Saturday, September 25, 2010

Jet Lag

My poor baby has jet lag! I read somewhere that babies "might" get it, and if they do it is hardly an issue. LIES! Baby jet lag is the worst! His internal clock is completely at odds with the actual time, so he doesn't sleep well at all during the night. And neither do I.

But as with most things, it is starting to get better as the days go by. And who knows, we may even get a few nights of rest before we fly back home and do the jet lag thing all over again. Thankfully, it is never as bad on the return trip.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Baby on an Airplane

I have to say, Patrick did wonderfully on the airplane rides!
He did have a couple of fussy moments, and two nice and loud crying/screaming episodes. The fussy moments were easy enough to distract him from, the crying episodes were not. He tended to get very upset when he had to be strapped in and could not be bounced. He was also quite distraught when he woke up once. Poor guy just wanted to be snuggled and fed like he usually is in the middle of the night.

All in all though, he did very well and was quite happy. On the first flight there were three Brazilian women across the aisle from us. They were so in love with Patrick! They kept playing with him from across the aisle, blowing him kisses and making faces at him. This kept him distracted most of the flight. Awesome!
Towards the end they asked if they could hold him. Much to their delight, he gave all of them kisses! What a sweetie =)

On the long flight there was an Asian man in the seat behind me who Patrick just loved. Every time I looked back the man was just smiling, but I swear he was making faces at the baby, because Patrick kept laughing, sticking out his tongue, and making all kinds of funny faces. He was very entertained by this man most of the time he was awake.
The long flight was exhausting, not because the baby didn't sleep, he did (in a nice little baby bed the airline provided) No, the problem was that *I* could not sleep. I woke up every 5 minutes making sure Patrick was ok. Or, if I had to hold him while he slept, I couldn't sleep because I didn't want to drop him!
By the last little leg of the trip, Patrick was so very tired. He slept until the last 10 minutes of the flight.

Despite being so very sleepy myself, it really did go better than I expected.
Have baby, will travel!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Getting Ready for Travel

The household is all a-flurry as we get ready for the trip to Germany.
The baby has new clothes for the cooler weather (ok, and because I wanted to get him cute new clothes for the trip) He also has snacks, travel food, and immune booting and calm enhancing homeopathics. I am very much hoping they work well! He responds amazingly well to natural medicines (probably because he has never had any non-natural medications as of yet) so I have high hopes.

We will also be trying out the FlyeBaby (FINALLY!) He may be too big for it, I may actually be too big for it, but we will see. I'm excited that I finally have the chance to use it. Which reminds me, I better check out the installation videos...

I am so excited to be sharing Germany with the Plumpkin! I just know he will love it! And of course, all the family there is so very excited to be seeing him/meeting him.

Here's hoping the journey is enjoyable as well...
I admit, I am a bit nervous. But, it is what it is. However he is on the trip, I'll deal. And anyone who gives me dirty looks if my child is "too loud" or "too fussy" or just "too close" can kiss this mama's behind!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

10 Months Old

I just can't believe that Patrick is 10 months old...only two months until his first birthday! It is incredible! The time has flown by so quickly. I already miss things from his itty bitty helpless newborn days.
And now he is very close to walking!!!
WALKING!!! It just blows my mind!

It is such an incredible thing to grow a person, then watch as he grows and changes all on his own. To know him from the very beginning, and see how his little personality develops, and watch (and help) him discover the world...just amazing.

I'm really excited about his birthday too! I'm having a party and inviting WAY too many people. Thankfully though, Patrick loves people. He loves getting a ton of attention and being passed around and cooed over. That's my little boy =D

Even after all this time I have moments when I am still quite shocked that I am a mother...That I have been for almost a year now...kinda crazy isn't it? =P I wonder how long that feeling lasts?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Just the Two of Us...

and 2 dogs...and 8 cats...for 4.5 days.

I did it! I took care of all of us, all by myself, and I didn't get the least bit overwhelmed!

Patrick and I had so much fun learning new games, singing new songs, watching fun movie marathons, and crawling around getting into trouble (i.e. trying to eat cat food)
Just to be clear...*I* did not try to eat the cat food...I grew out of that phase decades ago =P

I think he has a new tooth starting to push through because he has been a teeny bit grumpy today and drooling all over the place. Now it'll really hurt when he bites my toes!

It has been a wonderful few days...just the two of the furries ;)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More Beach Fun

The second weekend at the beach was so much fun! Patrick enjoyed himself immensely!
It is just so amazing to see how much he loves the ocean. He even splashes the salty water in his eyes and it doesn't bother him a bit. Also, he thinks the ocean is delicious!

He was a bit less fond of the sand though. He wasn't quite sure what to make of it, and once he tasted some of he he quickly decided it was not for him and wanted off the sand and into the fun splashy yummy ocean.

He is just so much fun!