We got a nice Valentine’s surprise from Aunt Juj and Cousin Mae, lots of homemade heart doilies and comic books. We hung the doilies on Henry’s window so Henry could look at them all day. Grandma Lois also sent Henry a few Valentine’s Day themed books and he received a card from Aunt Carol. He loves receiving packages and was really excited about all the gifts.
Henry and his cousin Mae really hit it off the first night of our visit. They hugged, bathed, and ate together. When Mae was not around Henry often repeated “Where is a Mae?, Where is a Mae?” and “I miss Mae, I miss Mae.” Minus a few episodes of yelling “No!” and “Mine!”, they had a fun time together.
Just as Mae got her energy back and started feeling well again, it was time for her mom and her to head back to Wyoming. The time together is always too short. While we were happy that Mae started feeling better, Henry’s eyes were swollen and pink by Sunday evening. He was diagnosed with conjunctivitis this afternoon. So far he’s still upbeat and active—just with pink, crusty eyes. We suspect Mae’s virus was misdiagnosed and the eye drop prescription Henry received would have helped her a lot sooner.
Whatever the case, the two cousins had a nice last day together, eating lunch, playing at the park and yelling gibberish at one another.
There were several Halloween events in our neighborhood yesterday. We were intent on joining a small parade that marches down Greenwich Street. This is a chance for all the kids in the neighborhood to dress up and walk to Washington Market while showing off their costumes. Henry and Mae both decided to take their naps shortly after we lined up.
On Sunday afternoon we went for another short walk and discovered a one-room museum, MMuseumm, tucked away in a freight elevator in a small alley in Tribeca. As a belated birthday gift, Julie and I were also able to go to dinner at her favorite dining spot, Les Halles. Thanks to Mark for watching both babies.
Today will be the saddest day of the visit, Julie and Mae are leaving this afternoon.
Our initial plans included going to one park a day. We made it to the park yesterday. It is not easy to get two one-year-old’s out and about at the same time, but also Mae has been a bit under the weather since arriving. She is still a trooper though and really tries to be part every activity. We are enjoying each other’s (sometimes whiny) company nevertheless. (Picture of Julie’s Bee Sting cake to come in a later post).
Cousin Mae and Aunt Julie arrived in New York yesterday afternoon. We are excited to have them here for a long weekend. Henry and Mae got reacquainted by taking a splash bath.
Henry is feeling much better. I still regret that he couldn’t mingle more with everyone on Saturday, but very glad he got to meet everyone and experience a little bit of my home state. One thing I have discovered in my many years in New York is that the west is always in my heart. I look forward to Henry getting older and being able to truly enjoy all the beauty of Wyoming (in the summer of course, the winters are a bit long).
Most of the photos in the gallery show Henry with family members and the video shows his progress as he learns to crawl. It was nice for Henry to have all the space of my grandmother’s floor to really move vs. our small apartment floor where he is unable to go very far without running into something.