It’s been nearly two weeks since our new family of four took on our first (of many) road trips to Michigan, yet it seems like just yesterday we were packing up to leave.
Let me start by saying, packing for a newborn is a COMPLETELY different ballgame than packing for yourself. I started my ‘Michigan Pack List’ on Monday of that week and found myself adding something else to it pretty much everyday. There was one column for baby, one for mommy, and one for miscellaneous things (if space allowed). I started putting things aside midweek, and by the time of our departure on Friday, we had one. packed. truck.
The actual drive up to Michigan went very well – better than I expected actually. The hubs sat in the backseat with Emery for the first half while Allie and I manned the front seats. We switched spots just after getting into the mitten, where I changed and fed E (via bottle) at a lovely gas station. He napped for the majority of the drive, which ended up taking nearly 5.5 hours thanks to rush hour/ Labor Day traffic. Here’s what Emery had to say about that,,
We made it to Grandpa and Gigi’s house safe and sound, though traffic and crazy drivers certainly added anxiety to traveling with a baby on board.
The main reason for our trip was to celebrate the wedding of my baby cousin, Scott, and his new bride, Caity! The gorgeous event took place at Goldner Walsh Garden in Pontiac. It was another beautiful family wedding (thanks Papa & Grandma!) and we had a blast while Auntie S watched baby E back at home. It was awesome seeing many of the family members we hadn’t seen since Christie & Ronnie’s wedding in May. Congrats to the newlyweds!! We had a blast!
Monday, my friend and fabulous photographer, Jaime, came over to snap some baby pics of our little guy! We intended to do this much sooner after he was born, but life happened. So it worked out perfectly that we were coming into town and she had a couple of free hours. Shooting was a blast (per usual) and the little guy behaved quite nicely. We got a few sample shots from her later that day which left me SO beyond excited to see the rest!! Thanks again, girl!
What was initially going to be a long weekend somehow turned into a week long vaca for Emery and I. Since we had nothing going on in Indiana, we decided it’d be nice to hang in Michigan for a few extra days. Unfortunately, the hubs had to go back to work starting on Tuesday. Not to mention, Allie was majorly freaked out by Griffin’s cone of shame (he had an ACL repair a few weeks ago) and was a little out of sorts all weekend. So we figured it’d be good for her to get back to her own stomping grounds and they headed home Monday afternoon. We certainly missed them while they were gone but were bound and determined to have a great week in their absence.
After the holiday weekend, we managed to stay busy all week long. Before our trip, I had told my Mom that I wanted to take a mini Michigan road trip while I was in town. We discussed possibly driving up north, but that seemed too difficult and too far for a day-trip. So instead, on Tuesday morning, we (along with Emery) headed west to Saugatuck! It was an easy 3-hour drive for a day-trip. We had a beautiful day full of sunshine and Emery was (once again) wonderful, spending most of the day napping in his Ergo while us girls shopped. Though we spent more time driving than visiting, we still had a great time!
Wednesday, Emery took his first trip to the cider mill! I mean, what’s a trip to Michigan in the fall without apples and cider??! It was definitely not even close to fall weather, with temps close to 80, but it was still a beautiful day spent with Grandpa and Gigi. We picked fresh raspberries (my first time), ate caramel apples while fighting off bumblebees, and spent lots of $$ on cider, sundaes and donuts. All in all, a perfect afternoon.
Hands down, one of the best parts of our trip was all the visitors who came to see Emery. It was occasionally overwhelming, but it truly was wonderful to see so many people love on our little guy. And the gifts!! Oh my. This is one spoiled baby.
In some sort of order, here is the list of everyone who visited: (more pics to come)
Great Great Baba
Great Uncle Sam
Great Uncle Larry & Aunt Paula
Aunt Cora & Camille
Great Auntie Anne
Family Friend Jackie
Great Aunt Tina, Uncle John, & Great Great Aunt Rita
Great Uncle Darryl & Ellen
Great Aunt Debra
Family Friends Sandy & Dave
Great Aunt Nancy & Uncle Greg
Family Friend Lora
Uncle Anthony & Jordan
And as if that wasn’t enough, we were lucky enough to see lots of other family and friends (too many to list!) at the grand opening of Alley 59 on Friday night! Alley 59 is the bowling alley that my brother Anthony, cousin/sister Samantha, and friend Jay bought and renovated this summer. The finished product is absolutely stunning and I couldn’t be more proud of what they’ve accomplished. All of their blood sweat and tears have been totally worth it. If you’re a Michigan native or up for a visit, you should definitely stop by and check it out!!
We all had a blast at the party. Even Emery had fun, despite the fact that he slept THE ENTIRE 5 hours we were there, waking only once for a feeding! While he slept, cocktails were enjoyed, music blared, and he was continuously passed around/ snuggled with by most of our friends. Everyone kept telling me how horrible of a night I was going to have since E slept so much, when in fact he slept super soundly from 1-8a! Not too shabby for a 6 week old 🙂
The rest of the weekend was a mish-mash of things. Some shopping. Some playing. Some laundry. Some naps.
Sunday morning, I tackled the daunting task of re-packing, which was much more challenging due to all the gifts we had received! Again, this baby: SPOILED. Emery was a little fussy, adding to the difficulty. But Mom and I got it done, and by 1p we had our Starbucks and were on the road back to Indiana (where she stayed for a couple days more). I must say, so far, Emery is a great road trip companion. Which is incredibly reassuring since I (no hubs) will be making the 4-hr trip with him and Allie in a few short weeks. Fingers crossed for a smooth ride.
I can’t even begin to explain how special this trip was to us. Spending so much time with Mom and Dad was incredible and introducing Emery to so many family and friends was beyond wonderful. Thank you to everyone who came by, brought gifts, and loved on our little guy. It was definitely a memorable first trip to Michigan for E! I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, we sure are blessed!