Sunday, January 17, 2010

So it's 3.10am on a Sunday...

We've been back in Ann Arbor since Thursday night although it doesn't quite feel like three days. The days have sort of melted into each other with loads of sleeping (Sophie especially) blurring our nights and days. The little one's actually doing remarkably well considering the circumstances- the flight home was looooong (we calculated, door to door, with two connections, it took us just under 30 hours to get from my parents' in Singapore to our place in AA) but Sophie slept through most of it (in our arms again- she has deemed the bassinet such a thing of the 2000s...). Our daughter was a real trooper, barely crying throughout the flights and was even forgiving enough to let us eat our meals (most of them anyway) fairly successfully (grilled chicken with linguine- good; yakisoba- not). We even managed to watch a couple of movies while she slept soundly (All About Steve-ok; Four Christmases- not so much). She didn't even fuss during our frantic mad dash to make our connection in Atlanta or when we had to wait at the Detroit airport for an hour because Delta had inexplicably put our luggages on THREE separate flights (we only got all our bags on Friday morning...) All in all, I would say Sophie's on her way to being quite the international jet-setter :)

The house is pretty much the same as we left it, albeit tens of degrees colder. Right now, our bags are understandably still unpacked and we only managed to do a grocery run today (while surviving on take-out, frozen food, and believe it or not, black sesame premixed paste the last two days). After tomorrow's trip to Target, and when Sophie starts daycare on Tuesday and we can properly unpack, I think we'll be able to get a better hold over things. It still feels a little odd not having family hovering around us, offering to watch Sophie while we eat or shower or read the papers, having the grandparents coo over her all the time, or the aunts and uncle showering her with their affectionate attention. Remarkably, when we Skyped with my parents and sis today, Sophie seemed to recognize them and was more than happy to smile and squeal at them like she's been doing the past month back in Singapore. I was afraid that something about the computer would get in the way of her remembering them, but nope, she responded to their chuckles and calls as if they were right in front of her. It was really sweet to watch :) We're going to keep the Skyping up just so Sophie will always be aware of family in Singapore- just because we are thousands of miles away geographically doesn't mean she shouldn't always be reminded of how much she's loved back home...

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