Our last few days in Ohio flew by. We had a lot to do including, shopping,
Catching up with old friends,
(I used to babysit for this guy below and his brother when he was Jude’s age!)
Bugging Grandpa at work,
And watching Sesame Street,
Our last night we all went out to dinner at our favorite pizza spot.
Jude was more interested in the desserts than the pizza.
We took the opportunity to take a pregnant sisters pic.
And one with all three sisters plus Mom.
Natalie helped out with Jude’s last bath,
And very early in the morning we said goodbye to Natalie at the airport as she made her way back to Seattle.
Mom, Dad, Jude and I got on a plane headed to San Francisco. Mom and Dad kindly decided to help me fly there with Jude, and also stay the weekend in San Fran (since it happened to be there wedding anniversary anyhow).
At SFO we tried to keep Jude from straying too far away by strapping on his monkey backpack (complete with a monkey tail leash).
He was a little out of control on the leash so we opted for the stroller instead.
Jude and I had several hours before our next flight and Mom and Dad stayed with us and kept us company. SFO is a blessing to parents traveling with children. There are several play spaces throughout the airport. The one below called ‘Spirogyate’ had these cool black and white disks that would spin around and light up in different colors. Kids were going crazy over these things!
Another one we found had a cool caterpillar tunnel and other fun weather-related exhibitions.
Jude also enjoyed watching the planes,
And just hanging out with Grandma and Grandpa.
Before we knew it, it was time to say goodbye. As always, time goes way too fast!
Jude and I boarded our 13 hour flight to Taipei. With our flight over fresh in my mind, I was very, very nervous about this one!
This one turned out to be way better! It still wasn’t great, Jude definitely had a lot of crazy toddler moments, but this time he actually got more than one hour of sleep – in fact, he got close to 6 hours! The big difference this flight was having an empty seat next to us and sitting in a row, rather than in the bulkhead seats. Jude could not get out and race up and down the aisles so easily.
We were also extremely lucky to have a nice woman next to us who was happy to let Jude sit on her lap and look out the window.
I get tired just thinking about flying with a toddler – it’s not easy! We had a great time away, back in the States with family, but it is great to be home again with Dada.