Thursday, August 25, 2011

This Kid Was Made for Our Family

Yesterday I was literally working up until the minute we had to get in the cab to go to the airport. It has made the transition to vacation kind of startling. Like it came out of no where because it wasn't built up for me with lots of planning and thinking and making sure everything is ready to go like I normally do. In the last week I've had six clients go under contract. Besides slowly adjusting our sleep for Ehren's sake I've had little time to do anything but work the 14 hours that I was awake. So far this lack of planning has only cost me a bathing suit, peanut butter and an adaptor for my three prong computer plug. We can live without the first two but we bought the last one so you guys would have something to read along the way.

Side note: Joshua has decided we can't call this a vacation. The ratio of relaxing is wrong for what he considers a vacation so from here on out it will be referred to as "adventure." I personally like adventure anyway so please adjust your vocabulary.

Ehren waiting

Besides forgetting those little items and having the wrong address for the place we are staying in Madrid this adventure is off to a great start. With the help of our sleep adjustment Ehren (and us) are already soundly on Spain time. We had no idea how to help a baby with jet lag so we took a stab at what we thought made sense and so far I'm a fan.

LONG EXPLANATION: Spain is 7 hours ahead of Nashville so for the eight days leading up to our trip we woke him up 30 minutes earlier every 2 days. So the day before we left the family was up at 4:30am going about our business like the sun was up. Then the day we were leaving we let him sleep until 6 knowing that we wouldn't be on our plane until 7pm so he needed some extra juice for the day. Worked like a charm and this kid slept 8 hours on the plane in what will be his last bassinet ride (not only because he was crammed but because we kind of had to fight a lady and sort of fib about his weight at the airport to get him in it). Then when we arrived in Spain at 10am we were able to stay up until 2pm nap time and then he took a regular nap and was ready for bed at 9pm Spain time. Adjusting his body clock about halfway seemed to make it possible for him to go down at an almost regular night time and this morning he popped up ready to face the day.

Ehren-asleep on plane

Experiment one: SUCCESS


Lauren S said...

Wow - I've never seen such a sleeping device.

Also, surely Spanish babies stay up until at least 1 or 2am. :)

Hope you guys have a wonderful adventure!

joshntiff said...


Bassinets are usually available on international flights.

And yes Spanish families do keep their kids up late.

Anonymous said...

Although you know I think you are extremely brilliant, organized, etc., you are also a "lucky duck". MOM