Monday, March 19, 2012

What's Been Going On

*It seems like this past month has been busier than ever. M is such a good baby, so much happier these days, which makes it easier for me to get out of the house with her. I actually enjoy going places with her now that she doesnt have an epic meltdown every time we're in the car. Seriously, she hated the car and carseat passionately (and loudly), but about a month ago decided it wasnt so bad. Im relieved since we are traveling people.

*Speaking of traveling, we have A LOT of it coming our way. In fact, we're booked every weekend from now until July 4th. Craziness. We are trying to see it all before we PCS next summer, but I know that's impossible. We'll never be able to see everything we want to see over here. But we're going to make a darn good effort to do so while we can. This month we're taking a few day trips to places that are less than 2 hrs from us. We went to France twice in the last month. We're headed to Holland for a weekend to see the huge tulip festival and parade next month, plus more day trips. Then we head to the States for a whole month! I am SO excited about that trip. Both of our families will get to meet M, Ill get to shop and eat my way across the country and J will be in training for the month. Seems fair right?
After that, we're off to Normandy for a week for the D-Day reenactment celebration and later than month, we head off for our 10 day Baltic cruise. In the months following that we're planning a four day trip to Rome, one to Barcelona, a week long trip to the Romantic region of France and the French Riviera, and who knows what else. Whew! Im exhausted just thinking about it all, but super excited too. Luckily, M is a great little traveler. She's never been on an airplane though and I am incredibly nervous about all the flying we'll be doing soon. Any tips on flying with a baby?

*We had family photos/M's 6 month photos taken last weekend by the same photographer who took my maternity shots. The photos are AH-MAZ-ING!!! I cant say enough good things about them. M was a doll and so, so good during the photo shoot. I cant wait to get the CD of them all.

*We're on a great schedule now. M is sleeping in her room at night, which was going well until she got her first cold. That set us back two weeks, but she's over it now and Im hoping we're headed towards good, restful nights again. She's using a sippy cup and eating solids like a champ. Im starting the weaning process today from breast feeding. She wasnt impressed with her first bottle of formula. We'll keep trying. Id like for her to be weaned completely by the end of next month. Hopefully that's not unrealistic.

*The weather here in Germany has actually been rather nice, a surprise and huge difference from last year. We've been getting out in the sunshine as much as possible.

*Im in love with the app Draw Something. An artist, I am not, but it is so much fun to try. Everyone's drawings are hilarious! My username is kmack143 if anyone wants to play.

*I have some news regarding my professional situation. Ill write a separate post on that lovely situation.

Happy Monday Everyone!


8 comments:

Jenn said...

Holy wow I am jealous of all of your travel plans!!! Sounds like so! much! fun!

Traveling with a baby- I recommend getting the baby her own seat (especially since she's good in the carseat now), lots of brand new snacks, some new toddler apps, fun books, and maybe some new toys. I think "new" is the key word in all of this. New things always keep their attention a wee bit longer since they're unfamiliar with them. I wish you the best! I flew with Sam when he was just a little guy (a month old maybe?) and then again at Christmas (he was a year then), and I much prefer his attitude when he was smaller and less mobile. LOL We also didn't get the extra seat and I FULLY regret having to restrain him for the entire flight (and OMG it was only two hours long). Godspeed sister! :)

Natalia said...
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Natalia said...

Wow, so many fun trips to look forward to! Mr F and I would LOVE to visit Normandy for D Day...someday. Can't wait to hear about all your adventures!

A good friend of mine started a company called Good Little Traveler which has all kinds of travel tips for kids. You might find something useful....
http://www.goodlittletraveler.com/

Becca said...

D Day reenactment and tulips in Holland? I can't wait to hear about your upcoming travels! Sounds awesome. Traveling with an infant is much easier than with a toddler :) I just made sure H was sucking on something or bottle/breastfeeding upon takeoff and landing, brought his favorite fuzzy blanket, and he slept most of the way when he was M's age. Should be no problem for you experts :) We did get a carseat "backpack" from diapers.com which we LOVED and brought the umbrella-folding stroller and left the giant stroller at home. Made things a little lighter...

Chantal said...

When you travel, what sorts of places do you stay? I always wondered that! Is it terribly expensive?

I love Draw Something too! I'll try to remember to add you. If I don't, my username is CShels :)

Jamie said...

I am so jealous of your traveling. Enjoy!

Angela Noelle said...

M sounds like such an angel! It's so wonderful that she's such a great traveler, but I really think that's thanks to you and the fact that you've brought her up with that as her "normal". Way to go, mama :)

Amanda said...

Wow that's a lot of traveling! I'm jealous since we don't have much planned. ;) I can't wait to hear about your Baltic cruise! We're looking at going on one next summer before we leave.