Capetown

We’re going to Capetown soon, in just a few weeks time actually. I’m starting to get nervous, but also excited of course. Jon and I was there 8 years ago, lots have happened since then and this will be a totally different trip.

I look forward to the weather, the scenery, the food and some shopping I expect.

I think we’ll get up to a lot more touristy things this time around. Last time was mostly socializing and there’ll be some of that as well of course.

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Last time we were in South Africa

And flying… Flying. Could get interesting. 2 kids and total of 13 hours in the air and a long time traveling. Hopefully they’ll sleep on the plane, I’m sure they will. Hopefully I will… I spoke to my doctor and he will give me “bag of tranquilizers” when I go there in a couple of weeks! Hope they work! I have a great of flying. Might be worth mentioning that. It’s become better in recent years. But I’ve already had anxiety about it so night be good to get some help.

Lasts days in Portsmouth

The last days in the UK I didn’t take many photos. Not being a very good photographer I find it hard to take photos when it’s too dark and indoors. So that was part of the reason. I did drag “my” camera with me everywhere though. So unfortunately we didn’t get many photos when Jon’s sister & husband arrived. Here’s a couple after a walk and we stop for a drink at Wetherspoons.

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No place like home

Even though we’ve had a great time away and time just flew by these fifteen days at my in-laws, it is good to be back home.

I got up at 3 am after trying to get Aiden back to sleep since around 1 am. And he did, just a I had to get up. We caught the bus to Gatwick and both Aiden and myself slept most of the bus trip. I tried to blog but felt sick, so thought I’d catch up on sleep.

Security & check in went smooth, although I had to throw away some breast milk I’d pumped earlier and carried with me. They would have let me keep it if I tasted it. I didn’t really need it though, as I was planning on feeding Aiden, but just had it with in case.

I felt relaxed flying to and from the UK. So pleased as it seems most of my anxiety when it comes to flying is gone. Still have some but not at all as bad.

And Aiden, what a good boy he’s been. So calm and happy. He’s back in his cot tonight, let’s see how this night turns out after everything we’ve put him through…
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Oh well I’m turning in early. Good night.

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Aiden sleepingWe’re still away in the UK. I’m so pleased Aiden seems happy to be away and doesn’t seem bothered about a slight change in routines for a couple a weeks. He’s warming to the grandparents as well so nicely. Showing off his best sides.

And I’m very pleased his sleeping seems to be “maturing”, getting closer to sleeping “through the night” (= 5-6 hours in one stretch/night). I’m getting very excited about future developments. (making him porridge, food eventually, him sitting.. You know – all that.)

Jon and I were talking on the way back after a walk today that it’s going to be so exciting to see what kind of person he’s going to be. Can’t wait for him to start talking so we can really get to know what’s in that little head. And I also wonder if we’ll think; “You could see he was like that when he was a baby already”.

 

On grandma’s floor

We’ve only been here a few days but there’s lot of interesting things happening on grandma Elaine’s floor. Because of the rain/storm and generally miserable view from outside the window, we spend most of our time in the lounge, the only room heated up by the gas fire during the day.

Talking nonsense with his Danish teether.
Talking nonsense with his Danish teether.
But favourite toy of all time and always there; the feet
But favourite toy of all time and always there; the feet
Exhausted after all the playing, he fell asleep in grandma’s arms

On tummy

Playing with fire
Playing with fire
Jon calls this Aiden’s backwards beard

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Aiden spending time on grandma's floor
Aiden spending time on grandma’s floor

Awake in the middle of the night in a windy UK

It’s about now it starts feeling unnecessary that I slept for hours during the day. Had a long power nap with Aiden and it was really cosy though. So I guess it was worth not being able to sleep now.

The wind is blowing really hard outside. There’s a storm in the UK. And I’m wide awake. The only one in this house.

(photos from earlier)

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By the way, predictive text on my phone always wants to call Aiden “sidebar”. Speaking of “the sidebar” – sounds like he’s waking up… ?

Oh. And I made our family as Androids the other day.

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In the UK…

We’re in the UK! It all came about very quickly. As our social security back payments came through, we decided that we should make a trip to the UK while we can, before work and all starts again. Also, Jon’s sister is coming to the UK over the holidays, so we thought it was a good opportunity to meet up the whole family (Jon’s side).

I was nervous though, to say the least. I’m a nervous flyer, but then I’ve also never travelled with a baby. So lots of worries and anxieties. Plus we’re away for a couple of weeks. We know the baby routines at home, but what about in someone elses house? And also, most importantly; how will Aiden react to being dragged around?

So far so good though! Aiden was a bit upset on the plane (probably his ears), but he was quite content and even fell asleep for a bit. It was a long day but we’ve managed to make up for some lost sleep when we got here.

The weather is lousy today, as you would expect from the UK I guess. So we’ll probably have a day indoors. Jon has been down with a stomach bug so we’ve been locked indoors for that reason already. I don’t mind though. It’s nice and relaxed.

Father/son moment at Gatwick

What's for dinner?

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