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Home a week February 19, 2009

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We are home a week already and it has taken me until now to post on here. J is asleep on my lap and I have two hands to type. The thought of trying to write more than one line with one hand is exhausting, the act of doing it is worse!

The rest of the gatherings in DC went really well and I enjoyed meeting everyone. M was a trooper and got on with everyone that he met. D gradually got better and J gradually got sicker as the week went on. They are both still nursing a cough at the moment, one of the things they inherited from me!

The journey home was relatively uneventful and then the joy of dealing with a 4 year old with jet lag began! I would safely say it took us a full week to get over it properly. D slept for 4 hours on the plane & 90 minutes in the car on the way home on Tuesday night/Wednesday morning. We made it til 6 & got him off to bed. He slept til 12 noon on Thursday (big mistake on my part) but by 6 was saying he was tired. He was in bed, asleep, at 7.30. That’s great you may be thinking… no! He woke at 9.30 looking for me & M told him not to get out of the bed. When I went to bed a little after 11 he was wide awake. He fell asleep at some point between 2.30 & 3! I forced us all out of the bed at 9am the next morning to try to reset his clock again.

I joined Weight Watchers this morning. I have 14 weeks of exclusive nursing left and I need to take maximal advantage of them. I know what I weigh so I wasn’t surprised by the scales. My lasting memory of the weigh in is having the leader ask me how I can breastfeed if I don’t drink milk. I told her that cows don’t drink milk and they make it just fine 🙂

It is time for bed now. I hate waking J but I can’t keep my eyes open any longer.

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February 7, 2009

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HA! I didn’t even mention yesterday that it was my birthday! I am 34 and the mother of 2. How wild is that?

I was woken in the morning with a kiss & a gift from my boys. M chose the gift, D chose the card so I got a Willow Tree figurine and a Spiderman card 🙂

D is sick. He has a cold and so his face is burned by the toxic snot 😦 He is coughing A LOT but it is thankfully not turning into that laboured breathing, shortness of breath that ends us up in the emergency room. Right now he has been sleeping for 2 hours and has not coughed in that time because he is propped up on pillows. I hope we have a good night.

We went to Their Nations Capital and saw the White House & walked along Pennsylvania Avenue. We saw the Capital Building from a distance. Today we went downtown again and went to the National Archives to see the Declaration of Independence and the Consititution. D had great fun drinking from a water spout.

Tonight we went to the first IVP gathering and had a lovely evening putting names & real people together. M survived the gathering of 30 or so women quite well and I am very proud of him.

Is it morning time up? February 5, 2009

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NO! It is 4.45am! J decided when he woke to drink that it was a good time to poop so as soon as I got up to change him D decided that it was, indeed, morning time up! He talked and jigged and kicked his legs and kicked off the covers and wanted them back but allow me to rewind a little.

I went to bed a little after 10pm last night having been awake for 21.5 hours. J nursed for a while and we settled down for the night at about 10.45pm. At 12.30am D woke coughing a strange short cough and screaming that he couldn’t breathe. Unfortunately the flight etc had left him dehydrated and no matter how much we had pushed fluids yesterday we hadn’t avoided it. I had brought his ventolin and aerochamber with me and treated him with that but it took him a long time to simply calm down.

So less than 4 hours after the end of that drama the day began.

We went shopping and I got jeans YAY and a babygrow for J. D slept, as planned, in the car on the way back from the mall and we made it through until bedtime. M suggested during the day that D should sleep with him tonight (this is the first time that that has happened and I suspect it won’t last through the night and if it does then M will get little or no sleep as he is the lightest sleeper in all of creation.

I am sat here now listening to D cough in the next room and J snore in his Maya. I need to go to bed now but I need J to sleep a little more before I disturb him by taking him out of the sling to get into my PJ’s.

It is begun February 4, 2009

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We have arrived, alive, in Washington DC! It has been a long day that started at 5.30 for me when J wanted a drink. After that I couldn’t fall back asleep and D was awake for the day by 6.15. We got up and dressed at 6.30 and began our day. I checked us in online and was presented with boarding cards for M, J & I – none for D! The lovely gentleman at the Aer Lingus desk sorted that out for us without a bat of his eye and my 55kg of luggage was sent off to the hold.

We ate breakfast with my mother before she saw us to the gate. Security didn’t comment about D’s drink or make me take off my shoes but they made me take my sleeping baby out of his sling so that they could scan it! Not fun. There was a long wait and following adie’s suggestion we boarded last and BOY am I glad we did that. We sat on the plane on the tarmac for 75 minutes! There was ice on the wings and we had to wait for the men with the ice removing spray to come. All D wanted to do was take off!

The flight wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. J nursed and slept and flirted will all around. D ate & made a jigsaw & took dozol and slept for 2 hours! And I am so glad that he did.

We arrived in Dulles at 3.40pm local time and as we unloaded off the bus we were faced with a 100m wide snake queue. To the right was for the US citizens, to the left was for the nonUS citizens. The non US side was 50m wide and was 6 rows deep! We had 300m of people in front of us. It moved quickly enough and things were fine but after 50m J started to cry. A gentleman in the next row said that there was a facility for getting people with children through quicker. I went to the end of our row and spoke to our cabin crew who where waiting in their own immigration queue and they said no so I (and the screaming J) returned to the queue where M & I were sweating and D was telling us that he was hungry.

15m later I spotted one of the cabin crew speaking to one of the immigration officers who walked by her and she gestured to me. I burst into tears when the chief of immigration escorted the 4 of us straight to the next available immigration officer (who had been dealing with cabin crew). He could so easily have said no, that we had to wait like everyone else. Even now I am so touched that he showed a random act of kindness. Based on the length of time that we queued and the distance we got I would safely say that we could have waited at least 2 more hours in that queue.

We got our bags straight away and headed for customs. Now I was carrying a serious amount of stuff to give away – baby clothes, crisps, chocolate, tea, jaffa cakes etc. and the last thing I needed after all of that was to be told that they were going to have to check the bags but the lovely customs officer told me that I was carrying precious cargo and could he have a look, asked me if we had found all of our bags and to enjoy our visit to Our Nations Capital.

We met one of the IVP’ers at the Hertz office as she has kindly loaned us car seats. It took a while but the car got loaded, the seats were installed and we were away – driving on 5 lane roads in the dark with a screaming 10 week old baby in the back. That is not the ingredients of a happy marriage 😦

We are all fed, some washed and I am the only one awake. I am also the only one who didn’t sleep on the plane. I have been awake for 21 hours now. I really should go to bed.

I don’t know why anybody bothers February 1, 2009

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I am such a bad blogger these days. It is mainly because I am typing with one hand while J nurses but it is also because I have become addicted to Face.book. I swore UP AND DOWN that I wasn’t going near social networking sites & then I needed to find an old Buuuuuuuuddy (long story, don’t ask) so I Goo.gled her name & there she was on FB so I joined & I am lost now playing Egg Breaker, Mind Games, Scavenger Hunt Peel A Meal & Pop The Top – all of which can be played with 1 hand 🙂

We are heading off to the US on Tuesday but our adventure begins tomorrow lunchtime 🙂

I am almost packed and I would safely say that 2/3 of what we are bringing is not coming home with us! And we are packing light. M has informed me that he wants lots of new clothes 🙂