So, we are back from Florida! The trip down was effortless. We ended up with the whole row to ourselves (a trick I will use again in the future!) on the plane and Lily flew like a seasoned traveler. Speaking of, if you were curios as to the median age of travelers on a non-stop flight to West Palm Beach on an Sunday afternoon in March, it is 85 years young.
We had great weather the entire trip. We did a lot of visiting with Matt's family, many of whom met Lily for the first time. I am especially grateful that Matt's grandmother was able to meet Lily, and that Lily didn't cry hysterically or hit her in the face (a new and not so charming trick).
Lily liked the zoo. Mostly she liked the stray birds that wander around the zoo. She was less than impressed by the bears, which Matt and I thought were great! We got to see a Kookaburra (some crazy bird), which is where Lily gets the name Coo Coo from. Have I not mentioned that here...90% of the time we call our baby Coo Coo. (Short Aside: Our second night in the hospital when Lily was born she had to sleep in a light box because she was jaundiced. She cried and cried. When I finally got to hold her the only kids song I could think of was "Kookaburra sits in the old gum tree..." I couldn't remember more than half the words but I just kept singing it over and over. Hence the nickname.) I think it is only fitting that Lily loves birds :)
The highlight of the trip was definitely the days we spent at Aunt Cindy and Uncle Randy's. We bought a 7 dollar inflatable pool at Wal-Mart and set it up in the backyard. Lily would have napped in that thing if I had let her. We got some great pictures.
So some not so great parts. 1) None of us slept very much. Which was ok for the first week, but by the end of the trip Lily was kind of a basket case. 2) Lily had a nasty slip at Cindy's and bruised her left cheek. For most of the vacation we got sideways glances from strangers. 3) Lily hated the beach. No wait, she H-A-T-E-D it. The sand, obviously the texture of broken glass and the temperature of molten lava. The water, clearly flesh eating and the temperature of dry ice. If people didn't think the bruise was proof enough, Lily made sure to alert every single person on the beach to the obvious child abuse taking place.
My biggest regret is that we didn't take many family photos. I think that is the biggest downside to the fancy camera, people are reluctant to take a quick pic for us. From now on we will bring the little point and shoot for just such occasions. We did get these great pictures in Cindy and Randy's backyard one evening, my favorites of the whole trip.
Oh and guess what? I remembered my flip flops :)