I've been gone almost a month! It was a crazy trip. So much happened in one trip that its hard to even think about it as one trip!
It was quite an undertaking with a baby and it wore me out. I planned all these things prior to having a baby - just thinking "we'll just see how it goes!" and almost everything I've done has proved to be quite challenging - hosting family, going on vacation, traveling abroad & stateside, and coaching a swim team - with a baby. I can only imagine how nice it'd be to live within driving distance of family. Having help at arms reach and easy to get to would be so nice!
I'm really glad we went, but I don't know if I'll be doing another long flight like that on my own anytime soon. There really wasn't a way around it though, with immediate family so spread out all over the US, it was the only way to introduce Emma to all of them.