Congratulations to everyone who ran races today! There were SO many events this weekend – twitter seemed uber inspiring because of it. Before I tell you all about the amazing time I had with the Army Ten Miler today, let’s talk about our adventures on expo day!
Saturday morning started off with our 10:25 swim class for X. He absolutely loves his swim class and we finally snapped a photo, even though he’s not looking at the camera. Too busy looking at the water, people! It’s a water babies class for 6-18 month olds; parents are required to get in the water with the child. We sing songs and practice swimming motions. They even go under the water one time per class. It’s all about exposure – he loves it!
Class finishes up at 10:55 and we quickly get X rinsed off and changed. He promptly falls asleep in his car seat on the drive home. He’s like clock work. He sleeps during the drive and continues the nap at home for a total of almost an hour. By 12:20 we were out the door and off to our first metro ride with the baby. I promise you he was more excited about the metro than this picture shows – so serious!
There is constantly rail work being done on the DC metro and unfortunately for us, this weekend’s rail work was happening on the first line we needed to ride. This meant we boarded the metro > took a shuttle bus when the section was closed for rail work > reboarded the metro ALL before we even got to metro center. At metro center we then had to switch lines and find our way to the Armory, where packet pick up was taking place. In total, our trip into DC took 2 hours. Crazy. Fortunately for us, Xander was amazing. He played, he flirted with those around him, he nursed, and he snoozed.
Once we got to the Armory we were all business. Got the bib. Got the tee-shirt. Done. There was only a slight hiccup when they didn’t have my intended bib number and I had to be assigned a new one. Oh well, the purple bib is still pretty. The expo looked well organized and there were lots of vendors there… we just didn’t have time for that. I’m pretty sure Xander was asleep for all this part.
We left packet pick-up and popped on the metro for a quick ride to Eastern Market. There we met up with Lisa, Madeline, Anne, and Lani for a quick bite at Le Pain Quotidien. Turns out the bite wasn’t that quick
or good. John and I both were not impressed with our food but we ate it nonetheless because we were starving. At the least the company was fun and the conversation was lively! Anne and I even got to talk about some RD-related topics too!
Madeline’s husband, Chris, was also there, so I’m glad they each had some male company. Plus, Lisa and Maddie’s little girls were so cute to meet in real life! I know we were making Lani miss her babies – so sorry!
Madeline has a better quality picture of us, but I liked that Xander was actually looking in this pic!
Now just the babies… Xander is too busy checking out the girls!
We said our goodbyes and popped on the metro for round number two. We had to do the same shuttle situation, but this time the trip was 1.5 hours, so an improvement. Xander nursed again and passed out toward the end of the trip – plus the car ride home. He was so well-behaved all day and we were extremely impressed!
We got home a little after six and hoped for a good night’s sleep for all of us! I’ll be back with all the Army Ten Miler race details in my next post! Thanks for all the congrats already – I appreciate it SO much!!