I’m not beginning with any apologies or excuses. We’ve been in the US and it’s been great. We’re seeing family and friends, and with that–staying up later than we usually would, disturbing Theo’s fragile rhythms (which leads to rather poor sleeping), and very rarely cracking open the laptop.
We’ve been shopping like crazy people, since we stopped buying things about six months ago. Lots of things are more expensive, or not even available at all in Denmark, so we’ve been stocking up on new clothing, some games, and of course baby things! Theo’s been sprouting up before our eyes–not just in length (oh BOY has he grown in length), but sprouting new skills every couple of weeks. He’s sitting really well, holding himself up for standing, grabbing anything he can get his hands on, and even sometimes successfully putting them in his mouth! He’s been to the chiropractor here a couple of times, and we’ve seen great results from that as well.
We just made our last couple of day-trips away from central Wisconsin, since we decided to leave this last week for at-home relaxation. I’m definitely looking forward to my Real American Thanksgiving, just the way I remember it, and looking forward to Theo being a part of it. On the other hand, I’m so not looking forward to the trip home. Going back to Denmark will be nice. It’ll be nice to find our routine again, have our own space, cook our own food, etc. But the flights? I could go without. The fact that we’re coming home to pizza that we somehow accidentally left in the living room just before we left doesn’t make our homecoming any more appealing.
Neither does the fact that the jet lag will probably catch up to us this time around. We managed to have next to nothing jet-lag-wise when we arrived, but I’ve heard that going back East is much more difficult. To add to this, we’ve decided to start some sort of sleep-training regimen with Theo when we get back to “real life.” I think it’ll actually make it easier if we do that, plus jet-lag-recovery at the same time. I’m sure I’ll let you know how it goes.
For now, we’re going to lay back and soak up these last few rays of Americanness.