If we make it through these next few days I think it's going to be a miracle!
First of all, I got a call yesterday from the place I booked our hotel at and apparently the hotel is full. It's the hotel we REALLY wanted to stay in, so I was bummed about that. So I started looking for other hotels and I swear every hotel in the entire city of Seoul is booked next week! I was really starting to panic. Then the reservations place I used called back and said that they had a cancellation at the hotel we liked, but it's only for the last four nights of the trip. So they're trying to get us booked at one hotel for the first half of the trip and the origional hotel we wanted for the second half. Because this is Chusok weekend in Korea right now he was having a hard time getting any good answers for me, so he's going to call me back on Monday.
So as of now we're not really sure if we have a hotel to stay in next week, which adds all sorts of excitement to my life.
This morning we woke up and made a gigantic list of things that need to be done before we leave town on Wednesday and it included a bunch of shopping that needs to be done before we go, so we packed up the kids and headed out to run errands. Today is the first day in about a week that I've been out of the house or even moved around much. I've been so horribly sick this past week that I've pretty much just been in bed. I still don't feel great but I really don't have any more time to be sick, so I'm forcing myself to start moving. We made it to the mall and I bought two things on my list before I had to go sit down. I feel crappy. My cough is getting better, but I still have leftover cold symptoms. My head is still stuffy, I can't really hear very well, my appetite still isn't back (I've lost about 8 pounds in the past week, woohoo.) and I still just feel really weak.
So then as we we were sitting on the bench Matthew announced that he doesn't feel very good. I looked at him and he really didn't look very good. Faaabulous. So we gave up and came home. Matthew went and laid down on the couch and was asleep five minutes later. That's really unlike Matthew. He doesn't take a nap during the day like that unless he's sick. I'm concerned that maybe he's got the beginnings of the same thing I've had all week and I'm super stressed out about that. We have to leave town on Wednesday, sick kids or not. I don't really know what to do. A friend of ours is watching the boys for the first half of the trip and then my mom is watching them for the second half. I really don't want to drop sick kids off at my friends house on Wednesday and I don't want to leave Matthew if he's sick.
So basically what we have here today is a huge to do list full of things I don't feel well enough to do, a child who is getting sick and I'm not sure if we're going to have a place to sleep when we get to Korea. This is shaping up to be quite an adventure, isn't it?
Ok, so now that I've complained about all of that, I do have some fun news! We got a well baby checkup report for Clarissa in the mail today! YAY! :) We haven't gotten one in a while, so we were really excited. At 7 months old Clarissa weighs 22 pounds!! She's such a chunk, lol! She still has two teeth, she can sit unsassisted for short periods, she is starting to scoot like she's thinking about crawling, she can play peek-a-boo and the report says that she can say mama and dada, but I think that's translated, because I heard (from a source that we're still not discussing, lol) that she actually says omma and appa, which is Korean for mom and dad. Super cute and exciting either way!
So she's developmentally on track, she's healthy and she's ready to come home!! YAY! :) I can hardly believe that a week from now we're going to be in Korea kissing those sweet cheeks in person. I may be completely stresssed out right now, but I'll muddle through all of it if it means that we finally get to meet our sweet Clarissa. I might be sleeping on a bench in the subway next week, but it will be worth it, lol.
By the way, if you haven't read the post below this one, make sure you do. It's about my plans for posting photos of Clarissa while we're in Korea. THE PASSWORD IS CLARISSA! :)
Wendy-if you need it I have an American friend in Korea who I am sure would let you stay with them (their house is huge so plenty of space.) I'm sure my in-laws would let you stay with them too, but their apartment is tiny :P There are also Korean traditional hotels where there is usually space but you have to know about them since they aren't be online. I can have my husband call his family and I'm sure they could find you one if you still need something after Monday (although I'm sure your friend could help you out with that too.) Actually, if you are really in a pinch, saunas are open 24 hours in Korea (slightly different from our saunas here, obviously.) So, I guess my point is just not to stress out-there will definitely be somewhere for you to stay. If you need help, email me or let me know on BHB. I am so excited for you!
Just breath all will work out! Im so excited for you! I can not wait to see her sweet little face! I hope everyone gets healthy and STAYS healthy! Make sure you guys get some blessings for health and safety calmness and all that good stuff!
Do you want me to paypal you some $$ before you go for whatever you find for Malia??
YEAH SOOO CLOSE!!
Hang in there! As you say, it's all just part of the adventure!
I hope that Matthew feels better soon - and you too!!
I am sure it will all work out. As stressful and crazy that it may seem now, it will all be worth it once you set your eyes on your beautiful daughter. I am praying that everything gets lined up, you have a place to stay AND that your flights are not too hard on you. This is going to sounds nuts, but take some bennedryl or an antil sea sick medication (like meclazine) it will help out. I am totally scared of flying and the meclazine takes out the jumpiness when the plane turns or has bumps. It also helps me sleep cause normally I can't sleep in planes.
You all are and have been in our prayers. HUGS
Hope you're all feeling better before Wednesday! I am so hoping our kids don't get sick when it's time for us to go!
I can't wait to read/see all the details of your trip. Have a wonderful time!!!
I'm thinking of you and your family today. I hope everyone is feeling better.
And I can't wait to see a picture of you and Clarissa together!!!!
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