New Feature: Weekend Recap

by Courtney Sirotin on February 20, 2012

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I’m starting a new feature on this blog called “Weekend Recap” that I’ll post Sunday nights or Monday mornings (depending on how well Dylan sleeps!). I’ll let you guess what its going to be about…


After Dylan’s nap the three of us headed out for a family fun day starting with lunch at Jason’s favorite local watering hole, Jefferson’s. We’ve gone nearly every weekend since Jay’s gone Paleo because he loves their wings. Doesn’t Dylan look psyched to be there?!

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Then we hit up Tellus Science Museum, a popular museum located really close to our house that we had never been to before. Jay and I had decided earlier in the day that we wanted to do something different (a constant quest of ours) and this fit the bill!

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They had a huge kids’ area with tons of science-related activities. Dylan had an absolute blast exploring!

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Here he is digging for fossils. What looks like sand was actually little rubber pieces.

Unbeknownst to me, Dylan poured his entire sippy cup of water down his shirt while we explored the rest of the museum (the more adulty stuff). Not pictured was a quick outfit and diaper change in the back of my car before we hit up our next stop, Famous Footwear. Jay looked for, but did not find, new sneakers. He has huge feet (size 14, men) like me (size 11, women) so finding cool shoes is nearly impossible for both of us.

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Then we walked to TJ Maxx, which was just a few doors down from Famous Footwear. Can you guess what I got there?

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We also got a great deal on some nice photo albums.

And then this somehow appeared in my hand:

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Gosh, how I love that stuff.

Back at home we gave Dylan dinner and then played until he was ready for bed.

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Once he was down, Jay worked on putting together a photo album with all the best pictures from Dylan’s first year on earth. It was a project long overdue.

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And I enjoyed a glass of this:

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Today (Sunday) was a little unusual because we made plans in the morning. We typically don’t do social things until after Dylan’s nap because he’s a morning napper, but it was the only time that worked for the group we were meeting up with so we gave it a go!

I’m going to share a little something about Jay here and while it might sound like I am complaining, just know that it’s all said in jest. (And he has cleared me to share it.)

Okay, so here’s how I spent the first two hours of my morning:

  • Woke up with Dylan
  • Changed Dylan’s diaper AND clothes because he peed through his nighttime diaper.
  • Read books with Dylan
  • Played learning games with Dylan
  • Emptied the dishwasher
  • Changed a poopy diaper
  • Cooked Dylan’s breakfast
  • Fed Dylan breakfast
  • Cleaned Dylan up from breakfast
  • Emptied the dishwasher and cleaned the kitchen
  • Packed Dylan’s bags for the day (drink, snacks, change of clothes, diapers, bibs…)
  • Got Dylan dressed
  • Got myself dressed

Jay rolled out of bed around the time I was cleaning up breakfast. I reminded him that we had to leave soon and he groaned. I asked if he’d watch Dylan while I got dressed and he groaned and said he needed a cup of coffee first. I jokingly said, “Never mind, I can watch him, get him dressed and get myself dressed all at the same time.” To which Jay replied, “That’d be great.” He then sipped his coffee and took a nice warm shower.

Thankfully, Dylan was content to just hang out while I primped.

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And by “primped” I mean speed-taming my unwashed hair and throwing on some jeans.

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Somehow we made it into the car on time! We were going to run through Starbucks but we needed gas and didn’t have time for both so we grabbed some gas station coffees.

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The plan was that I was going to run in and get my coffee while Jay pumped gas and then he was going to get his. I took a while getting mine just right and by the time I got in the car, Jay was threatening to forgo his own to keep us on track. I insisted he get his and he eventually relented. I didn’t want to feel guilty.

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Jay and I talked while we were driving and decided to cancel Dylan’s OT appointment in the morning and for the next six months as well. He is advancing so quickly right now, and seems ahead in many ways, that we just want to give him time to do his thing. We never had him formally evaluated, and when I was asked recently by one of his therapists if I wanted to test him to see if he really has a sensory issue, I asked her how my parenting would change if he did. I mean, don’t we all have sensory issues to a degree? She said it wouldn’t so that’s what convinced me to take a break for awhile.


Jason and two of his friends own a video production company. His friends are married and have kids Dylan’s age so today our three families got together at an indoor playground (it was raining outside). The kids had a blast running around and the adults made good use of the inflatables too! Here’s a short video of Dylan and I when we first arrived:

An hour our so later, Dylan motioned that he wanted to go and seemed ready for his nap. As we packed up I found out that everyone was planning to go out for coffee and food so I had to decide if Dylan could handle it. I thought he had a little juice left in him, so Jay and I joined the other couples at a restaurant nearby.

A rather fancy restaurant.

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I was worried Dylan would start fussing but he held up extraordinarily well! Sometimes I think I underestimate him…

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And how cute is that little girl next to him? That’s Olivia. I dig those pig tails! Across the table was another adorable little girl named Zara and I’m bummed I don’t have any pictures of her!

See all the food here:

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The eggs, grits, fruit cup, bacon, cornbread and fries? That’s what I ordered for Dylan. I go overboard with his food sometimes! I always want him to have options but this was probably excessive. He did well, though, and ate the fries, bacon and cornbread.

It took FOR-EV-ER for the adults to get served. Here I am a half-hour into the wait. My smile was fading…

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All the kids were SO GOOD, but I could tell Dylan was beyond tired:

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When my food finally came I scarfed it down in two minutes then brought Dylan out to the car. I knew once he got in his car seat he’d fall right to sleep.

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I was right! We drove an hour back to Cartersville and Jay ran into the grocery store to stretch out Dylan’s car nap.

When we got home Dylan and I cuddled on the couch for awhile and then we all played in the living room. Here’s Dylan soaring through the air!

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I took advantage of having Jay home to whip up another batch of Cheese and Broccoli Soup.

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Meanwhile, Jay fed Dylan a cup of whipped cream on the floor. That’s normal, right? Winking smile

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Halfway through making the soup I realized I didn’t have the cheese I needed so Dylan and I headed back out to the store…

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…While Jay and his brother took apart Dylan’s convertible crib and turned it into a full-size bed. Jay’s brother, Justin, came over to help set up the crib before Dylan was born, so it was only fitting that he was here tonight to take it apart. Dylan slept in his crib exactly never, but that’s beside the point. Thanks, Justin!

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By this point, my house had turned into a complete disaster:

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I ignored it temporarily while I prepared to feed Dylan dinner:

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I made the mistake of leaving Dylan alone with his soup bowl while I did something in the kitchen and when I returned he had dumped it on the floor. That mess is not pictured because I’ll admit I started crying a little and was too overwhelmed to snap a pic. Sad smile I guess the house being in shambles was bothering more more than I realized and the cheesy soup all over the floor pushed me over the edge. Jay’s brother was there when it happened and was very sweet and helped me clean up and then, on his own accord, went upstairs and cleaned the mess in Dylan’s room too!

After that I got some vegetables in the oven for my dinner later.

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The rest of my night is not pictured but it included giving Dylan a bath, cleaning the house, putting Dylan to bed in his new grown-up bed, eating dinner (and dessert) and writing this blog post. Jay is watching a documentary on the couch nearby. I think this post might be too long and a little boring, so when I do my recap next weekend I’ll try to whittle down the pictures more! Maybe you don’t need to see every second of my days. Winking smile

{ 9 comments… read them below or add one }

SARAH February 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

I am going to make that soup right NOW! yummy


COURTNEY February 21, 2012 at 1:54 am

If you like B & C soup you will really like this one!


TREY February 20, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Had a blast @ KangaZoom. Looking forward to more group outings with the kids!


COURTNEY February 21, 2012 at 1:53 am

Me too! I hope we can plan another one as soon as I’m back from NH!


RUSS February 20, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Keep it longer Doll. It gives you “Wind Down” time…… Love you


COURTNEY February 21, 2012 at 1:52 am

Thanks, Russ 🙂 I tend to err on the side of over-sharing anyway.


ALANA February 23, 2012 at 10:26 am

This picture is beyond adorable!!!!!


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