Sunday, October 18, 2009

Cold in NC

That's right- it's cold in North Carolina! We're enjoying some quality time with my sister and her husband and the new baby, but it's hard to find time to post updates since one or the other of our kids always seems to be awake and finding the time to post then feels nearly impossible. I now understand the joys of having one child with set naptimes! The jet lag has been surprisingly difficult to deal with (I figured the 3 hour difference would be negligible compared to the 16 from Japan!) in part because we are currently sharing a room with Peanut which we don't generally do at home and she's very sensitive to hearing us move around - which leads to more night wakings I'm sure.

The trip has been trippy since I feel like perhaps I'm getting a glimpse of what I looked like with a newborn. My sister is definitely frazzled which I find humorous since her son sleeps really well (i.e. 5 hour stretches at night and he's just about 3 months old!) and he's a very good-natured boy. Peanut was always good-natured but not a "good" sleeper per se. For us, 3 hours at a time was generally our standard of good! As a result, I find it hard to believe that my sister is fretting over a 2 hour crying fit when her son wasn't quite ready to go to sleep one night. I don't remember how often, if ever, that happened when Peanut was 3 months old, but I know it took us longer than their usual 5-10 minutes to get our baby to sleep. Wow. How dreamy that sounds.

Ultimately what this trip has done has give me a new perspective about my relationship with my sister. But that's more for another day.


  1. I wish some of the cooler temps would hit here.. nope, still going in sandals and short sleeves.. I live in Nagoya.. pretty warm around here.. been about 70's and 80's...

    We went from hot, to humid, to rain, to spring like... I wonder if you'll get snow early?

  2. Ahhh. Well, I was in your sister's camp when Jun was tiny. Everyone looked at my exhausted/frazzled face with wonder because Jun really WAS an easy baby when compared to everyone else's.

    But, I determined it was part my personality - rather needing to be in control, rather needing my own time, and being a light sleeper that contributed greatly to my exhaustion.

    Please be sure to let her know that this hard time (for her) really will pass. I enjoy parenting more each day that I did the day before. Actually an American friend, seeing my face, told me that she thought I might just enjoy parenting a whole lot more when Jun was older (without me commenting at all about how hard it had been), and I appreciated her encouragement!

    Sorry it is so long!!!!! Enjoy your trip!

  3. Let's not talk about that newborn period... I still have PTSD from it! Bean was probably closer to the "difficult" side of the spectrum, mainly because of his silent reflux that caused a LOT of pain and crying. And for him, too.

    Looking forward to hearing more when you get back!

  4. I hope the jet lag wears off soon and you can get some sleep. Enjoy the rest of your visit with family!