Griffin fell asleep yesterday after we got back from the passport photo fiasco, and slept solid till around 5:30! Goodness... I mean like a rock! He woke me up clapping his hands. We then played a little round of "Where'd Griffin Go?" with the blanket, so that may be his morning ritual... we will have to see. He has a crib tonight, so I am going to finally SLEEP without having to worry about him rolling off the bed and busting up his head again.
So, we got up and I packed while Griffin watched Playhouse Disney. He really seemed to like a show called Chuggerton or something like that. It's about a train yard and he was so into it. No, not Thomas the Train... this one is newer and, I think anyway, cooler than Thomas the Train. I discovered that I am out of clean clothes, so guess what I get to add to my list of things to do today.
We went down and had breakfast... cheese omelets. Again, he packed away the egg in his cheeks and was trying to squeeze out the egg bits every so often. I think this is his way of getting more food. I am thinking that in the orphanage, since they just shoved the food in their mouths, he may have done this to get more food, then savored the food throughout the morning. Nonetheless, I have started forcing milk/juice/water after his meals to try to wash this down, then I will run my finger around through his gums to make sure he isn't "storing" food. That's a behavior that if he has, we need to break quickly so he doesn't think that we are keeping food from him. We want to assure him that he will always have a decent supply of food and liquids.
After breakfast, we took off to the Social Security Administration in Kenner, LA. It was a rather nice facility for a government office. I guess many of these places are fairly new since the flood in 2005. Anyway, we were there right at opening and we were like 30th in line. So, we settled in for a wait. Finally we were called and the lady took all of our application and documentation. Come to find out, we didn't have to do this appointment before the passport appointment, and it's going to take like 4 weeks to get his card in the mail. Booo! Was hoping to have the card in hand before we had to head back, but oh well.
After lunch, we walked back toward the Passport Agency. We stopped in a gift shop and I almost bought the kids some matching outfits that looked like Thing 1 & Thing 2 shirts, but they said Trouble 1, Trouble 2 & Trouble 3. They didn't have the right sizes though. I'll have to keep my eye open for that one! We got back for our appointment at 2:30, and wouldn't you know, the passport wasn't ready. It actually didn't get finished until nearly 4:00. We then made our way out of NOLA and headed North to the great state of Mississippi!
After the time in Baxterville, we headed to Hattiesburg. I knew Griffin was getting tired at the end of our visit in Baxterville, but I didn't know he was that tired... he finally fell asleep in the car. He slept the 15-20 minute drive to Hattiesburg. We got to Maria's mom's & I pulled him out of the car, and no sooner did I get him out than the entire family had congregated outside to greet Griffin. He seemed a little disoriented and maybe even a little overwhelmed, but within a minute, he dove for Maw-Maw's arms! So sweet! He propped up on her shoulder & the whole family surrounded them. One of those perfect moments. Yes, Maria... I am driving a white VW Beetle... the newer body style beetle... and it's still just as small and still not as manly as any other car I have ever driven! Oh yeah, so far, everyone has said that they don't think Griffin can leave! They all want to keep him here! LOL! I told them they'd have to fight Maria for him!
After he was put down for the night, I ran up to Wal*Mart to grab some juice & essentials for his breakfast in the morning. And now... it's time for me to crash! Plus, there is thunder & rain... I may not wake up tomorrow! LOL!
See ya'll tomorrow!
Well, I think it's safe to say that my Little G is on the mend. She still has her rash but it is slowly fading and she is happy again! Her appetite is getting back to normal as well.
This is the last week of school for Big G. I can't believe that she will soon be a 2nd grader. Where does the time go?
I took a much needed trip to the chiropractor today. It has been since March since my last visit and it was much needed. I feel better already. :-)
I went out to eat with my friend, Ashley, after the chiropractor appt today and it was a much needed outing, as well. A huge thunderstorm happened right as we were about to go inside so we waited it out for awhile before heading in. Thunderstorms are very rare here, it seems, so it was so nice to hear the thunder again. I wish it would happen again tonight!
I'm so ready to get my guys home. No matter how long my hubby is away, whether it is only a few weeks or a year, toward the end of it, it always feels the same. I miss him. I really hope that their appts went well today so that there will be no delay in making it home on the 16th. We are really looking forward to it. I managed to get a few things done today but there is so much left to do. A lot of it is just just making a central location for things that I want to sell, donate, and trash. I've started upstairs in my children's bedrooms and slowly working my way down. So right now, everything is just kind of hanging out on our landings of the stairs and it's driving me nuts. I'm definitely nesting, can't you tell? :-)
Tonight, Griffin will meet my family and I'm so excited about that. I wonder if he will like fried catfish and boiled crawfish, too? We will just have to wait and see!! ;-)