Despite how difficult an international trip has been with twin toddlers, I remind myself of all the good things that I observe during the trip. I am truly grateful for them.
- Transportation has been convenient because my uncle has a mini-van that my dad has been borrowing, and my dad (and my brother when he was in town) is super willing to do pick ups and drop offs.
- Transportation in India was a breeze as well despite some crazy traffic because we had the means to hire a car and a driver.
- Despite the time change, Bunny has been sleeping through the night in both my home town and in India since day one.
- Okra has more difficulty with nap time and bed time, but he is consolable whenever we need to console him.
- So far, all three flights were horrible and after them, my body really needed time to adjust to the lack of rest. Fortunately, one night of sleep was enough to help with recuperating.
- The kind of help that my parents have been providing for us has been nothing short of amazing. Bob is currently away being at a work conference at the next town. My parents have been helping out with all the childcare needs. My dad buys and carries all the groceries home and my mom helps with all the daily chores including laundry, bath, and breakfast/lunch/dinner. Without them, the trip would have been much harder.
- How happy my grandma is when she is with the kids has been so nice for me to watch. Because of her age, she is not too lucid at times. However, whenever she sees the kids, her face lights up and she is all smiles. For this reason alone, the trip is worth it.
- The kids spending time with relatives from both sides of the family has been truly memorable. They took to them well and were willing to play and interact with them. And, seeing how much my husband’s family loves the kids and how much my family loves the kids is the highlight of this extended time we have spent away from home.
We have a few more days left here. I am very glad we decided to make this trip. I think the true test is when we go home to face the time change and jet lag there. I will report back how that goes.
Kids waiting at the gate for grandpa’s ride