Jul 31 2011

Day 29: St. John’s, Newfoundland – Switzerland

I took a few days hiatus due to travel, jet lag and general laziness. We’re officially in Switzerland! I’ll update on how I’m feeling, how the family is doing and where we are staying in a bit.

But I must back up and let you know how the flight and everything went. We were supposed to have a 6 hour layover in Montreal. Say what? 6 hours? Yeah, 6 hours. Our flight was supposed to leave St. John’s around 1:15pm. But of course it was 2 hours delayed. Yup, you read that right. 2 hours. The wee babe did great though. Barely made a peep. Which cute down our time in Montreal considerably. Thank goodness.

The wee babe did AWESOME on the plane. She fell asleep just before we took off and slept for about an hour. Then she giggled and smiled on our descent. I had nothing to be worried about.

We ate in Montreal airport and then waited for the next plane to arrive and whisk us away to Switzerland. It was also delayed by a half hour. I managed to squeeze in a nap and the hubby did some duty free shopping.

Again, the wee babe did great on the assent.

We had reserved the row right at the front of the cheap seats as we were told that there was a bassinet that would hook into the wall for the wee babe to sleep in. BUT of course the bassinet wasn’t in front of us but instead on the outside seats. So there were two seats to the left of the middle row of 3 seats (where we were seated) and two seats to the right. That’s where the bassinets where located. Sigh… So the flight attendants asked the people who were sitting to the left of us if they would exchange with us. No problemo.

The flight was about 7 hours altogether. We slept a little and the wee babe slept in her bassinet. It was great. I can just imagine her on our lap and us falling asleep and her rolling off onto the floor. YIKES!

The descent was again fairly anti-climatic aside from the wee babe biting me for the first time when she was nursing. Youch! And this has continued about 4 more times since. I was reading online about why and what can be done about it. We think she’s getting a 5th and 6th tooth and that might be the cause of it. But for me it SUCKS! I’m already thinking of throwing in the towel on breastfeeding so this isn’t really helping to keep me motivated. Any suggestions on what I can do and if this has happened to others, is welcome.

Let me add in something here. We have oodles and oodles of luggage. 4 suitcases each weighing either just a bit below or above 50 lbs, a car seat, a backpack for everyone except for me, a travel size piece of luggage for me, a camera bag, two purses, a stroller and blankets, toys, a water bottle and a kitchen sink. No kidding, we don’t travel light. Oh and the duty free bag of booze and presents. Wowsers.

My hubby’s dad and neighbour picked us up in 2 cars. We needed two cars for all the stuff! They took us to the house exchange we are doing.

The house exchange is such and amazing idea. So we are living in these people’s house in Bussigny and they are staying at our house for a month. Their house is great. Beautiful patio, nice size kitchen, big master bedroom, good size living room. We are pleasantly surprised to say the least.

The first night we had a wonderful dinner of homemade pizza and salad at the hubby’s parent’s house in the pergola. It was really nice to see them again. And his sister showed up as well. We had a wonderful time, the food was delicious and it was great for them to finally meet their grandbaby face to face (not skype to skype).

We took his sister back to our place so we could catch up a bit more with her. It was too bad that the hubby had a stag to go to the next morning at 6 so he needed to go to bed. But I had a great time catching up with her. She’s might be my belle soeur, but she’s also the best friend I have right now. :)

I’m going to write about our first day full day in Switzerland in a follow up blog. Can you stand the suspense?

Jun 3 2011

Luggage Drama

Ok, so I’m freakin’ out. Just a little. Ok, a lot.

I just went through my entire wardrobe looking at what I need to pack. I’ve decided for the next 27 days I need to live out of a suitcase to see what I use and what I don’t use. And then what I don’t use I don’t bring.

You see, I have WAY too much stuff. I can just see what my husband is going to say when he gets home. It’s not going to be pretty.

Take a look at this photo:

Mine and my husband’s suitcase is on the left. His space is the vacant spot. The other luggage is the wee babe and tweenagers, not yet completed.

These clothes are intended to get us through our trip across Canada. There’s another pile of clothes in a different suitcase that manage to fit into a Bag-To-Go that will be delivered to us in St. John’s. AND then there’s a smaller pile that also fits into a Bag-To-Go that comes to us in October (winter clothes).

So you see, I’ve divvied up everything I have and I still have a monstrous mound of clothes that NEED to come with me.

No option. Absolute MUST.

Ok, well maybe there are a couple of things I can leave behind. I think I have packed about 7 pairs of shorts. And about 7 tank tops. Maybe there’s 6 skirts. But come on, a girl needs a wardrobe!

Me thinks losing weight now is out of the picture. What would happen if I dropped 20 pounds and then half the stuff didn’t fit me anymore? And I had to go out and buy a whole other wardrobe!!?!?!?

Oh the dilemma.

What’s a girl to do.

I just had an idea. Maybe if I talk really nice to my hubby he’ll let me take a second Bag-To-Go to St. Johns.

Then I’ll be set. I think it just might work too.

It doesn’t account for me losing weight but it does account for me being able to bring everything that I want to bring.

MOooooo haaaa haaaaa haaaaaaaaaaaa!