Does anyone care to identify what famous landmark I took a picture of from my hotel room?
Loud boos and pounding music...now cheering fans assaulting my ears from the right...a satisfied cooing baby delights the senses from my left. Yes, I am sitting in a very old hotel room in downtown Boston. Outside my window is Fenway Park. On the hotel bed next to me is my baby Addison.
It all started this morning. I woke up on my first Mother's Day as a new mother to cries of my sweet baby around 5:45 this morning. Since Aaron had the 6:00 feed, I kicked him (in the nicest way possible, of course) so that he would go feed her early. However, Mother got there first, and I heard- "Deanna, we will need your help here" I dragged my tired self out of bed (since I had done the late feeding, I was hoping for a few more minutes of sleep before starting the day). I went into Addison's room and saw what my Mother had called me in there for. Addison, somehow had not only kicked off both blankets, but had also wiggled all the way out of her diaper and was now laying in a pool of really gross nastiness, naked from the waist down and freezing. She was also crying because she was hungry. Hmmm....Happy first Mother's Day to me. (-:
After this wonderful start, Mother and I loaded up the car, gave Addison yet another bath and hit the road to Connecticut. Our ultimate destination was Boston, but we were very graciously invited to lunch by Aaron's sister Kalyn and her husband Jess. So, we took a short detour to visit with them and celebrate Mother's Day. (It is the first mother's day for both Kalyn and I). We had a wonderful lunch, went to a beautiful park to take a walk and then headed back to their apartment for cheesecake where we were joined by Aaron's parents, his sister Kenly and my sister Andria- all headed back to Vermont after picking up Kenly and my sister from school in South Carolina. We all visited for about an hour and then Mother, Addison and I continued on our way to Boston.
We knew that our hotel was downtown Boston, but we had no idea that we could practically reach out and touch Fenway Park until we were unloading in the parking lot and we could hear the Star Spangled Banner being sung. All of a sudden, the horrendous traffic that we were in for the last couple of miles of our trip made sense. The hotel is very old, and when I went to check in, I found out that we are on the second floor and this hotel has no elevator. Addison was carried up the stairs in her stroller by two middle aged men who spoke no English. There are apparently no rooms available on the first floor until tomorrow. It seems that the Children with Special Health Needs who reserved this room for us would have mentioned that we needed to be on the first floor because of the lack of elevator...interesting.
Anyway, I am still listening to the very, very loud sounds pounding in the window from Fenway Park and wondering how late the game will go until....guessing I won't get much sleep tonight between that and feeding Addison. I almost don't care because I think it is pretty cool to be so close to the historic ball field. I will look forward to telling this story to Addison when she is older. She has been such an angel all day. I could not ask for a better baby. Today has been tiring and exhausting, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat. We are here so that Addison's heart can be fixed. Tomorrow we have eight hours of testing and pre-registration...another exhausting and tiring day, but it is all worth it. Because when this is all over, I get to take my baby home and kiss her boo boos all better. That is what being a mother is all about, right?
Trying to get a good shot of Addison's and Svana's feet to show the size difference...
I just want to say that I am so thankful for my mother's help today in the trip. I could not have done this without her help. I have the most wonderful mothers. Happy Mother's Day, Mother and Mom Smith. You are both amazing women.