We made it.
Two words, friends: JET.LAG. We're really feeling it. I feel like death warmed up. It's a seven hour time difference between Oklahoma and Germany. It hurts.
The plane ride to Oklahoma was rough. It was 14 hours of wrestling a ten month old. She didn't have her own seat. The Army doesn't pay for our vacation (another ouch), and because Ava is under two years old--she doesn't need a seat; so we opted to simply "hold" her. That didn't go so well. I've now decided I will pay almost anything for her to sit--contained--in her own seat.
I can't complain though, (but I will). She was perfect on the plane ride back to Germany. She slept the whole time. Miracles happen people! Minus a half hour or so, here and there, where she woke up to roll around on us, and try to pull the hair of a french woman sitting in front of us.
Très annoying, Ava. Très annoying.
Eventually we made it back to Germany. It was only 9:00 a.m. when we got off the plane. That means, that in order to fight jet lag, we needed to stay awake until at least 9:00 p.m. We didn't do that. We took some naps. Ava went to bed around her "normal" bed time: 7:30 p.m. Then she woke up screaming at 9:30, and just cried for an hour and half. At some point I must have gotten up and put her in bed with us--but I don't remember that. I just remember waking up at 5:00 a.m. to a baby making snow angels in bed, and hitting me in the face. She fell back asleep though, and together we slept in until 12:30 p.m.! I haven't done that since middle school!
The whole family is feeling pretty rough today. One day at a time. One day at a time.
The biggest adjustment so far, (after a whole 24 hours): now I actually have to watch my baby. Back in Oklahoma, I had at least three other people taking care of her at a time.
We had such a wonderful trip. We spent a whole month with family, and we got to see our friends. A lot of the time we got to hang out with people sans baby! So, here is a thank you to my mom and step dad for the one million hours of free babysitting, (I may be overshooting it with one million, but it's somewhere around there).
We plan on returning to Oklahoma again in December 2012, for the Royse Family Annual Christmas Vacation Extravaganza round two. I'll get your T-shirt order form as soon as I finish unpacking.
I'll try to post a more coherent, "update-ive" blog in the coming days. After I heal. :)
It's a new year! You've got that going for you--which is nice.