We’re back! We had such a nice time visiting Jon…but it went by before I could blink. I seriously can’t believe how quickly it was over. *sad face* The good news is: I get to see him again in less than a month for his graduation.
McKenzie was over-the-moon, and very
needy loving with her daddy. Understandably. I thought she might be standoffish since it’s been over 2 months, but they didn’t skip a beat! It just made it hard to spend any time with him or have a conversation…the interrupting was constant (a pet peeve of mine). Granted, she’s used to having me one-on-one, so interrupting usually isn’t an issue. I cut her some slack, but we’ll need to work on finding a better balance next time we’re all together.
Speaking of which, I think I’ve decided to go to his graduation ceremony [from basic training] alone…not only will it be cheaper (one less plane ticket), but we really need some time alone as a couple before this baby comes…because he’s less than 3 months away! I guess it will be our version of a “Babymoon.” I feel a little selfish for it, but I think it’s really important. McKenzie should be able to see him the following week anyway for the Fourth of July, so during that visit she can
hog have him all she wants.
On to the recap! We arrived Thursday around noon, the day before his Pass. When I arrived to pick up our rental car, I was informed we would be driving this bad boy:
Um, wow. I was surprised. I’d upgraded for $2/day ($8 total) to a mid-size car, because I thought it would be easier to fit McKenzie’s car seat. Lo and behold, we get a 2 door. Still not complaining…once I wrestled the car seat in, it wasn’t a problem! And Jon thought it was pretty sweet. So that was a nice start to the trip!
I took McKenzie to Chuck-E-Cheese in the evening because we’d never been there. I thought she could run around and play & waste some energy and we could grab a bite to eat…the food was DISGUSTING. It was all cheese (and not good cheese…being from Wisco, we’re cheese snobs). Literally. Not good for my low-fat anti-itch diet. McKenzie didn’t even want to eat it. So we threw the food away, used up all our tokens at the arcade, and went to the grocery store. Gotta love cereal! At least it felt a little better to be eating Kix than gross greasy food. I can justify a fatty meal if it tastes good, but the Chuck-E-Cheese food was just nasty. Won’t be going there again.
The next day we didn’t see Jon until 4pm, so we hung out around the hotel. I got to meet another wife, whom I’d met through Facebook (also pregnant!), and we hung out with her and had a lunch together before going to pick up our Soldiers for Family Day at Fort Benning! (<–Random note: It’s SO weird to call him a Soldier…Marines are Marines, Army is Soldiers. He will always be a Marine to me…it’s very new & very weird.) We sat around and waited for probably 30 minutes before we were “briefed” at 3:55pm by one of the Drill Sergeants. McKenzie waited so patiently! We’d been there nearly an hour before we saw Jon…but we finally got to see him!
He was very tan, and he’d definitely lost about 10-15lbs (which he didn’t need to lose), and his voice sounded unfamiliar it had been so long! McKenzie ran & hugged him right away, and we held hands & walked to the car. Then we drove to a lovely hotel & splurged on a suite. It was amazing! Full kitchen, living room with pull-out couch, 2 flat screen TV’s, and a gorgeous 12th-floor view of the city skyline. And there was a rooftop pool on the 8th floor, which was gorgeous.
Friday evening, we just settled into the hotel & spent some time just hanging out together. We did a late dinner at a Southern-Style restaurant, where Jon noshed on Southern Country Fried Chicken & Collard Greens. He loved it…I guess they don’t usually eat tasty food at Basic Training.
The next day we had a lazy morning & cuddled as a family, watching cartoons with McKenzie. We had an early breakfast, then went out for lunch around noon. We discovered a delicious pizza place, and McKenzie was definitely loving the time with Daddy. I think he wears the buzz-cut well. ;)
After that we headed to the pool to get some sun. Jon wanted to even out his massive farmer’s tan from wearing his uniform 24/7. The pool was gorgeous, but SUPER cold.
Jon and McKenzie still played despite the cold. I LOVE these pictures, they’re probably some of my favorites from the trip. They really had a ton of fun together, and it was fun for me to just watch them be together. Can’t you tell from the smile on her face? They both have happy eyes. Makes me melt…even if I wish I had more one-on-one with him.
They really were two peas-in-a-pod. ((^^And please note: I did the DIY Swimsuit Alteration again with her new swimsuit! No falling straps=awesome…because the suit was seriously too cute to pass up. I love the royal blue.))
That night we went out for a nice dinner, and I got to see one of my best friends from high school (who just moved to Georgia) for a couple hours. She got McKenzie the cutest little blue running shorts/t-shirt & headbands! It’s always nice to see her, and I had some amazing lobster tacos for dinner. She always has fun stories, so it was nice to just have dinner and chat with her while Jon colored on the menu with McKenzie. Plus, McKenzie loves her.
When we got back to the hotel, we made up a version of Pictionary to play together. I’d whisper something in McKenzie’s ear for her to draw, she would draw it, and Jon would have to guess. She’s getting better at coloring, so it was really fun! Might even be a good restaurant game. It was definitely a good day.
BUT it was sad to wake up Sunday knowing that it was our last day with him. Like, really sad. It was hard to enjoy the time because I knew it was going to fly by…at least for me. Does that make sense? I don’t know. I just miss him so much and 48 hours did not seem like enough. I think it would be better if we could at least talk on the phone. ANYWAY. So we just cuddled some more & tried to soak up the time together.
But before we knew it, it was time to drop him back off. I can’t believe how much I miss him! It almost makes it worse. What a tease. I can’t wait until we’re living together again, but it looks like that might be as late as December.
Overall, it was an amazing trip. It was SO great to see him. Our trip home was mercifully uneventful compared to our California trip last month, so that was a plus.
And yes, Jon got to feel the baby kick. =) He got a nice thump a few times. Baby Boy is definitely getting stronger in there! I’m sure I’ll be much, much bigger when I see Jon next month. Also, Baby Boy is officially viable at 24 weeks now, so that’s exciting. I have my first Growth Scan (ultrasound) at our hospital’s Perinatal Clinic tomorrow. My wonderful mother-in-law is going to come too, and hopefully I’ll have some awesome (non-alien-looking) pics to share!