Twenty-one weeks and USA living for Maxime!!! Yep, we arrived...and it
started out rough. Jake started the visit with a stay in the hospital with a
terrible case of facial cellulitis. It was horrible. Thankfully, he was
released on Saturday after we arrived and is slowly recovering. I felt terrible for him
and I am super glad he is feeling better! Of course, something
like this would happen to us while on vacation. Right now, I just want
Jake to feel 100% better...I'll worry about the nightmare of everything
later...because there will be a serious nightmare we'll have to deal
with later. However, I really don't want this whole ordeal to be a dark
cloud over our stay. I really want to enjoy our time here in spite of
how the trip started. This is Max's first trip to America, we need to
live it up! It is a little surreal to believe we are actually here...all
the waiting and now we are here. It has been fun seeing lots of family
and friends, and for everyone to meet Max. Praying for the rest of the
trip to be fun, but to be a heck of a lot less eventful than our first
few days...and no more hospital stays...we'll go bankrupt!
what did week twenty-one bring for Max? Well, it brought Daddy back (he
didn't come back healthy, but at least he came back) which was
great...this Mama was all done. So thankful to have Daddy back!!!
Obviously, the biggest highlight of this week was coming to America!
This little boy is enjoying some time in his country of nationality!!!
The flight was long, but Max did great. I just had to realize that I
would be sitting there like a cow ready to nurse at a moment's
notice...that was super awesome...you know, since I love nursing so
much. I am fairly certain there were several people on our flight who
got a little show of my little ladies peeping out...oh, well. Max slept
off and on - it is hard to get comfortable...I get that, it is a really
long day of travel. But, (I have to remind myself) that is all it is -
one day...not the whole vacation, so you buck up and embrace it. Sadly,
he has had a bit of a rough transition since being in Phoenix...can't
quite get his internal clock set right just yet. So, that makes me
tired...real, real tired. I get it though...this travel gig isn't
easy...especially for a baby! Although he isn't getting great sleep, he
is still such a sweet boy. He is so easy going and will let anyone hold
him...he just wants some love. We have learned though that Max
appreciates a schedule. I am not a live and die by a schedule kind of
mom; however, I am home...A LOT, so we don't really ever deviate from
his schedule except on Sundays for church. So, maybe I should be
trying to spice life up a little more for him with jacking up his
schedule. He has been eating better, which is great. Like his brothers,
I cannot force him to eat - once I truly understand that, it will be
better for us all. Before we came here, he had been sleeping
well...guess we'll just be throwing all of that out the window.
still not rolling...yep, we got some work to do. He seems strong enough
to sit up, but has no balance...too many things to work on...can't
handle it. He is giggling more...so sweet. He is quite the talker as
well. He is still in the Woombie...Jake is certain we cut this out
now...not there yet. He moves himself all over the crib...guess I should
take out the pillows and blankets now. He officially knows what it
feels like to sweat...it is warm in Phoenix...I am trying not to be
overly dramatic about the heat, but I am being overly dramatic about
it...can't help myself. We still haven't started any foods with him, but
he is getting some tastes (thank you Aunt Melissa for the donuts). Jake is very ready to start Max on some solid foods...and when Jake stays home with Max and is needed every minute of the day, he can start those solid foods that provide zero nutritional value to Max. Yep, over solid foods...yes, I know I will have to feed this baby real food very soon and I am sure it seems crazy that something like this seems like such a big deal, but it is the little things that can put me over the edge...this would put me over the edge...for reals. However, I am sure we'll keep giving him some tastes until I am ready to commit. So far, he is enjoying his vacation...it is great to be "home" (at least home for me...for Max, this isn't home).
It is great to be back in Arizona. I am tired, like stupid tired...I feel like I have been in this state for too long. Honestly, I don't know if I will ever get out of this state at times. It is my season...a sleepless season. I resigned myself to the fact that this is not going to be a restful vacation...not at all. So, I can choose my attitude...just like with everything else in life. Things don't always go as I planned...I can choose to be pissed, or I can choose to embrace it with a joyful heart. I am really praying that I choose to have a joyful heart. I'll need some serious caffeine...bring it! Time to enjoy some USA living!