Thursday, October 28, 2010
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
Yesterday and the day before were our outings from the valley where M's mom lives and into the city of Capetown. Our first stop was Kerstenbosch gardens where we met up with an old school friend of M's and his family. We had a wonderful time doing lunch and wandering the acres upon acres of flower s, trees, and artwork. Delphinium was especially happy due to her passionate love of trees. I could visit the gardens weekly and never be bored.
The next stop was the suburb of Simon's Town. We stayed in a sun-washed guest house with the most impressive view of the bay and the navy yards. At one point we heard the boom of a ships horn, and the battleship glided out to sea. We kept trying to drink up the sun and the setting as much as possible. After one night there, we set off for more sights.
Still in Simon's Town we headed down to one special beach where we could view the penguins. Yes, yes, there are penguins in South Africa. Jack Ass Penguins enjoy the warm water, and many of them come to the sunny beach to molt and breed. They are very sweet in their black and white suits, but the smell is a bit like a hen house.
Lastly, we drove the winding road to the Cape Point Reserve. This is the point where the Indian and Atlantic ocean currents meet. The point itself is a startling piece of rock jutting up out of the surrounding water. A classic lighthouse perches on the edge, and visitors can take the "Funicular" tram up to the highest point. The views were quite startling. It certainly didn't hurt that the sky was brilliant blue, and the cormerants were screaming over head. A good time was had by all.
Saturday, October 16, 2010
Please pardon the mistakes. I'm typing this on a trying computer.
What a long strange trip it's been. However, it's really been a very good one. We left Seattle on Sunday afternoon, flew for nine hours to Amsterdam, and then took a twelve hour flight to Cape Town. During the entire trip, Delphinium barely cried at all. When getting on each of the planes, you could see the people around us staring and glaring at being seated near a baby. By the end, we were getting compliments about what a good passenger she was. I was completely floored. The air part of this trip has been worrying me for months, and it was no problem at all. She ate, slept, played, and charmed others and did not really cry at all. May it please continue on our flight home.
We've been at M's mom's house for several days now, and the time change is what is really effecting us. The first "night" the baby did not want to go to sleep at all, and then when she did, she was up again four hours later. From 4am on, we drank tea and played with her. Now, a few more days in, she is still struggling to adjust. We're a bit tired, but otherwise doing just fine.
As far as activities, we've been taking it pretty easy. We've had some very nice meals out, and we got the chance to visit a vineyard and goat dairy the other day. We tried about ten different kinds of cheese as well as olives, candied fruit, salads, and crusty bread. Mmmmm. Aside from the beautiful formal garden, they also had an impressive veggie patch including a scarecrow dressed in world cup finery. In many ways it doesn't feel very different here, but then you notice the springbok in among the goats.
Friday, October 08, 2010
Packing is another challenge. I've accepted that we will not be going lightly now that we have the baby, but I'm still trying not to let it get too ridiculous. M bought us two new hard-sided suitcases, so we have plenty of space, but the trick is not to exceed the weight limit. Fortunately, we have access to a washer once we get there, so we don't have to pack too crazy much. The part that's most confusing me is packing for the baby.
What does a baby really need for a long trip? We use so many different toys, swings, bouncers, strollers, rockers, cribs, etc. during the course of our day that I can't quite imagine not having them. However, we can't take it all, so we'll just have to make do. I'm also trying to figure out which things need to come in our carry-on for the actual plane flight. The only thing I'm sure of right now is the need for lots of diapers and changes of clothes. If you've flown with an infant before, feel free to leave me your advice.
Wednesday, October 06, 2010
At five months old, Delphinium is working on many of the same skills she started on last month:
-she can really control and coordinate her movements now, so reaching and grabbing is far more successful
-she shows preferences for certain toys such as Green Bunny, raspberry binkies, Gerald the Giraffe, and Miss Mousey
-she can now actively throw away toys she no longer wants
-she can roll over but mostly chooses not too
-she loves to do situps which consists of pulling her head and shoulder and feet and legs off the ground in an attempt to sit up
-she loves to put her feet up in the air and sometimes grab them with her hands, and shoes quickly become chew toys
-she's still drooling waterfalls, but no teeth in sight
-she turns to the sound of her name, and will happily chat with you through long conversations
-she loves to read stories such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, I am a Bunny, and Great Day for Up
-she sleeps through the night very well, but does not like to nap during the day
-she NO LONGER hates the stroller! Woot!
-she NO LONGER hates the carseat! (unless she's really tired)
she is about to become a world traveler, so wish us luck!