A few days ago, Benjamin started batting at the hanging toys on his bouncer. As I sit here this morning, watching him do this as he happily practices coordinating his flailing arms, I feel so peaceful. The view of Baltimore from our new 21st floor apartment is incredible. The sun is coming up in the east right now and the highway below is empty. The apartment also feels empty this morning. After a week of unpacking stuff everywhere and a week of my family visiting, the silent emptiness is strange.

We unpacked so much on their visit and had an amazing time exploring the city and making our new apartment feel like home together. But by the end I think all of our fuel tanks are empty. Somehow we managed to do the National Aquarium, Faidley’s crab cakes at Lexington Market, Sunday mass at the Baltimore Basilica, the famous farmer’s market, Federal Hill and Fell’s Point, the American Visionary Art Museum, dinner at Brewer’s Art in Mt. Vernon and Cafe Gia in Little Italy, and putting together the nursery furniture (crib and dresser painting projects). WOW! Here are some fun pictures from the week:

At the Aquarium:

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At Cafe Gia, Nana goes outside to soothe Benjamin and we get a hilarious spit up show.

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Toby gets some of Nana’s prized attention too. And Patrick works on building the dresser for Benjamin’s nursery.

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Papa got the handoff from Nana for soothing Benjamin whenever he got fussy.

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DSC_0746       Walks, cuddles, and baths!


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