dave was off to denver for a 6 day work conference, our first separation since X was born. i was not up for being a single parent that long in a town with no family/close friends so i asked my mom if she could come help me, and im grateful she said yes.
so, dave departed saturday morning, early, and i only had to wait until the afternoon for help to arrive. my mom and her boyfriend al checked in to the westin hotel a few blocks from us and came over to see X in her humble abode. of course the week they come halifax decides to have its first real cold snap (temps in the low 40s, but "feels like" temps around freezing) so, as floridians, they were in for a shivering good time.
(photo op in a pile of leaves while waiting for marmee and pal to arrive)
after stashing the pile of new bibs (food bibs and drool bibs) my mom brought (hooray!), we headed out to the coffee shops to get them warm. i attempted to get them interested in our favorite nearby place (second cup, a canadian chain), but ultimately, they spotted the starbucks across the street and made that their homebase for the week...hey, i tried.
(visiting at the cafe)
after they were warmed up, X needed a nap. once she was ready to go again, we regrouped and headed over to the new restaurant "MIX fresh kitchen" for some local eats. mom got a lobster roll and al got a shrimp pasta dish. both said they enjoyed their food very much. i got the chicken mango nachos, but they forgot the mangoes. grrr. i didnt send it back because X has a limited amount of patience for sitting still in a public place. she was able to gum up a few tortilla chips though (unsalted).
(after dinner storytime)
it decided to rain today. joy. after dinking around in the morning, we set out for lunch at the trellis cafe after X woke up from her first nap. a tasty meal of lobster roll sandwiches for mom and al and chicken, apple, avocado sandwich for me. the restaurant was busy and it was nice to show them a spot where local nova scotians hang out and the kind of vibe they create.
on the way home from lunch we stopped at petes grocery store for some dinner items and went home to get X her nap. mom and al came over later to eat, and then i needed a shower. mom held X while i got cleaned up, but she seems to have entered a "strangers (or, anyone who isnt mom or dad) are scary" phase because she cried almost the whole time i was in the shower. and she pretty much acted this way for most of their visit. :( hopefully she grows out of it relatively fast.
(at the grocery store)
a grey and gloomy day. lovely. we decided to drive north to the wolfville area so mom and al could see the bay of fundy. i thought it might be nice to have lunch in port williams at the port pub because it has nice big windows overlooking a bay of fundy inlet. i knew, generally, how to get there, but as we approached i wanted to be sure of the exit because sometimes if you miss the correct exit you have to go many miles down the road before you get to the next one. we pulled out the map and i was helping to locate the proper page...and...a provincial cop pulls me over.
i wasnt staying in my lane too well (there were no other cars near us, i wasnt cutting people off or swerving into moving vehicles or anything) and he asked for my paperwork. i told him where we were trying to go and he let me off with a warning and proper directions. and believe it or not, that was the first time ive ever been pulled over in all my 29 years. holy shit im glad it didnt turn into a ticket. and better, im glad X didnt cry.
anyway, we finally made it to the pub and ordered our food. sandwiches all around. mom had a mushroom sandwich, al had a braised beef sandwich, and i had a chicken cranberry sandwich. X munched on some greens from my salad. after eating, we grabbed a quick picture outside. it was cold so we didnt stay long but at least it was low tide so they could see how high the water would normally come up in that spot.
(chilly outside the pub next to the bay of fundy inlet)
then back in the car we attempted to head back. X didnt like the car so much this time and made us pull over twice before my mom had to drive us home and i sat in back to try and keep X calm. thankfully it worked and we made it back in time to get her a proper nap. and then we ended the night down at the henry house for more pub food. at least it was a quiet night there. we sat by their fire and ordered our food. X was calm and enjoyed the tomato slices that came on my sandwich. the floor was a little messy after we left, but the waiter was nice about it.
COLD day today. we even saw a few snow flakes. we bundled X up and met mom and al at their morning starbucks spot. after that we went down the street to shop at roots. im not actually sure i have shopped in a roots store that was actually in canada before. my mom took us to the roots in birmingham when we were younger, so i definitely know the store, but it was much better shopping in its native home. plus, with the cold temperature outside, it was nice to be surrounded by tables of sweatpants, warm jackets, and thermal clothes. we ended up buying some cute long johns for X and we got some cool free bags to boot. score!
next shopping trip for the day was to the dreaded mall in dartmouth, and the babies r us no less. mom wanted to get X a sippee cup and a bath chair. we succeeded with the sippee cup, but no bath chair. i also bought a travel dinner mat for restaurant use. on the way out, mom couldnt resist buying a canada maple leaf shirt at zellers. oh how touristy (at least she is half canadian).
later that night X got a special treat: a dip in the hotel pool. mom took her in since i didnt want to get wet. she fussed a little to be away from me but i think she had a fun time. we are on the waiting list for swim lessons so i hope we can get in soon!
(X filling out her bathing suit nicely. lol; swimming with marmee)
after rinsing the chlorine off, we headed over to henry house for dinner again and got the same waiter from the night before. very deja vu. X ate her tomatoes again and she was quiet in the restaurant and dinner was nice by the fire. back at the apartment X got a real bath and finally seemed to be calming down around mom and al. finally. now that their trip was almost over.
(last night together)
their last day started at starbucks, where else. we met them over there briefly and planned the final hours of the day. X needed a nap and mom and al wanted to check out citadel hill. they were able to see the barracks and hear about the cannon preparation before they shot it off at noon (which they do every day).
then mom and al came over to watch X while i ran out to get us some tasty lunch items from janes next door. she actually was calm the whole time i was gone. her first time away from both mom and dad for more than a few minutes. good to know she can handle it if distracted. theres hope for the future! :)
and then it was time to say goodbye. the weather had been crap, but the time had flown by. i gained confidence that i could take care of all X needs by myself and still get a few things done for myself and the apartment. it was so nice to have the help for so many days and i am very lucky that they had the time and ability to come and be with us. and it was nice for X to get such a long, focused period of time with them. so a potentially sad and stressful separation from dave ended up being a positive experience that included quality time for X with her marmee (my mom) and pal (al). thanks a million!!