Hi Ms Lani,
Yep about a month late.. oops but we were overseas for most of your 11 month.. Our very first overseas adventure and not one I would like to repeat. It was not bad but also not so good.
You were great on the plane, you made new friends, barely cried and managed to sleep not in the bassinet, it was to small but on my lap.
We spent our first week in Joue le Tours with your French Grandparents and it was pretty tough. You were clearly jet-lagged, even resulting in a few big vomits. And sleeping at night was even harder. You did become best friends with your auntie’s cat Inca. The whole family spoilt you like crazy with toys and clothes. You finally saw your first Wallaby, in the botanical gardens in Tours, crazy huh??
We left to see your Oma en Opa in Holland on Boxing Day, by then you were pretty much recovered from your jet lag but you still ended up spending every night in our bed. Oma had organised a little party so people could meet you. While you were not too happy with all the people trying to touch you. You really loved seeing all the other kids and playing with them. We took you to Amsterdam and to the delta works and to the zoo. Most days though were spent on the farm, which because of the shitty weather was pretty boring, but you did enjoy looking at the Fish and the cats and the chickens.
Our last week we were back in Tours, you were much better. Although still never really yourself. I was dying to come back home and so so tired. Mainly because you still did not sleep through the night and were spending most nights attached to me. Dad was having a good time which which was lovely to see. We went to the lab where you got to meet lots of people and got to spend time with Salaar a very entertaining and funny 3 yr old! And then it was time to go, just before the snow arrived.
The trip home was very tiring, mainly because we had a very long stop-over in Singapore and we went from flying business class to having to go back to cattle class. Again though you were very well behaved although on the second leg there was a bit of screaming.
Once home, we quickly managed to settle into our usual routine. You sleep in your own bed and we have stopped all the night feeds!
You have 5 teeth, are still not walking but are very good cruising and walking while holding our hands. You have an extreme interest in animals whether they are real or in books. You point to the things that you want, and make it very clear when you are not happy. And last weekend we saw your love for rain since despite the torrential rain all you wanted was to be outside and dive into the massive puddles, and so we did!
My darling in these past 2 months you have changed from being a baby into a little girl and it is the most wonderful transformation. I can not express how much I enjoy seeing you develop into your own (very bossy) person.
All my love always,