All in all the trip to Regina went well. It was very nice to see my dad and some old friends, and it was nice for everyone to see Mary. I know that she is growing, but I see her every day, so I don't notice it as much.
We arrived on Thursday, and did, well, nothing. Just relaxed and settled in. Mary was fantastic on the flight there, she fussed a bit when we got on the plane, but I gave her a bottle as they were adjusting the pressures, and when we took off she snuggled up to me and fell asleep. She didn't wake up once the entire flight, even during the landing, which was very bumpy and very noisy. She woke up when the plane stopped, looked around, spit up on me, and we had arrived.
Friday I phoned a bunch of my friends and left messages. We had another relaxing day around the house. Mary played with her grandparents and went for a walk. Both Dad and Michael had the day off, and they really enjoyed getting to know Mary again. She hadn't slept very well the night before, so she was a little cranky, but all in all it was a nice day.
Saturday we got up early and went to the Farmers Market, and wandered around downtown for a while. Mary was alarmingly cranky when we got home, and went down for a nap...which lasted 4 hours. So...I didn't do anything Saturday afternoon. Dad had a dinner party planned for Saturday evening, and we had a lovely evening catching up with some old friends from the church and the old neighborhood that I grew up in.
Sunday morning I went to church, and it was so very nice. I really miss the church there, it is like a family. I haven't been able to find a church that gives me the same feeling since I moved to Edmonton. After church, a lady from the old neighborhood took me out and bought Mary and I a book, and then she took me to see her sons (who I grew up with). It was a nice afternoon. In the evening I went over to my friends Sandra and Rob, and hung out with them and their very cute kids. We had a nice supper of potatoes and elk steaks on the bbq, and talked a lot. They worked very hard to convince me that we should move back to Regina.
Monday I went to visit Michael at her work, wow, what a fantastic place! It is an independent living home for the elderly, and it is very nice. Needless to say at a minimum of $3000 a month, only extremely wealthy old folks can live there, and as nice as the place was, it left me saddened as I thought about all the poor old people out there living without the support that they need and deserve. Anyways, after that visit, I went and visited the girls where I used to work. The vet clinic was very very busy, so I didn't stay for long, just to say hello and introduce everyone to Mary. Monday afternoon an old friend Adrian took me out for lunch, and then I hung out with his very cool wife for the afternoon.
Monday night, Miss Mary decided to start teething in earnest. What a miserable little monster she has become. Monday night, and Tuesday morning she was extremely difficult to tolerate. Yeesh. On Tuesday afternoon we flew home, and again, she slept the entire way.
Mary learned a few things while we were away too, she has started to enjoy her baths, and she learned to SPLASH! She would splash and splash and get upset if I tried to take her out of the water, she stayed in until the water got so cold that I had to take her out. She also learned to accept water from a cup, so I have her drinking a lot of water now. The water has helped the constipation problem a tonne. The third thing she learned was to make this noise. It cannot be reproduced here, but needless to say, it makes me grind my teeth every time she does it. It is this...whiney squeal that could shatter glass.
Anyways, there you have it. My trip to Regina in a nutshell, without any complaining at all, well very little complaining anyways.