Yesterday was a picture-perfect day in Southern California. The sky was blue and cloudless, the temperature was splendid, and the agenda included family. We set out early to make the most of our day in San Diego, and we were fortunate to have good traffic in both directions; Paul really is clever with traffic. He’s been at this long enough that he’s got leaving San Diego at the end of a holiday and not having traffic down to an art. He’s really a genius.
Yesterday was Little Red’s half birthday and it was very nice of the United States of America to celebrate with a national holiday (–Memorial Day? Just a coincidence, I’m sure.) He’s getting so grown up. It’s hard to believe that it’s been two years ago I was pregnant and teaching in Virginia. We’re transitioning him into nursery, which is fun, and he does really well as long as I’m in the room. He’ll separate when he’s ready, in the meantime, I’m happy to sit in the corner and watch him grow up. Our nursery leader is very accomodating and supportive of us easing him into this new world.
We had a lot of fun visiting my husband’s brother and family. We took Big Brother and Nona to the park to give his parents some rest time, and we had a great time. Balboa Park is a manageable walk from the apartment and has endless adventure. The boys wore themselves out and slept the whole way home, while my husband and I chatted with his mother. Once back at the apartment we had a great time visiting with New Nephew. He’s a right cutie, and I think he looks a fair bit like his brother. His poor parents are still working out the name, one day they’ll feel good about one name, the next morning it just doesn’t seem right. I personally think that if they’re feeling so much ambivalence about the chosen names it means none of them are right and they should scrap them (for this baby, at least, because they’re cute names and may be good for subsequent children) and start fresh. But then, it was easy for us, all we had to do was ask our baby on the day he was born.
Little Red didn’t sleep well last night. I think he was overtired and overstimulated from the day, and I know he’s working on his last few teeth. No matter, he seems himself now and we’re going to the park with the water fountain, today. (It has a name, but if I said “Mayor’s Discovery Park” in La Cañada, would anyone know how cool it was?)