It’s been a busy week. I think even poor little Alex was wiped out.
Last Saturday we went to the Cedarburg strawberry festival, as I posted previously. That was followed by the Thursday night fireworks at the lakefront, 4th of July at Alicia & Gordon’s (with fireworks) and Summerfest on Saturday. Plus we’ve had Jenna all week as well.
Thursday night we decided to take Alex down for his first fireworks. The big fireworks display in Milwaukee is always held on July 3rd. The best place to watch is the lakefront, since they shoot them off of barges out in the lake. Remarkably, Alex stayed awake until they started at 9:35. He was pretty hyper at first, decided to throw up his dinner (for some still-unknown reason), followed by more hyperness. Just before the fireworks started, he was running circles around the blanket. The people behind us actually moved their blanket back 5 feet because he kept coming so close to them. Of course, they’re the ones who placed their blanket within 4 feet of us to begin with, even though there was absolutely no reason to, so I didn’t stop Alex. I figured it served them right. We were considering coming home after Alex was sick, but he seemed fine and showed no further signs of not feeling well, so we stuck around. Unfortunately, the stroller took the brunt of the mess, and needed a serious bath the next day. Eric did a good job getting as much off as he could. The fireworks were good, and Alex really seemed to enjoy them. During one pause, I think he heard other people clapping because he suddenly started clapping and yelling “Yeah!”. It was very cute. We got home about 11:15, with Alex falling asleep about 10 minutes away.
Friday morning, I woke up around 6:30, and by 7:00 Alex was out of bed. The 4th of July parade in our neighborhood started at 9:00, so just before 9 we walked the one block down to Alicia’s house to sit in her yard to watch. It took at least half the parade, but then Alex finally started following Jenna to the curb to get candy. He acquired a sucker which he proceeded to lick for the next few hours. When we found it later, it was flat on one side. He took an early nap, around 1:00 instead of 2:00, but only slept for an hour and a half. He usually sleeps about 2 hours, but I was expecting 3 hours since he was short of sleep. Around 5pm we headed for Alicia’s house for a cookout. By 7:00 I decided to bring Alex home because he was getting into things and getting upset when we stopped him. Eric and Jenna stayed (and got to play some Bocci Ball) while Alex and I came home and watched some Bellflower Bunnies until 9:00, when we headed back over for the fireworks. Again, he seemed to enjoy them and joined in the clapping at the end. We got home about 10:30.
Saturday morning I managed to sleep in. Eric was up about 7:30, and said that he heard Alex once but nothing more. When I got up at 9:30, I still didn’t hear anything out of Alex, but a few minutes later I did. He was sitting in his little rocking chair when I opened the door. So he was probably up for a little while, but because of his habit of staying quiet (for which I’m grateful!), he didn’t get out of his room until later. We had breakfast and showers and just after noon headed for Summerfest. Summerfest is billed as