It is difficult living in a school. No escape from work. None.
Even when trying to leave the grounds - - texts, conversations, thoughts all travel back to school. It is my second child -and third, fourth, fifth, sixth.
Those boys in our care.
Teenagers are a world in themselves, but I cannot help compare the simularities with our toddler. Both desperate for independence but need guiding. Both thrown fits when things do not go the way they think it should. Both demand and both eventually listen. Both need structure and a good example. Both have brains that are sponges and need a good night's rest to function at their best. Both are on the brink of a whole new stage in life.
One moving from baby to child, the other child to adult.
So this first half of term was absorbed by these children. Adjusting, learning, trying, aiding, teaching, listening, speaking, arranging and organising. Going above and beyond - it wiped us out.
The last week we were running on empty.
Cannot let that happen. So after a refreshing half term break - where we recharged the parenting batteries - we are back.
We are trying a new approach - one that still provides, offers, guides but mostly so that everyone knows we care about them. To do that - we need time to care for ourselves.
So here we are.
In the school.
So we finally flew with our 12+ months daughter and now we are experts! Hahaha, ohhhh I needed a laugh. We did it, we will do it again and here is the information for future me (or now you, whoever you are).
International Long Haul Flights with our crawling daughter :
On the way to the U.S. there were three adults (myself and my parents) for the long journey. We took a day flight, which meant a 3 am start to our day consisting of :
Peaches was fantastic! I figured it would be a horribly long journey and had no real rules set up for either of us. Carried plenty of snacks, let her nurse on demand (including takeoff and landing), let her nap when she wanted, let her explore her limited surroundings almost unfettered and let her crawl to her heart's content before boarding. She acted like it was all a treat - thank goodness!
International Long Haul Flights with our walking daughter :
On the way to the U.K. it was just my husband and me this time. We took an afternoon flight, which meant a normal start to the day consisting of :
Peaches, again, I cannot complain - she was a real trooper! It was crowded, very warm and this time around there was no extra seating. We weren’t as prepared for meals this time around, so we spent a fortune on airport sandwiches. She nursed, slept, snacked or fussed for the duration of both flights. No major incidents to report, just a solid little traveler.
Next time, we the adults, really need to be prepared for meals on connection flights. It is fine when we are connecting through a major airport but most of the time, it is a rinky-dink operation. I cannot in good conscience pay another $20 for a crappy sandwich, so :
Unless someone wants to fly us First Class.
First vacation as a family.
This month's entry is going to be a little different. Currently I am starting the post before the activity I hope to write about actually occurs. In a few weeks time my husband, child and I are embarking on our first family vacation.
After months and months of staring at the same ''four walls'' - I need this! For some reason (money) I have been obsessing (insanity) with the idea of going camping (damn you Pinterest).
So we're renting a car, renting a pod & heading up slightly North to Essex.
We did it! (Not sure how).
Peaches behaved pretty well for the long car trips (thank you baby snacks).
She slept well in her travel cot (we stuck to her usual routines as much as possible).
She loved the outdoors (we let her explore the new terrain).
We loved having a car for a change (hello independence)!
It was great cooking out for ever dinner (just the two of us).
Being mostly technology free was refreshing (reconnecting as a couple with no distractions).
The wider open spaces of the countryside was such a refreshing change of scenery (Essex is very lovely). This was the first time in months that we were able to spend more than just week-nights and weekends as a family together.
Could not have asked for more!
Future vacations have a lot to live up to.
Not an instructional blog but the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - so help me Mom.