Monday, December 20, 2010

From High Above the Atlantic Ocean

I have to admit, my expectations this morning were low. The only part of the trip that was organized was the person staying at our house to watch the cats.

We were up until about 2 getting ready to celebrate "American Christmas" before we left. It must have a late night for Santa, too. We woke up to find a note telling Caitlin he made an early visit so she would not have to worry about fitting presents in her suitcase.

The Irishman also woke up with a stomach bug. I am pretty sure flying across the pond with a baby and a sick husband is up there with things I fear most.

It was a rough morning trying to celebrate "American Christmas", pack, clean, and not get sick. Despite it all, we had a lovely Christmas and thanks to Uncle Ken we got to the airport in one piece.

As for the flights, I'm afraid to speak too soon, but so far they could not have gone better. Caitlin and her daddy slept soundly through the flight to New York. (even I managed to doze a bit) We are now high above the Atlantic with free WiFi and a sleeping baby.

Not sure how our computer access will be once we get to my in laws house, but I'm sure I'll figure something out. Now that the shopping and wrapping and traveling are done I'm looking forward to relaxing and enjoying the time. You can expect pictures of Caitlin in front of the castle down the road.
Well this is my second "edited to add" segment. The first was on my phone once the WiFi cut out. It will be stuck on my phone until I can turn it on again or find another place with WiFi access.
Soon after I typed the first part the meal service came around. Caitlin woke up and we managed to jugle two trays of food and a wriggly baby. Then Morgan's nose started to bleed.
The couple sitting behind us saw the panicked look on my face and the fact that the flight attendant was ignoring our call light. They took the two trays from us so we could move and ran to the back of the plane for paper towels.
Next up was finding a way to make a bottle of warm milk without warm milk. I thought ahead and brought powdered milk. We mixed that with some hot water and cold milk. It wasn't perfect, but she drank it!
After a diaper change (fun times in a plane bathroom) Caitlin was ready to go back to sleep. She was REALLY good. Even with our adventures, it was a dream flight. I can only dream the way home goes as smoothly!
The drive back to Cork was quite scenic...patchwork of green fields I love so much are all covered in powdery white snow. Caitlin and I slept in the car, but we're enjoying looking at the snow from warm inside the house. There is supposed to me more coming in the next day or two.
Caitlin has met her three cousins and is enjoying time with her Nana and Granda. She has a bit of a cold and started running a fever last night. After a little tylenol, a warm bath, and a warm bottle she slept for over 12 hours. She still has a runny nose and a little cough, but she seems to feel better this morning.
It looks like it will be a quiet day around the house here watching Daddy make a snowman and playing with all the "new" old toys. I'll try to get some pictures uploaded later. = )


Agate Lake Girl said...

Glad she traveled well for you. Hope she and Morgan start feeling better soon.

P.S. Loved your Christmas card (it came today)!

Leslie said...

Ya'll are brave! I dread traveling in the van for 3 hours! Can't even imagine a trans-Atlantic flight!