We’re back home in Denmark.
The trip to the US was amazing. I loved seeing as much of my family as I could, many of my friends, and the families that I used to nanny for, which was so, so fun (and surreal, seeing those little babies as two and a half year old big brothers!). It was wonderful, staying with my parents for a long enough period that they really got to see Theo grow and develop. He rolled over for the first time, and started to grab things (and promptly stuff them into his mouth…or open his mouth and rub them on his forehead, as his aim still needed work). I got to eat lots of my favorite American foods (and gained some pounds back, unfortunately). We did lots of shopping, and came home with a whole extra suitcase of goodies!
The trip back was definitely not as amazing. We had a weather delay, a screaming baby while we were stuck in our seats for an hour and a half before take-off, a bad headache, airplane-food-poisoning, a missed connection, six-hour layover, and a wild windstorm in Copenhagen when we landed, which almost trapped us in our plane, and finally a ridiculous taxi-ride home which had me praying over and over as we sped through the rainy, windy streets of our city.
However, after we got the suitcases in the door, things have been looking up. Theo’s amazing and hasn’t had a problem with jet lag–basically at all! We did some minor sleep-training (I like to think of it as sleep-helping) which has done wonders for our quality of life. While we were in the US, he fought sleep like it was his job. We would wrap him up (so he wouldn’t get his hands in his face and wake himself up), and carry and bounce him around while he fought us every step of the way. When he finally almost succumbed, we’d drape a burp cloth over his face to shut out any stimulation, and gingerly lay him down, hoping he wouldn’t wake back up and we’d have to repeat the whole process.
After two days of sleep-helping, we lay him down awake in his bed, give him his pacifier, tuck him in his cozy duvet, and give him his ducky, and way more times than not, he’ll just go right to sleep all on his own. Of course, I wonder if he was ready for this sooner, and we could’ve maybe done this while still in the US, but I just put it out of my mind because…we didn’t, and maybe he wasn’t ready anyway. But this is seriously, a vast improvement–to just lay him down for a nap instead of making a big process out of it…it’s wonderful! He’s also started to go to bed around 7-8 in the evening, which is great because it means more time for Andreas and I to be together, which I’ve missed so much since Theo’s been born.
So, all-in-all, everything is going great! We’re headed to Andreas’s parents’ for Christmastime, and I’m excited for Theo to spend time with this part of his family, too (and excited to see them, myself!).
Here’s some photo-highlights of our time in the US, and Theo from 2-almost four months!