Sweetpea and her Mama arrived at Nanny's house at about 10:30 this morning. We were ready and waiting for them. Kelsey stayed for most of an hour, telling us Sweetpea's current routines and preferences; explaining what was in all the bags she packed; and saying an extended "good-bye" to Sweetpea.
Once Kelsey left, Sweetpea dove into the toys and books and made herself at home, never shedding a tear.
At lunch we met Nanny's friends, Pat and Gloria, for lunch at the Pecos River Cafe. Sweetpea wanted pancakes and bacon, did a good job of eating, and was so well-behaved. It was 2:30 before we got back home - well past her nap time - so we read a book and she laid her head down and was asleep in just a minute or two.
Finally, around 5:00 I decided I'd better gently wake her up, so that she would be able to go to sleep at night.
I pulled out the "craft kits," and we made the edible necklace, using a red licorice whip with Froot Loops strung on it. She loved it, and wore it for a couple hours, until the licorice finally gave way and broke; then she ate it. Here are a couple pictures of the necklace-making.
(The boo-boo on her elbow is not new, but at lunch, Pat offered her a Band-Aid, and she was eager to wear it. Even after her bath tonight, she didn't want to give up the Band-Aid.)
Sweetpea and I took a little walk before dinner, and she brought along the (toy) binoculars from Grandma's toy box. She was birdwatching, here.
After a perfect day - not a tear, not a fuss - we sat down to eat something for dinner. Sweetpea took a bite of cheese and a bite of applesauce, and then . . . performed one of her (famous) sensitive-gag-reflex reactions, which I've read about in Kelsey's blog. Luckily, I was quick, grabbing first a little bowl and, secondly, a plate, which caught nearly all of it! As I was in the midst of this feat, my cell phone started ringing. I had to let it go - my hands were FULL. Immediately following, Nanny's cell phone rang. Both calls were from Kelsey, "just checking." I wish she had called five minutes earlier, so I could have told her "The whole day was PERFECT."
A bath, bedtime story, a couple of songs, and a good-night prayer ended the day. Once again, she was down without any fussing.
She's really a sweet-natured, well-behaved little girl. Nice work, Chris and Kelsey!