Less than 24

Monday, January 13, 2014
Yep, we are less than 24 hours away from saying goodbye to the great state of Texas. I switched over all of our information to the new address, and it felt very weird. I don't think our feet will touch the ground until we get into the new house and establish (yet again), a new routine. I'm extremely lucky that my husband adapts so much quicker than I do. Even though I'm moving back to my home state, there are still a lot of factors that are going to be very different for me. I'm coming home with a husband, a baby, and a dog. My priorities are family geared; I'm just not the same Leilani that left home three years ago. Speaking of family gears, one of Ava bug's teeth finally cut through. It is so weird to feel an actual tooth when I rub her gums. She's been fussy, and all she wants to do is snuggle her mama, but other than that, everything else is great. It was actually nice having her sleep in my arms (for over two hours) Sunday. I usually lay her down, but instead, I laid my phone down. Sunday was a very relaxing day for the Howlands. Especially with our Broncos heading to the AFC championship game? Oh yeah, Mr. Howland had a fabulous Sunday.

I talked to my mom today, and can I just say I am EXTREMELY excited to see her. When we got off the phone I was able to say okay mom, see you in a couple days.. That was so surreal for me. Aside from my family, I've been connecting with so many friends from back home. It's great to see how distance hasn't really changed the dynamics of my friendships. I plan on spending the next few months getting reacquainted with everyone, and seeing how much their lives have changed while I was away. I really want Ava bug to find comfort around our extended family and friends too. It's going to be so good for her to be around other people, and other babies.

I was able to check in for our flight via online, and I found out where we are being seated. The seats aren't too shabby, and on the second flight we are being put in the main cabinet, which apparently has a little more leg room than other seating areas. Justin is getting a gate pass so he can see us off, and help me through security with Bug and all of our things. I'm really emotional thinking about how we are going to be spending some time apart. I guess things aren't so bad. We will see him the day we leave, and the day he arrives is shortly after. We are looking at one full day of not having daddy around. I know deployment has been over for awhile, but whenever it comes to distance, my mind reverts back to us being apart for so long.

I think I'm going to post a little video on our airplane experience, along with a post on travels with an (almost) eight month old. Since this will be my first time traveling via plane with Ava, I asked almost everyone with babies (including the airlines) what I needed to do/know. I think it'd be helpful to find all that information in one place, so definitely look out for that. Alright all, I am off. We've got to finish packing up the car, and spending time together before our big day tomorrow. Prayers are always appreciated too! Lord knows I have knots in my stomach thinking about this plane trip.

♥- Leilani

1 comment :

  1. Definitely looking forward to reading that helpful post about flying with a baby as I will be doing so myself at the closing of this week.