And yes...we are in Vegas with our baby! Staley has been enjoying her first official family vacation. She did great on the plane, although she did not nap like I had hoped she might. Any mild fussing she started was easily remedied by standing up with her in the aisle so she could look around, much to the dismay of all the people having to squeeze past us on the way to and from the bathroom. She has LOVED all the lights and people and activity in Vegas, although she has been neglecting one small little detail of her life--naps. Noticing a theme here? Apparently, like most people who come to Vegas, Staley is too concerned with soaking in all the excitement to worry about something as trivial as sleep. Her first two days here consisted of 2-3 cat naps each day of no more than 30-45 minutes. Her first night here resulted in waking up 3 times (which honestly has not happened since she was 3 days old) and she woke up again once last night. I think teething may be a contributing factor (based on her waking at night, the ever-present chin drool, and the intense chewing on anything and everything she can get to her mouth). Nevertheless, sleeping is something Staley has decided has no place in a Vegas vacation.
Despite the lack of sleep, Staley has otherwise been the angel baby that she always is. She has been happy, smiling at the many admirers she has encountered along the Vegas strip. She has not so much as whimpered as we have wandered the streets and hotels of Vegas, saving her fussing for the hotel room when we try to encourage the sleep issue. I do hope our next door neighbors have either been out all night or too drunk to wake up to a 3 a.m. crying baby. Since this is Vegas, odds are in our favor on that one. Regardless, family vacation #1 has been a success so far. And since what happens in Vegas on a family trip with a 5 month old definitely does not need to stay in Vegas, I'll post some pictures when we get back home.