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Life back in the US

April 6, 2012

We’ve been back in the US for 2.5 weeks now. It seems like longer ago that we flew into Chicago.

Grandpa Jim and D push our luggage at O'Hare

We were able to leave some luggage in Solomons, so this is all of the luggage we brought home. Except the jog stroller was delayed again, so it didn’t show up until the next day.

our luggage, minus the stroller

It’s taken us a little longer to adjust back here than I had expected. The first week we were home, we took naps and woke up at strange times during the night. We’d heard that the time change is harder to get used to coming this direction, and that was certainly true for us. Add to that lots of emotions surrounding my grandma’s visitation and funeral, the painkillers for my broken elbow, and being back where everything is familiar yet felt new, and the first week was pretty overwhelming. It took little D longer to adjust to the time change than it did either of us. Thankfully his grandparents helped some with the adjustment.

Grandpa Jim and D deserve naps

This week has been easier. We’re mostly settled in at my parents’ house. We’ve been catching up on e-mail, mail, bills, and other paperwork. We finally have everything from our luggage out of the dining room where it landed when we got home from the airport. I got my splint off yesterday, and I’m very thankful to have use of my dominant arm again.

Enjoying the tulips in Pella

It’s been unusually warm and beautiful weather here, though it’s still cold enough that I haven’t had to sweat since we’ve been back. We’re establishing a little bit of a routine, which has included several evening  walks in a nearby park with my parents. and of course we’ve really been enjoying my mom’s cooking. We don’t have nearly as much to get ready for this baby as we did for Little D, but I’ve made a baby-related to-do list and have started packing my hospital bag.

D and Grandma C watch an airplane

Things we have noticed since coming back here:

  • Going to Target and the grocery store felt like product overload. There were about 12 different candy thermometers to choose from for my friend’s bridal shower!
  • Cars drive fast and the roads are smooth. John keeps accidentally hitting the windshield wipers instead of the turn signal because people drive on the left side of the road in Solomons, so the gearshift and other controls are switched.
  • We don’t have to put as much effort into everyday things like greeting people politely. We pretty much know what to expect, know the right things to say in social settings, and know how other people will probably behave.
  • D doesn’t get nearly as sweaty playing outdoors all day here, but he does get just as dirty.


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  1. April 10, 2012 1:59 am

    Oh, Lori, you made me smile at the differences between the Solomons and the US. Especially the part about cars driving fast and the roads being smooth – true! We’re looking forward to having your sweet family back in the Solomons 🙂

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