Despite being a very sad time, we tried to have some fun moments during our trip to the US. Jude, perhaps, had the most fun in this wild contraption – ‘the Jumperoo’ – it played music, made animal noises, and kept our little guy very entertained. He needed all the entertainment he could get as, after the funeral, I came down with some nasty bug – a super duper bad head cold which pretty much deemed me useless.
Thankfully there were plenty of people around to keep him entertained.
Jen dressed him up as Winny the Pooh,
And Natalie gave him his first piano lesson.
Before my sisters left to return to their respective States we managed to do one final outing to the pumpkin path. I was still feeling pretty crap but couldn’t pass up an opportunity to photograph Jude with giant pumpkins.
He wasn’t sure what all the fuss was about but went along with it anyway.
Such as good sport.
Even managed a smile.
I did too.
We did a group shot to remember the occasion.
After Jen and Nat left, Mom and Dad pitched and helped out with Jude while I tried to rest and recover.
Jude would wake up at 6 or 7am and I would get to go right back to sleep thanks to them.
When I was feeling a bit better we made a trip downtown to the Cleveland Zoo.
We did our best to show Jude all the animals but he wasn’t really all that interested.
We made it an educational experience, too, by showing him just how small he is,
As well as how to ride an elephant (should he ever find himself in a situation where he needs to).
All of it made him pretty tired and he passed out before we got to the bears.
After the bears we came across a very scenic area of the park – perfect for father- daughter; and
The rest of the time we laid low – hung out at home watching ‘Elmo’s Song’
Sorting through old baby clothes my Mom saved,
And taking quick trips to Target to buy diapers.
We had just one night out to eat.
The day before we flew I was feeling better but poor wee Jude had caught whatever it was I had. So I stocked up on baby advil and such to help get him through the 18 hour journey. We said our goodbyes.
Despite being sick, Jude was a champ. He didn’t cry once on the trip home. He must have been excited for what was waiting for him at home…