Sunday, October 30, 2005

LVD3 - It feels like summer

It feels like summer here in Las Vegas with 80 degree Fahrenheit sunny days. (Back in LA it's grey and chilly.) Astrid and I took advantage of the "summer-like" weather and headed down to the hotel's pool. You can't tell from the photo but Astrid was kicking her legs. (We start Mommy and Me swim classes in November at the YMCA. The class is appropriately called "Shrimps".)

After our swim, I bundled Astrid up in a towel and for 10 minutes she literally didn't move. I guess she was warm and comfy in my arms. I kept checking on her to make sure she was breathing and okay.

After I changed her out of her wet swimsuit and swim diaper she was all smiles and kicking away in her bouncy chair that I had strategically placed in the shade next to my lawn chair. She was kinda hidden and people would walk by and notice her all of a sudden and exclaim, "Oh look, a baby!" But then after awhile the sun moved and I didn't want her to get burned so I moved us to another location and that's when she started fussing. It took me half an hour of walking around while holding her until she finally fell asleep and took a half hour nap (in her stroller).

While she was napping, I actually got to read a book! The bar was playing an old George Michael song, "Freedom", and I was sipping from my cocktail while reading the new Amy Tam book, "Saving Fish from Drowning." I love her writing, especially since she writes about Asian women and their angst, and her new book doesn't disappoint. It's a page turner. Uwe knows I love Amy Tan's books so he got her new book for me right before we left so I would have it for this trip. Uwe was playing with Astrid for a bit when we got back from the pool. She's fascinated by this old 1999 LA Marathon shirt Uwe has with human silhouettes on it in bright colors. She thinks she can grab them. I don't remember what was so funny but I like this photo of both Uwe and Astrid laughing.

I see you.

I see you too.Aww...could they be any cuter?Astrid's first bunny ears in a photo."Mom, can I get some sheets like these for my crib at home?" Here is Uwe determined to read the newspaper even with a kick to the ribs and a squealing baby beside him.

So after the nanny came to watch Astrid, Uwe and I had dinner and watched "O" finally! We've only tried to watch it like three times, but for whatever reason (scheduling, seats, etc.) we've never seen the show until tonight. The show was a feast for the senses for sure. The way they used the human body as an art form was awe inspiring. And the set designs were stunning. Now I understand why people go back to watch it several times.

When we got back to our room the nanny said, "I hope next time when you come back that I'll be able to meet Astrid." How funny is that? She babysat two nights in a row and both times the baby was sound asleep and her bassinet was covered with a towel (to keep the light out), so the nanny never saw her. Astrid never knew she was here. But we did with a whopping $300 fee for two nights. I think the price was a bit outrageous for just sitting and reading, but Uwe and I had peace of mind knowing Astrid was in good hands, and we were able to go out two nights so it was worth it.

3 comments:

Karissa (mommy) said...

I love the picture where Astrid and Uwe are both looking and smiling at the camera. Too cute...

Isabella has a thing for my Ozzy Osbourne shirt. I think she thinks it's her daddy because often times she'll touch the picture of Ozzy and then look at Doug. Babies are such silly creatures...

April said...

I LOVE the pics of Uwe and Astrid are looking at eachother through the coners of their eyes... most definately a bonding in bed time!

Peter said...

300 USD for 2 nights ... WOW .. what a ripp off ... but I guess they know that about people coming to vegas ...

we tried a nanny that Julius had not met before once when he was around 10 months .. and we could hear him screaming from the hotel restaurant .... well .. it was only like 5 USD per hour ... but well .. he is just not such a tight sleeper ...