well, you basically have to stop feeding him after a few ounces and get him to burp. Sometimes he's okay with this, other times he cries like you might never feed him again. Well, Saturday he decided to go with the crying route...of course it's not so easy for mom to take that so I gave in and fed him some more. Billy and Karl went and got us lunch, so I gave Dylan to Nicki to hold him when he was done eating while I ate lunch. Well, a few minutes later, Dylan started spitting up (what seemed like gallons) all over Nicole, himself and the floor. So, we had an impromptu sink bath which he loved :) Luckily, he was still wearing his plane outfit and not his party outfit, so no worries.

Toni had a party for people to come and meet Dylan (some claimed it was to see me as well, but I know the truth). Dylan had a GREAT time and loved meeting everybody. Thanks so much to all who stopped by. It was very nice to get to see everybody. And yes, as you look through the pictures, Dylan is wearing 2 different outfits. No, he didn't spit up again, he's got so many cute clothes that Nick and I decided he needed to change clothes in the middle of the party. Soon, he'll be too old for us to play dress up with him!

Just taking a a sink!

Looking awfully cute in Brad's arms :)

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With Melissa in party outfit number 2

Dylan loved hanging out with Aunt Beth!

Dorian is definitely a natural!

I'm not sure Nicki trusted Tiffany, but she was great!

Sunday morning we got up really early. Billy, Nicki and I camped out in the basement and Dylan slept in the guest room. I didn't sleep well because I was nervous about the timing of everything for Sunday morning. And, I'm not used to listening for Dylan through a monitor (I just leave the doors open at night). Dylan who had partied hard, slept through the night which was great! We got up, put on our Cubs gear and headed to the stadium. We met up with the family and around 9 a.m. the Cubbies let us walk out to the left field warning track. We said a prayer, sang Take Me Out to the Ballgame and left a piece of Zach there. I also took some of the warning track dirt and a bit of ivy back with us. It was a super emotional time for everybody (I can't even write about it without tearing up), but it was very special. Zach would've absolutely loved it and it was so nice of the Cubs to let us honor Zach in such a special way. (another huge thanks to Carrie Mac for making it happen!)

After the ceremony, Nicki's friends graciously had us over for bagels (thanks Heather for getting them). We walked over to Luke, Alicia and Grace's place where they hosted a little brunch for us (complete with an awesome French toast souffle that Luke made). They have a great deck with lots of toys so Ella, Gracie and Dylan were thrilled. They showed us such amazing hospitality, and we are super appreciative! Zach and I have been to a few games with Luke (I think even a few shots might have been done...), but for them to open their house to all of us was above and beyond. They were even sweet enough to let Ella and Morris hang out after we all went back for the game so Ella could get a good nap in. Thanks again Luke, Alicia and especially Gracie! We had a great time!!!!

Gracie was very interested in Dylan. She kept giving him his key rattle to play with! She is SO cute!!!

We headed back to Wrigley Field. One of Nicole's MBA friends who used to work for the Cubs helped us get on the field during batting practice. Because we had the family ceremony in the morning, we decided it would be neat to have Zach's friends come on the field before the game. (I know I always refer to them as Zach's friends, but I truly consider all of the gang there my great friends as well. I've known them since I first started dating Zach and we've all been really great friends ever since. It was very nice getting to see all of them again, and hopefully we'll be able to meet up for a Hawkeye game this fall!). It was really neat to be on the field for the second time that day and we got some really good pictures.

The Cubs won the game that day. The weather was great and we had a great time. Dylan is now officially 2 - 0 for baseball games!

Hanging with the college group on the field before the game!

Sleeping like a baby in mommy's arms

Dylan loved hanging out with all the guys! I think they'll all take it as their personal responsibility to corrupt Dylan when he gets older!

1-2-3 strikes you're out at the old ballgame!!

Hanging with the fam!

After the game, a group of us went to Giordano's (my favorite pizza place). It was great to get to spend some more quality time with everybody.

4 generations :)

On Monday Grandma Toni, Nicki, Andrea, Morris, Ella, Dylan and I explored downtown Chicago a bit. We went to Buckingham fountain and to Millennium Park. Ella loved drumming on the giant "bean" and looking at her reflection in it.

Dylan loved hanging out with Grandpa Karl!!

So, that's pretty much it for the Chicago trip. Thanks again so much to Toni and Karl for their hospitality all weekend. We can't wait to come back and visit again soon!! Dylan did great on the plane back as well. He actually got a bit hysterical in line to get on the plane...but as soon as we got on, I fed him and he literally slept the entire flight. I wanted to hold him up and show everybody what a good baby he was. We flew back with the Morris crew and had a great time playing peek-a-boo with Ella :)

The day after we got back from Chicago, Dylan had his 4 month check up with the pediatrician. He weighed in at 12 pounds 8 ounces (gaining 20 ounces in 26 days, which is great). Dr. Kate said he looked FANTASTIC!! And was super impressed with how physical he was...she told me I better prepare myself for him to be an early crawler/walker since he seems like such a mover and a shaker. Dylan also had to get his 4 month shots :( He did great with them as well. He was a little bit cranky that afternoon (poor Aunt Nicole), but after a little bit of Tylenol he was back to his happy self...although a bit sleepier than normal.

After the pediatrician, we headed to Children's Mercy (south campus) for a follow up appointment with Dr. Ostlie. Dr. Ostlie thought everything looked great. He thinks he'll do the next stomach surgery when Dylan is 6-7 months old. We made a follow up appointment for the end of September and will likely schedule his surgery then but it'll probably be in October.

HAPPY 4 MONTH BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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