Saturday, June 22, 2013

'Twas the Night Before... first major international travel with a toddler.  Nightmare visions of ending up as the parents with the eternally screaming child who just cannot be consoled or entertained while stuck in a small metal box for 13.5 hours roll through my mind.

Worse still: I believe he is teething again.  He learned to say "No no no no no!" just this week. He thinks hitting, kicking, biting, and hair pulling are hilarious when he gets over tired.  And he's experimenting with temper-tantrums.

Really, my son is an even-tempered, delightful little boy.  But so was my cat Saja until we locked her in a small metal box without adequate hydration or access to a bathroom for 20ish hours (bus + flight).  Then she became the Devil spawn.  She's chilled out for the most part now, but don't let her see that carrier, or boy oh boy...

Min Gi and I have tried to prepare like rational adults: the diapers are packed, the stickers and colored pens are loaded, the iPod touch apps prepared, the snacks he likes best are individually bagged.  I even decided two months ago not to wean until after we return from Korea just for having one more method of appeasement available.  Still, I don't know that there is any way on this Earth we could make this misery any less miserable.  I've done this flight 6 times--solo, with Min Gi, with cat(s)--and it's barely survivable for adults.

Fortunately, this parenting anxiety is enough to distract me from the other aspect of this trip that should terrify me--leaving our newly purchased townhouse (with cats) for 6 weeks!  I'm not too worried about this, though.  A lovely young lady (who I met through the new hotline I work with in our area) will be house- and cat-sitting.

I just keep having the vision of Jeongmin trying to fall asleep today, gripping my hair tightly on either side of my head, pulling my face towards his open jaws of death, squealing with delight as he chomped down on my nose so hard he might have drawn blood...

Perhaps the plane will not revive Zombie Baby... but I'm pretty sure it will just increase his need for brains (aka my nose).

We'll let you know if we come out alive on the other end... otherwise look for the international news story of the flight crew/passengers that escaped prosecution because their mob-attack murder of the three of us was deemed justifiable in all three countries we traveled through...

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Vacation Time

J on his bike a few days ago.  18 months old now.

In a few days, the fam is headed to Korea for a much-needed 6 week vacation/in-law & friend frenzy.  It will be our first trip back since moving to the U.S. in fall of 2010.  Much has happened since the last update.  We bought a house (townhouse in Frederick, MD).  Min Gi got his 10 year greencard.  I completed a successful year of teaching (almost had thought that was impossible) and will return to the same school in the fall.  J is a toddler (as you can see above).  I switched to a new hotline near my (new) house (part-time now, of course).  I became an auntie to a baby girl earlier this month.  I have dealt with three steroids-required flares of my ulcerative colitis.  I wrote most of a novel for NaNoWriMo with 19 of my students at that time.  Dad's health has held out; my brother's has not.  Mom remains amazing support for Sarah and I as new(er) moms, but I worry about her stress level.

Ayanna Jordyn, niece extraordinaire.  Aka A.J. and "Yaya." 8 days old.

Generally, life has been pretty good to us in this time, but it has been stressful with so many transitions.  I am looking forward to the rejuvenation of this vacation.  I had planned to try to get some work while in Korea, but since that didn't really happen, I'm instead looking for my first actual summer break since I began this teaching gig almost 10 years ago.  Perhaps I will even find time for this woefully neglected corner of the internet that is my blog.

To those of you still reading: thanks.  I'll let you know what Korea's like under their first female president.


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