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Back From Thanksgiving
I suppose I should write a big long post about Margaret's first Thanksgiving and our trip out to Utah to see her brand new cousin, but I don't really have time. It was a good trip overall, and I enjoyed it. George's older son, the four year old, was fun to play with. He is now the proud owner of a Stratego set at my prompting. My role in his corruption is now secure. The three-week-old was mostly tiny. Comparing his stats revealed that at some point Margaret was indeed that small, but it seemed hard to believe. They grow so fast, but the change is still gradual.

As expected the travel portion of the trip was the least enjoyable. On the way out the nice lady at check-in moved us to a direct flight for a mere $50 each. It was money well spent. Even so, the flight had it's moments. Margaret had been saving up her poop all day and released it as we were heading to the runway for takeoff. The result were impressive and involved some containment failure. Airplane lavatories do not have changing tables, and babies who have just pooped massively can't wait for the end of a five hour flight. It was not a fun change, but at least I had remembered to put large ziploc bags in the diaper bag so that I could store the poopy clothes without spreading poop everywhere. The trip back we did not get a chance to change to a direct flight, and our connection in NY was delayed two hours. Margaret did some screaming, but I felt absolutely zero guilt about it. Truth to be told, I might have done some screaming if I thought I could get away with it.

The guidelines for the Au Pair program state that you should take your Au Pair with you on all family vacations, and that in general you should treat her as part of the family. We took Jomkwan with us, and I am very glad that we did. She had a good time, and there were certainly times when having an extra adult was very handy. I have gotten the vague impression that not all the families take their Au Pair with them, and that perhaps some people thought it was weird that we were traveling with the Au Pair. Personally, I really like the concept that Jomkwan is part of the family while she is here; if she thinks of herself that way she is likely to take better care of Margaret than she might otherwise. I really like it that Margaret always seems to be happy to see Jomkwan, it makes going to work easier for me. Maybe some people thought I was being posh or something to have my nanny along, but the thing is that for me an Au Pair isn't quite the same thing as a nanny, and having her along for the family gathering was part of that difference.
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enugent From: enugent Date: November 30th, 2008 06:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Many airplane lavatories do have changing tables - always ask the flight attendant (sometimes it's just one of the lavatories on the plane, and some do have none). Howard had massive poops on the descent into Oakland and the ascent back out, too - must be something about the pressure change.

Happy Thanksgiving!
countertorque From: countertorque Date: December 1st, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
The "dirty bag" is a standard item in our diaper bag. But, we started with cloth diapers, so back then it wasn't optional.

Now that we're in the toddler stage we've found that having a lay over is a benefit on a cross country flight. It allows the kid to burn off some energy and lets my wife and I destress a little bit. It's also nice to get a chance to reload on snacks and distractions.
greyautumnrain From: greyautumnrain Date: December 2nd, 2008 03:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Sadly our layover was in NY, which doesn't so much break up a flight to Utah as add bonus extra travel time.
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