I've been pretty boring...
And that's quite ok :)
Its been 10 days since we've been back and we are both mentally and physically still coming down off of the trip. Emma's sleep patterns, I believe, are still messed up from the turbulence of travel. However, her habits change constantly, so who the heck knows. We'll just say that the trip is to blame. So I have had a lot of sleepless nights, which is the reason its taken us so long to bounce back.
The week we got back I figuratively dove right into coaching swim team. I did it for two days with Emma strapped to the front of me and about lost it. It was so stressful getting us to the pool, getting her needs 100% met just before practice so that she was happy, fed, & clean, tending to 10 kids under the age of 10, and trying to coach with her on me in a hot natatorium - constantly moving/rocking so she didn't start fussing - trying to demonstrate and breakdown stroke technique with limited mobility because of the baby carrier. It was quite ridiculous and I had a little meltdown after the second day and decided that it was just too much.
I felt awful, but I told them I couldn't continue coaching for this season. I had two moms then offer to watch her for me during practice - which would work in theory, but I felt like I had to stick to my original decision that it was too much, since "trying it" is what got me into the mess in the first place. So I have mixed feelings - on one hand I'm a little relieved to not have it on my shoulders anymore but I'm also sad because I feel like I'm letting the kids in my lane down :(
So that's been my recent drama. Other than that, our days mostly consist of napping, playing, some walking the dog, some running, some chores, and some coffee's/lunches with friends.
It has all of a sudden become Fall. I missed the beginning of the changing of the leaves while I was home. The colors aren't as vibrant this year as they were last yer, but I'm also not exploring as much either. The crisp weather is a welcome friend in my world. I love breaking out my jeans and sweaters. The sun has not yet begun its winter hibernation and its not yet cold enough for scarves or jackets - its perfect.
We have some trips planned for the not-so-distant-future that I'm super pumped about. We head to Bruges, Belgium soon with friends from Oxford & Germany, then in November we're meeting friends in Garmisch, Germany in the German Alps, in February we're hopefully heading to Istanbul, then I've begin to plan a quick trip to northern Italy with my Mom in May. Fun!
Jason and I are already starting to think about where else we want to see while we are here (Barcelona! Greece!) and penciling in when we think we can do those trips. I think with my constant focus on Emma, the rest of our time here is going to fly by!