Super Gigi!!

While I try to sort through my 1,000+ photos from South Africa, I wanted to post on what was happening during that trip back home in São Paulo — my amazing mom was living in our apartment and taking perfect care of our sweet little Colt! She arrived to our place on the morning of September 1st and even though Colt hadn’t seen her in person since early April, he immediately recognized her and was so happy to see her! He instantly just smiled and giggled with her. She thought that it might be because we FaceTime all the time so he is able to remember her better. At any rate, he was happy to see her.

We spent a couple of days together so that she could get used to our apartment complex, get comfortable going to the grocery store, the park, etc. and then we just left for 2 weeks! My mom is amazing though and she’s totally fearless – she just finds a way to make things work and get things done on her own – even when she’s in a foreign country where she doesn’t speak (a single word of) the language!

While we were gone, we were blessed enough to have friends come visit my mom a few times to give her a little company. Although Joe was traveling for a good portion of her visit, he was able to come by a couple of times. Our sweet friend Tom was awesome and took Colt and my mom out to lunch twice, Brett and Jana came by and played with them at the apartment and she met up with Michelle and her baby Jack at the park once as well. THANK YOU to all who made the effort to see her and make her feel welcome!

Throughout their time together, my mom took such perfect care of Colt. She took him to the park, the playground, and to the pool every day. They read books and played games and each day she brought out new little toys and gifts that she had brought to be sure that he didn’t get bored and start missing us. Colt was so happy with her the entire time (she swears “no tears”) and seeing his smiling face made being away much easier. She also did all of the grocery shopping and cooking and kept everything running while we were gone. When we got back I realized that even I had never done that much time with Colt on my own!! It’s no small task and takes a lot of work, energy and love. Thankfully Gigi has it all. She was incredible and when we returned I couldn’t believe all of the new things that Colt was doing and saying!

After getting home I was so sad that I only had about a 14 hour overlap with my mom before she had to take off, but I know that my dad and family were missing her in South Carolina. Anyway, BIG THANK YOU to my incredible mom. You gave Michael and me such a priceless gift of your time, energy, know-how and love and you gave Colt the most special gift of time with you. We love you!!

Lunch at the Gourmet Tea upon arrival!

Lunch at the Gourmet Tea upon arrival!

Colt loves the playground in our apartment complex.

Colt loves the playground in our apartment complex.

Colt loves the little house - especially playing peek-a-boo in the windows.

Such a sweet little house – he especially likes playing peek-a-boo in the windows.

Colt always climbs onto the slide and tries to walk up as far as he can.

He always climbs onto the slide and tries to walk up as far as he can.

New bath: the kitchen sink!

Colt’s new bath tub: the kitchen sink!

Colt seems to like it!

Colt seems to like it!

Hello!

Hello!

He's a very expressive little boy.

Swinging!

Gigi taught him how to splash in puddles and he is addicted!

Gigi taught him how to splash in puddles and he is addicted!

She also introduced him to Cheerios!

She also introduced him to Cheerios. Also addicted.

Cutie.

Cutie.

Out to lunch with Tom!

Out to lunch with Tom!

Like a boss.

Like a boss.

Planes fly over our apartment buildings all the time and my mom taught him to point them all out!

Planes fly over our apartment buildings all the time and my mom taught him to point them all out!

When Gig's in town, Colt rules the house!

When Gigi’s in town, Colt rules the house!

She even lets him play in the dishwasher!

She even lets him play in the dishwasher!

The frog's eyes are his fav.

The frog’s eyes are his fav.

My heart.

My heart.

The dynamic duo!

The dynamic duo!

Colt and Gigi on their way home from visiting our old stomping grounds - Parque do Povo - now about a 10 minute walk away.

Colt and Gigi on their way home from visiting our old stomping grounds – Parque do Povo – now about a 10 minute walk away.

New toys!

New toys!

He also started running, like, really fast while we were away. Maybe he's just so happy to finally have the space to do it!

He also started running, like, really fast while we were away.

Maybe he was just so happy to finally have the space to do it!

Maybe he was just so happy to finally have the space to do it!

Gigi also taught Colt to point out all the birds!

My mom also taught Colt to point out all the birds!

Tom visiting and helping Colt scoot around the apartment.

Tom visiting and helping Colt scoot around the apartment.

The pair at the pool.

The pair at the pool.

Gigi turned Colt into a total water-bug. He LOVES the pool.

Gigi turned Colt into a total water-bug. He LOVES the pool.

Gamecock?

Gamecock?

Getting good at the fine motor skills.

Getting good at the fine motor skills.

Another bird!

Another bird!

Wandering in the grass.

Wandering in the grass.

Playing with rocks.

Playing with rocks.

We love you so much Gigi!

We love you so much Gigi!

Thank you thank you!

Thank you thank you thank you!

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