We headed North (and east) for Christmas… John Deere graciously gives their employees 2 weeks off around Christmas time and I was able to take a few days plus work remotely from Wisconsin as well. Makenzie had been in daycare for 3 weeks now and for a good week had been sneezing, coughing, and had an awful stuffy nose and I knew it was only a matter of time until I felt under the weather too. It’s pretty much inevitable being a mommy. Half the time when I was feeding her, she would stop, pull off, and either sneeze or cough all over me. It kind of comes with the territory of being a mommy and especially if your kids go to the petri dish that we call daycare.
Friday night (the 21st) I started feeling off. You know the feeling, shivers, sweats, stomach pains, achy body and the way this dreaded flu bug is spreading all over the country, I knew I was in for a tough start to our Christmas break. We were going to leave early Saturday morning and head up towards Madison. I had plans to get my hair done with my good friend and amazing hair stylist, Nichole, and my friend Anessa who I haven’t seen in FOREVER, was going to make the trip to Madison to see me and meet Miss Makenzie. So, puking or not puking we were going to Madison that morning. It was a lay on the bathroom floor kind of night and I was hoping and praying that Makenzie didn’t randomly wake up and want to eat. I was starting to feel a smidge better when it was time for us to leave and thankfully, I had packed the night before. Brian packed the truck up while I layed on the couch and Makenzie slept in her bouncer (she never does this, she must really have felt icky too)! We got to Madison without having to stop or frantically pull over and I was pretty confident that I had flushed the worst of my flu bug down the toilet earlier that morning. I was so happy to see the girls and my hair was especially happy to see Nichole! Anessa had made Makenzie a beautiful monogrammed quilt made with shades of purples and pinks, I’m in love with it!
After we left Madison we headed another 2 or so hours east to Grafton to spend the first half of our Christmas break with the Kopecko side. We had a great few days with everyone and Makenzie got to try out her Pack n Play for the first time. She did a lot better than I expected considering she had never slept in it before AND she had an awful headcold and could hardly breathe out of her nose. She had so much fun playing with her Grammy, Grandpa, Aunt Melissa, Uncle Scott, Uncle Matt, and two cousins Allison and Katelyn. It was great to see the whole family together! On Christmas Eve Scott made a traditional Jewish dinner just for the heck of it, it was very yummy and even better all dairy free (thank you so much). We played cards, pool, watched the Packers, opened presents, drank wine, and had a lot of laughs. On Sunday morning, I was doing some research on the Nose Frida. It’s basically a bulb syringe that you stick in baby’s nose all the while sucking the snot out yourself. Never fear, you will not get any in your mouth but it’s supposed to be the BEST THING EVER. People raved about it left and right and at this point, Makenzie was considerably congested. The humidifier didn’t seem to be doing much at night and neither was the Vicks Baby Rub on her chest or Saline drops up her nose, which just made her angry. So bless my inlaw’s hearts, all of them, I decided that we needed to give this a go. The only place that carried it was down in Milwaukee at Whole Foods, which was about 35 min away. I very well would have drove down there myself but we had Brian’s truck and I’m not a huge fan of driving that thing. So, at 6:30 we packed in and made our drive to Whole Foods. The Nose Frida worked no better than the bulb syringe you get from the hospital (which works pretty good). It was so not worth the trip but I was somewhat desperate and felt so awful for Makenzie. You need some serious lung power for the Nose Frida and Brian quickly declinded to give it a wirl when I asked him to. Either way, no one thought I was crazy for going to pick this thing up at 6:30 at night!
Christmas day we packed up, said our goodbyes and headed south to Burlington to visit with my family. We spent Tues-Friday visiting with my parents, my sister Jen, her husband Ryan, as well as Bryce and Caden. It’s fun watching Bryce try to interact with the two babies, both of them look at him like he is somewhat crazy but he loves it. Wednesday, Brian went to dinner and play cards with his brother Matt, while my Aunt Deb and cousins, Craig and Kiley came over to meet Makenzie. Craig lives in New York and Kiley is a senior at UW-Oshkosh (kicking butt playing soccer)! Thursday and Friday I had to work but was able to do so remotely which was great. Mom had off of work so she was able to spend a lot of time with Makenzie plus Brian was there too. My poor dad has an awful work schedule where he has to wake up around 2 a.m. and sometimes works until 5 pm, it’s CRAZY and I have no idea how he does it. But he would come home and have all this energy for his little granddaughter and she loved it! Makenzie really adjusted well to being in two new places for a whole week.
When Friday rolled around Brian and I decided to head back down to Iowa. We wanted to get home and spend some time together, just the three of us, before I had to go back to work on Monday.
It was such a fun Christmas and we kept saying how much crazier next year Christmas will be. At the Kopecko’s, Allison will be 4, Katelynn will be almost 2, and Makenzie will be 16 months. And at the Streblow’s, Bryce will be 3 1/2 and Caden will be 13 months…. All those non mobile babies will be walking everywhere!
All in all we had a great trip visiting our families. There is nothing like being home for the holiday’s no matter how old you are!