Travel-Stained Monthly Recap: October 2015
I had to laugh to myself a little, when I re-read what I wrote in the intro to September’s Monthly Recap. 34 weeks pregnant and naively thinking that I still had 6 weeks of restful nights ahead of me. Yeah, right! Because our little Naia was prematurely born exactly 2 days after I published that post.
Since then, while I’ve been indoors, taking a crash course in unexpected early motherhood, autumn in Seoul seems to have come and almost gone. Trees that were almost uniformly green, pre-baby, have morphed into a riot of vivid reds, yellows and oranges, almost as if by magic.
This year’s autumn doesn’t feel as long or beautiful as it has in the past, with several days of truly horrid air polluting the usually crystal clear blue skies I remember from years past. I hope this isn’t a harbinger of things to come. 😦
Unsurprisingly, this month was completely devoid of any exploration on our part…unless you count trips to the hospital for follow-up appointments, or to the store for diapers as travel? 🙂
No, for us, October has been all about the internal journey. Traveling the distance from couple to family has been exciting, rewarding, challenging and totally exhausting…and we’re just getting started!
The amount of chaos a tiny little 2.5kg person can create in your life is beyond unbelievable, but somehow we all made it through the first month intact. We literally had NOTHING prepared for the new little person in our house, so much of the month was spent scrambling to buy everything we needed.
Fortunately, Korea must be one of the most convenient places in the world to online shop. Before month’s end, we’d ordered and received a crib, bumper bed, stroller, car seat, baby bottles, bibs and more, all without leaving the comfort of our couch. And received most items within a day or two of placing our order.
Aside from the little monster, our house has been a little busier than usual because my parents flew into town to meet their newest grandchild. It’s no lie that having your own child, makes you appreciate your own parents more. Well…at least it’s been that way for me. But then again, maybe I just appreciate all the home-cooked food and diaper changes my mom has been doing for me. :p
Koreans seem to have all kinds of “rules” for nursing mothers and newborns, including eating miyukguk (a seaweed soup rich in iodine) everyday, and not having visitors for at least 21 days (apparently the “safe” time allowed). Of course, we didn’t really follow the “rules” with our expat friends, but not a single one of my Korean extended family graced my doorstep, until after the 21 days were up. Of course, since then, it’s been a never-ending parade of relatives, gifts, and parenting advice (wanted or not)…
OCTOBER ON THE BLOG
October wasn’t a great month for posting, but I think we had a pretty good reason. 😉 Despite that, we still managed to get a few blogs up, including a letter to Naia, that I hope she’ll read one day in the future, and the 3rd in our Take 6 Trips in Korea series.
It’s not that I would change anything about our lives right now (except for perhaps a little more sleep), but there’s definitely a sense of restriction that comes with becoming parents for the first time. Where I once had hours to slowly write and edit a blog post, now I’m lucky if I have time to drink a single cup of coffee in one sitting.
It makes me miss the not-so-distant days of total freedom I used to enjoy. Right now, a long trip feels out of the question, so I’m reminiscing a little about our trip around the world in 2012, when the biggest decisions we had to make were what we were going to see, or which local food we were going to try out.
In 2012, we managed to visit 5 of the 7 New Wonders of the World. Our retrospective on Our Year of World Wonders, feels like a dream…and it’s the post I’m recommending this month.
COMING UP IN NOVEMBER
Where was hubby when my water broke? In a bar, drinking and thinking about his last days as a free man, completely unaware of the drama happening at the hospital. Thank goodness he was conscious enough to answer his phone the next morning. This month, if we’re lucky, we’ll get his version of a “Dear Naia,” post.
And if I’m really lucky, I’ll manage to write all those travel-related posts I’ve been planning to write for so long…(meaning this isn’t going to turn into a baby blog if I can help it…) 😉
Did you get out and about to see the changing of the leaves in your city? What did you get up to in October?