Freezing and flying

19 Dec

Will got his Christmas wish early and has had an eeeeaasssy school week. We had a round of snow last weekend and since the temperatures have yet to get above 30 or so degrees, he got late starts Monday and Tuesday at school. Schools closed Wednesday since we were supposed to get hit with more snow but nothing happened all day. However, the snow started up about 5 AM Thursday morning and Seattle got about 3 inches, effectively shutting the city down. He got Wednesday, Thursday and today off. Although the side roads are basically ice slicks, the main roads are sanded and fine. We’ve got a lot of errands to run today and Will has made plans to meet up with a lot of friends to go sledding so we’ll be dropping him off then taking care of the rest of shopping. He is going to ride the Metro back home once they’re done. I would have loved something like this when I was his age–going sledding on a snow day off from school! Not to mention the freedom that the Metro provides–he isn’t reliant upon Andy or myself to get him around town. It’s great independence for him and he does really well with it.

We’re trying to get all the last minute things taken care of today and tomorrow. Since our flight leaves at 6 AM Sunday morning, we have to be at the airport at 4 AM. We have to check the car into long term parking and also security will take longer for us since they will pull us out of line to inspect the formula and bottles. That means we have to be out of the house by 3:15 AM and guess what? They’re forecasting more snow starting Saturday night with freezing rain! This means that I will basically ride the entire way to the airport with my eyes closed, trying not to scream so Andy can concentrate on driving. I really hate being on the road in icy conditions. I’m thinking we need to get up at 2 AM to make sure everyone has time for some coffee, getting the baby fed, etc. To say it’s going to be a long day is an understatement but we’re all really looking forward to coming home and showing off the little guy. I’ve managed to get him in bed by 9:30 the last three nights so hopefully this work towards moving him to an early schedule for bedtime will stick. We’re trying to make a schedule for all the running around that has to be done in Shreveport, making sure we try to show Eli off to everyone who wants to see him and spend a good amount of time with everyone. If past experience holds, I’m sure I’ll fly back still feeling like I didn’t quite manage to do everything but I feel hopeful.

Because of the weather I didn’t get around to mailing the package full of maternity clothes for Carrie and Christmas presents so we’re going to pack a smaller box and check it with luggage for the flight. Paying for the extra box on the flight will be cheaper than paying for express shipping so it works. We’re bringing two cans of formula home for the week and that will hopefully be enough. Eli seems to be stepping up the eating and has chugged his last few bottles in less than 10 minutes. He continues to be a dream, Andy is a dream and has been taking most of the overnight feedings and letting me sleep and life is good. I couldn’t ask for better! Well, except maybe if I didn’t have to fly this weekend but until I figure out how to teleport, there’s not a lot to be done about that.


2 Responses to “Freezing and flying”

  1. Sue December 19, 2008 at 5:01 pm #

    The logistics of your trip here are staggering! Still we are delighted that you are coming. You can handle it — and I am quite sure that once you are here, you can rest while others arm wrestle over who gets to hold Eli next!

  2. Carrie December 19, 2008 at 5:08 pm #

    You can leave the clothes behind and mail them after you get back home, you dork! I still haven’t had to venture into the maternity wear, so I am not in desperate need or anything. I certainly don’t want maternity clothes that I don’t need yet taking up your valuable packing space!

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