George and I have a rather large extended family within the metroplex so we typically make rounds for major holidays. Having four preemies meant taking extreme precautions to prevent illness so our plans drastically changed this year. Instead of our usual hustle, we spent the holidays on a smaller scale. It was nice having low key holidays, but we missed many of our extended family members and all the family traditions.
With lock down officially OVER, the babies enjoyed their first extended family holiday on Easter Sunday. They’ve seen the majority of our extended family, but in smaller doses. This was the first time they were around family in full force! We made the same faux road trip to Nisey and Grandpa’s as we did on St. Patrick’s day. Like before, we fed the babies first thing in the morning, put them down for their morning nap then headed out after their lunch. The idea was they’d get at least one good nap before we left. They did great with the travel aspect of it all. I always ask the babies how they are doing during transit and usually it’s silence so I assume all are sleeping. I’m relatively certain Rylin did not take a nap during the van ride this time. She was even keel the first hour or so we were there then she snapped and transformed into Banshee Rylin. We attempted to put her down for nap in a Pack ‘n’ Play, but she wasn’t having that. Sydney and Harper probably would have napped, but Rylin stirred them up so much they refused nap too. I settled with letting the three of them take lap naps. A lap nap is far better than NO nap. Mason was duped into taking a nap when Grandpa lulled him to sleep.
With so many doting relatives around, George and I escaped all afternoon and evening feeds and most diaper changes too. That was a nice change of pace. For the most part, the babies were the center of attention most of the day. However, before lunch we gathered together to reflect upon the meaning of Easter and what brought us there.
1 Peter 1:3
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead…
I hope you had a Happy Easter this year and remembered why it is a day of celebration.