On November 5th 2012, my wife gave birth to our first child. During the pregnancy I decided that I would write about the experience. Every week since I have documented all of the events that took place throughout this time, along with my thoughts on them. Now that I can confirm that our baby is happy and healthy, I will share those thoughts with you.
Week 22 – Taking the Kid to Finland
After much debate and discussion over money and other things, we decided last minute to go to Finland for Jess’ brothers wedding. Normally this would have been a no brainer, but with Jess getting bigger and money getting tighter, flying seven hours to Europe to sleep on tiny beds and eating food she isn’t accustomed to for a week made it a little less than enticing. Regardless of that we bought our tickets and off we went. Did I mention we are traveling with my mother-in-law? No? Well yeah she’s coming too.
Another wrench in the machine is the fact that Jess hates flying. I’m talking anxious about every odd noise and feeling she gets. This paranoia gets turned up to eleven with a baby on board. So we needed a little assistance. Armed with a couple of Xanax pills given to us by our doctor to handle the flight, we took off with no problem. There is little wrong with taking things like this, as long as they are done in moderation. Whatever she takes, the kid takes as well, so our little guy must have been high as a kite for the flight. He didn’t start rumbling around until the midpoint of our trip there. The funny part was that the mother-in-law, just as paranoid and not a fan of screaming babies on planes, was in the aisle next to us right beside a couple of children. Classic. Truth be told the whole plane was loaded with kids. Most of them were very good but the ones that weren’t were REALLY bad. Just screaming for hours. Nice reminder of what to expect if and when we decide to go on our first family trip.
The other side note of flying with Jess is the bathroom. She has never used to bathroom on an airplane. She is disgusted by the idea of them and dead set against it. However now she is pregnant and her bladder controls all. I figured this would surely be the end of her streak. I was wrong. The Xanex knocked her out long enough to take a significant amount of the flight out of the way. The meal and a movie distracted her further. By the time she had to go we were only an hour or two from landing, so she decided to just hold it in until we landed. The little minx did it.
The wedding and being in Finland was mostly fine. The beds are very thin and that definitely took a toll on her by the time we left. She was very achy from head to toe. She also had a hard time sleeping with no air conditioner. We have the bedroom set up as her personal igloo when she sleeps, so having limited windows and nothing more than a ceiling fan man things pretty uncomfortable. Did I mention we shared a small space with my mother-in-law? I didn’t? Well yeah she was crammed in there too. To be fair she did far more to drive Jess crazy than it did me. We almost had an international incident.
On the way back home Jess puts down another Xanex and Jess’ mom is once again next to two children (one under a year old), with another two kids in the row in front of her. You can’t make this stuff up. Fortunately for her the kid next to her was probably the cutest little girl you could have had next to you. For almost the entire flight I watched my mother-in-law help this girl with her food, play games and talk to her like she was her Grandmother. Made me think of how she’ll do the same for our son and how great it will be to have so many grandparents and great grandparents around to help us. Jess, despite feeling like she might get sick, avoided the bathroom again, and we were back home in time for me to see The Dark Knight Rises at midnight. Boo ya!