Friday, June 19, 2009


Well, we made it to Ohio!

The plane flight(s) were a nightmare. I didn't sleep a wink for 24 hours. Moana was not pleased with the sleeping situation on my lap and she made it known. To everyone on the plane. Poor thing. At one point as we were getting close to landing in Chicago after the red eye (giving new meaning to 'red' eye' flight), Scott and I looked at each other wearily and decided that this was a cruel thing to do to Moana. We couldn't even be mad at her for expressing her frustration because we were the ones putting her through this long and horrible situation that she did not understand. We were all tired and uncomfortable and we all wanted to scream out and let it be known, though as adults we have an ability to control some of our outbursts. At 7 only months old, it's not fair to expect that from Moana.

For what it's worth, I know everyone dreads the thought of sitting next to a crying baby on a long flight, but let me promise you this: as bad as it is to sit next to one, it is 100x worse to be that baby's mother. That's all I'll say about that.

I will not do this to her again. Except when we do it to her again next week as we try to get home. But after that, I won't do it to her again.

Other than that though, it's really pretty cool to be here! My mom is just as happy as she could possibly be having her little granddaughter here. She got out all of the toys she's been collecting and Moana is totally set up with a crib and a high chair and plenty of toys to keep her stimulated and occupied for a year! It's really cute to watch my mom and my daughter to play together. :)

This morning I was out the door before anyone else opened their eyes... headed over to my old high school pool to get in an early morning swim. What a flashback flood of memories that was... I spent countless hours in that natatorium when I was in high school. The swim flew by so fast this morning because my head was just spinning with flashes of high school days. The coolest part was seeing my name up on the record board. I still hold the pool and school record for springboard diving... 17 years later! I recognized many of the names up on that board~ clearly, Hudson swimming was in it's prime in the 90's. ;)

Now I'm trying to get motivated to get my run in before we head to the Amish country for a family reunion later today. I was going to run this morning right after swimming but it was 56 and raining and all I had was a sports bra and shorts (that's all I usually need!). I'm not one for skipping workouts so I'm going to just go suck it up and get it done, but it's not going to be pleasant. I don't know how people who live in the mid-west train day after day in this crap. I really don't.


N.D. said...

Oh gosh, the flights sound like a nightmare! aww, I can't imagine the stress I would go through if Nick was not happy :( The swim sounds like fun down memory lane and good luck w the run!

Mnowac said...

If you are up for a cup of coffee with a fellow blogger while you're in town let me know. I am in Cleveland Hts, but going out of town next Thurs. I totally understand if you are super busy with family stuff though.

Clare said...

i will be SO sympathetic to moms with crying babies now! we have out first flight in 2 weeks, luckily not an all day event like yours! enjoy the weather!!

X-Country2 said...

Good luck on the trip back. I can't imagine how stressful that must be for you.

Regina said...

You are right, it is 100x worse for the mom with the crying baby on the flight. It really does suck, I've been there. Of course, I haven't been there since, like you I banned all air flight after that!

it isn't just the Midwest that has the yucky weather; welcome to the northeast with the suckiest spring on record!

glad you all made it there safely.

Rebecca DeWire said...

I am so SORRY that the flight was so terrible. I am sure that was super, super stressful. Hopefully the flight home will be much better. Enjoy time with your family, I am sure they are so happy that you are visiting on the mainland.

Angela and David Kidd said...

You arecmaking me think twice about bringing zach if I qualify for kona. That sounds miserable.

Hopefully you guys are having the amazing weather in Ohio that are having here.

DC Running Mama said...

Egad! Now I'm dreading my trip to least it is a shorter flight. I bet your mom is in heaven!!

Charisa said...

Have a great trip - sorry you have to fly FOREVER to get there :) I suppose it's worth it though since you live in paradise :)