Georgia at about Five Weeks
We've had a great six weeks since Georgia was born. This blog post is intended to fill in the gaps left by our daily picture blog, http://kickjohnson.blogspot.com.
Four the first month of Georgia's life, we had family staying with us almost every night. We had a steady stream of visitors from moments after we came home from the hospital at 9:00 PM on Friday night. My parents were first (here five days) followed two hours later by Harry & Lucy (36 hours). Patti and Stan arrived in the area that same night, but didn't come over from their hotel until the next morning, and they went back to STL on Tuesday. The best visitor was Nicholas. He worked a thirty hour shift that Sunday, but then started a nearly two week paternity leave. (He would like to thank liberal politics and gender equality for making this possible.) We didn't think something like this could happen, so we're very grateful that it worked out the way it did.
Harry and Lucy ended up driving the old, faithful '92 Honda, with its single working door, back to Utah via Mt Rushmore and Devils Tower. The night before they left, Harry went to Walmart and bought an oil change kit, window tinting (which they applied to the outside of the car for easy removal upon arriving in Utah) and new wiper blades. We all knew it had no radio, but we were sad when they discovered miles into the trip that the air conditioning had died. Fortunately it was unseasonably cool so no one melted.
Since Georgia is the first granddaughter, everyone went a little nuts shopping for clothing and accessories that did not have dinosaurs, heavy equipment, vehicles or sports on them. During our day in the hospital (we were there about 27 hours total), Nick ran back to the house to take care of a few things, like the dog for instance. On his way back, he stopped at Babies R Us and bought her several pink things, including a ridiculously expensive dress. Just FYI, my standard for a ridiculous newborn dress costs $30. My mom and Aunt Patti went shopping and each came back with new clothes for Georgia. Family bought her clothes, neighbors brought things, and friends gave things. I've been amazed at how generous people have been to us. She has so many cute clothes, that even though she goes through several outfits a day, she always looks fabulous.
A day after my parents left, my sister Katie came for 36 hours. About 36 hours after her departure, my brother Dallas, his wife Shannon, and their three boys arrived here by car via Mt Rushmore and Devils Tower, and most importantly West Des Moines, Iowa. With them, we went to the Museum of Science and Industry, and briefly visited a Parish Festival where Maggie Speaks was playing. I just kept Georgia in her car seat and so no one breathed on her or touched her. See Dallas's blog for a much more exciting summary of their visit.
The day after they left, Nick's mom and sister came, bringing with them cute things for Georgia and a present for Henry. Debbie even made Georgia a beautiful crocheted dress. We all visited the art museum and Millennium Park on that Saturday, then that evening, Debbie and Samantha watched Henry while Nick and I attended the Residency Graduation Dinner, with Georgia along for the ride. I was a little nervous taking Georgia to a rather formal event, but she stayed underneath the table in her car seat without making a peep. People were very surprised at the end of the night to find out she had been there the whole time, wearing her ridiculously expensive dress. Nick received an award for being the best resident teacher, as chosen by the medical students who rotated through surgery this year.
On Monday, he went back to work and the rest of us headed to the Happiest Place on Earth [for Nerds], the Museum of Science and Industry. It's so big and wonderful, I still haven't seen all of it. Debbie and Sami left that evening, and about 24 hours later, my Aunt Jo Ellen, aka Toots, arrived for her two week visit.