Ravi, Elanor and I are US bound in a few weeks.
I am flying solo from Singapore to Seattle on August 23rd. I’ll be Seattle based from August 23rd through August 29th. This is the first time I’ve flown solo since 2006, if I recall correctly, and the very first time I’ve flown internationally completely solo. While the idea of 20+ hours of transit is never fun, it seems far less intimidating without a toddler in tow (and every international trip since 2008 with the exception of Singapore-Hong Kong back in February has been with Ellie) and the freedom to read/watch movies/rest without worrying if she’s awake or not.
Originally I had plans to drive the west coast highway from Seattle to San Francisco solo. It’s the kind of drive that Elanor would find mind-numbing at her age, and Ravi would be okay but not overly excited by it. I, on the other hand, would have loved driving a convertible down the coast, top down, music blasting, stopping frequently to take photos.
However, it’s just not practical given my health and the difficulties of the pregnancy. So I have elected instead to stay Seattle based, with the option to pop down to Portland, if I have a good day/days. I have a few things that I definitely want to see, but Seattle is a location that I can take fairly slowly, and I won’t beat myself up if I spend a lot of time resting in the hotel room or going to see American movies I wouldn’t get a chance to see for months (if at all, given the pregnancy) in Singapore.
The idea, after all, is to just give me a week of vacation without responsibilities before the new baby arrives and is attached to me (practically 24/7) for a year or more. Not to play martyr…after a 3 or so months we’ll try to introduce a bottle so that Ravi and I can start having short dates away, but I’m not comfortable being away overnight before the kids are a year or so. Given that local travel is fairly cheap, it’s also easy to just bring B and the girls rather than leave them behind and be anxious. When the time is right, Ravi and will eventually do a weekend or what have you away…but that feels a long way off right now. So a solo trip sounds like heaven (even if I do have a tagalong in my uterus).
On August 29th I fly to San Francisco, one day before Ellie and Ravi head to the US. Ravi and Ellie are joining me in San Francisco on August 30th and we’ll stay there until the morning of September 2nd. We have family (Ravi’s aunt and uncle) and good friends (whom we haven’t seen in a few years) there. We also love San Francisco…I bet Ellie will go nuts for the giant carousel at Yerba Buena Gardens and the Aquarium.
From September 2nd through September 17th we’ll be in Boston. We have a few commitments already (mostly medical appointments for Elanor and myself) but are mostly looking forward to seeing our friends and relaxing with family before the baby comes. And, of course, Target. I’m really looking forward to Target. I also have all of Ellie’s old clothes/shoes/etc to go through, although much of it is weather inappropriate (and then shopping to do to fill in blanks in baby girl’s wardrobe).
Ravi is super excited for the American football season opener..his favorite team (the Miami Dolphins) is playing my father in law’s favorite team (The New England Patriots)…and I’m happy too, as Dolphins/Patriots games are always good for entertainment value as my husband and his dad trash talk each other.
We fly home super early on Saturday September 17th, arriving back in Boston just before midnight on Sunday the 18th.
We have lots to get done before our trip home, but I can’t wait!