We ended up traveling to El Paso twice in December, at the beginning of December for the anniversary of Zeus's mom's passing, and at the end of December for New Year's and the Sun Bowl.
First trip out:
enthralled by a story book - Victoria, DJ, me, Mia and Carlos
Mia's first taste of bean juice - Zeus was way excited. Mia only took a few swallows... :)
...then decided to try sucking the beans out of mama's (refried) bean burrito instead
Pobrecita got an ear infection this trip out. Back at grandma Lina's after a trip to the ER with a fevered screaming baby. On medication and eating the doctor's orders while trying to eat her toes at the same time... that's my girl!
Visiting Zeus's mom and sister's grave sites.
Had to hit Chico's Tacos on the way out of El Paso.
Stopped on the way back in Fredricksburg at the holiday town square. Tia Bertha, mama and Mia - BRRRR!
Time for a quick family shot.
Then a little further down the road, more lovely lights.
back at home - first time trying solids - don't even THINK about putting that in my mouth
mama knows all the tricks - rubbing the gums gets the mouth open...
...so you can get the spoon in. Tricky, tricky!
Mid December we headed to Houston for Mia's one month surgery follow-up at Shriner's Hospital. Zeus's friend Robert was kind enough to hook us up with a reduced rate room so that we didn't have to rush the trip and be on the road 6 hours in one day. Thank you Robert!!!
Mia and Dr. Blackwell - the plastic surgeon who did her repair.
The hotel we stayed at had a fun little decorated section in the lobby. Had to get a pic of Mia and Santa.
Papa's turn with Mia in front of the chimney and Christmas tree.
Christmas party at Chrissy's and decorating cookies. So fun! Santa even showed up and delivered presents to all the kiddos.
Mia and papa on mom and dad's first anniversary - dinner at Hut's where we ate all the time when we were dating.
Mia "hangin" at Hut's while mommy and daddy ate.
Family photo on December 26th - Anniversary dinner at Hut's. :)
All bundled up with papa and ready to hit the road.
Seriousness. Mia playing on the floor while mama cleans her little room and puts away her clothes.
My little investigator checking out the tray on her stroller while mama has her post op follow up visit at the doctors office.
Checking out every nook and cranny of the stroller.
Getting so big - she can finally sit up in the cart! These smaller Ross carts are the perfect size.
However, the larger Walmart carts work great for tired babies who are done sitting up.
Ahhh! So comfy! We kept tucking her arm back in and she'd stretch it back out again. Silly girl!
Yeah, my baby girl LOVES cups and even knows how to "work" them. She see's anyone with a cup and she gets "excited baby body" and opens her mouth for it. :)
LOVING the bouncer... until mama realized her little hands were turning PURPLE! :( Guess she's still a little to small for the arm holes and it was cutting off circulation. Sadness on so many levels!