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cleveland weekend

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Leo and I took off Friday morning for Cleveland to visit my brother, sister-in-law, and nieces.  But first: belly picture!  14 weeks:


We hit the road around 10am armed with snacks (for both of us) and videos (for Leo) and podcasts (for me).  About an hour later we stopped in Angola, Indiana, at Trine University.  It seemed the perfect spot to eat some lunch and let Leo roam around a bit.  We picnicked in the car and then Leo showed me the grounds.  He climbed up on this bench and I asked him “what does a champion do?”


Dave taught him that trick and I think it is super cute!  We got back in the car and I gave Leo Mr. Carrot and told him “night night!”  He talked to himself for a little bit and then went to sleep with no trouble.  Awesome!  He slept about 1.5 hours and then woke up, so we made a stop at a travel plaza to change his diaper and let him run a little bit… and get me some half-caf coffee!  We made it to Cleveland around 3pm and spent the afternoon/evening playing with cousins, hanging out, and catching up.  My brother was working late so I got the chance to sit and talk with my sister-in-law after all the kids went to bed.  It’s been awhile since it’s been just us together and it was so good!

Saturday morning we hung out at the house.  Leo was more than happy to play with his cousins and a whole bunch of new-to-him toys!  Then Saturday afternoon we all went to the natatorium that they belong to.  It has this awesome indoor pool with slides and fountains and sprinkles.  It’s also zero-entry, which is good for Leo since he’s had limited exposure to pools.

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Leo did great and seemed to really enjoy the water, once he got used to it.  For the first 10-15 minutes he just walked in ankle deep, turned and walked out, then walked in again.  Eventually he went deeper and then got drawn in to the fountains and, of course, the slide!  We played in the water for a little over an hour and then changed and went out to the big indoor treehouse playground inside the lobby.


Sunday morning we packed up and headed home.  It was a short weekend but so fun.  Leo loved playing with his cousins and their dog and I loved seeing my nieces and getting to talk with my brother and sister-in-law!

not sure who liked looking outside more.

The trip home was uneventful and smooth – Leo watched a video, we picnic lunched in the car, and then he napped the rest of the way home!  Easy!


Sunday night I picked out Pitch Perfect for Dave and I – enjoyed with buttered noodles and a blizzard (the May flavor of the month – choco peanut butter brownie is amazing).  Such a great weekend.  So grateful for this little bugaboo who made me a mom and for Dave who helps me be a good parent!



4 thoughts on “cleveland weekend

  1. Happy belated Mother’s Day! 🙂

    I love that “what does a champion do?” pose!!!

    Does zero-entry mean he can just walk in the pool? That sounds like such a fun place! What a great weekend! 🙂

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