18.07.2015 - 25.10.2015
After a month of being back in NZ and finally unpacking everything, Maya and I have only now had a little time to write a quick blog and let everybody know that we are here safe and sound and that we had an amazing time in Colombia and a great trip.
On all of the eight planes we travelled on Maya was exceptionally good. She got her own seat in most of the planes and airline bassinets on the planes with the longest travel times. Unfortunately this trip left us with a long stopover in LA, meaning it was necessary for Maya to sleep in the airport for a few hours, but we managed to survive and had fun there as well. Some wonderful people were very helpful and we created a safe, comfortable little area for Maya to play in, and she is like her parents in that she can sleep anywhere. We found some interesting places in the airport and nearby, and it was exciting to explore with Maya and enjoy the beautiful weather in California.
The thing Maya most enjoyed was the playground in the airport. She made some new friends and had a wonderful time, but she was also the youngest one in the areas, so she had some difficulties keeping up with the other children.
Leaving Colombia is always difficult for me and saying goodbye is very sad. This time I had to leave my gorgeous niece and nephew, and my wonderful family and friends. The last week we were really blessed because we could celebrate the birthdays of my sister and me together like it used to be years ago. Even though I left home one day before my birthday we had a small party and it was a great opportunity to say goodbye to many of the people I love.
My birthday this year was special. It started on a plane on our way to LA and finished on a plane on our way to New Zealand. So I am not sure where in the World I was specifically this day but I remember how for many years my birthdays were always in Colombia, and then after I left to live in London they were there, and then in New Zealand, and two years ago I had my birthday in China, so this year it was in many places as I travelled across half the World. It was made even more special because I was with my little girl who made my day unforgettable, but it was the first birthday without Simon and my family and friends. I missed you all very much.
Simon was really concerned that Maya might have forgotten him, because she didn’t understand the computer screen and only really heard his voice when Simon called and we were talking with her. However he didn’t have to worry because the second she saw him she smiled and wanted him to carry her – it was a really nice moment for the three of us, and as you can imagine I wanted him to carry her straight away because I was absolutely exhausted. The past three days were probably the longest of my life. I cannot describe the happiness on the faces of Maya’s grandparents when they saw Maya at the airport in Wellington and later that day the worry on their faces when they saw how much she is moving and all the things that she can now reach and put in her mouth and swallow. We have found some VERY strange things in her poo - flies, paper, buttons, plastic ‘things’, even peas. Simon prefers not to go looking through Maya’s poo, but I find it interesting to see what she has eaten and not digested.
Our life in New Zealand is returning as normal, just like it was before our long trip. We have developed our routine again with Maya, Simon, and I, although because Maya has grown there are a few things that are different now. She is crawling everywhere fast, and is now standing up holding on to things for balance, and seeing how far she can reach (which is a surprisingly extended distance). We have had to change our decorations, move furniture, hide anything expensive, fragile or dangerous things, and basically try to child-proof our house. May has developed a deep love for electrical sockets, power cables, remote controls, and eating paper. She also enjoys putting her hand prints (and mouth impressions) on glass surfaces like windows, tv screens, mirrors, and all of the assorted Apple products.
Returning to our routine also means we have re-joined the playgroups we went to every week before going to South America. It has been great to see how Maya's friends have grown, and are all now crawling and exploring as well. It seems like all the Mums and Dads are getting fit trying to keep up with their growing kids.
Another chapter in our lives will be starting soon, I will return to work in early November and we are currently looking for day care where Maya can burn some energy and keep some teachers really busy, ha ha ha.
All our love,
Erika, Simon and Maya