We’ve been back in Massacusetts for a few weeks now. I had meant to write a few posts before we made the big move, but between getting organized, packing and saying goodbyes I just simply ran out of time. So even though we’re back in the states, plan on a few more Sydney-related posts over the coming weeks!
The move back went pretty smoothly. The packers and movers were in and out in two days and before we knew it was time to say goodbye to our beautiful apartment with the stunning views. We decided to stay in a hotel the night before the flights since we no longer had anything in our apartment. We had nine suitcases, a car seat and a stroller and it required two trips to transport everything!
The flights went great. I had been kind of worried about how E would do since she’s a toddler now and just wants to run around all the time, but as usual, she impressed me. We had booked a 1pm flight from Sydney to Dallas, which was the latest flight we could get and was, until recently, the longest flight in the world! Our hope was that E would sleep for most of it. Since she had missed her nap, she fell fast asleep before the plane even started taxiing. We were on one of those new, double level planes and I was really impressed with some of the design features. We were on the upper level, and on each side of the plane, next to the window seats, there were these big cubbey-type containers. It was extremely useful for stowing all of E’s books, toys, clothes and blankets.
E had a good nap, but apparently decided that was enough sleep for her because she didn’t sleep for pretty much the rest of the flight. It made for some tired parents, I’ll tell you that!
No sleep for E!
The airport in Dallas was nice–and huge!–and I definitely preferred it to LA. We had to claim all of our bags and clear customs (which was somewhat challenging with the amount of luggage we had!), but luckily there was a super friendly porter who helped us. As soon as we started interacting with people in Dallas, I felt home. To me, Americans are, in general, a friendly bunch. I know a lot of the world views that friendliness as fake, but I really don’t think so. To have people be so nice and helpful at the Dallas airport was, quite honestly, a big difference from what I’d experienced at Sydney arrivals in the past, and even though this sounds silly, it just felt like a weight being lifted–I was almost home.
The adjustment to being back has been pretty good so far. E had absolutely horrendous jet lag that kept her (and thus us) up for most of the night for about a week. It was awful and I was convinced her nights of being a good sleeper were over for good. Luckily she seems almost back to normal, although she is a lot fussier around bedtime these days.
We arrived back in Boston just in time for some very unseasonable May weather. It was absolutely freezing and pouring rain for about a week after we arrived. It definitely took some getting used to for us–Sydney has definitely spoiled us in terms of weather! We had packed assuming it would be nice and warm, so we had to dig through our bags looking for sweaters and socks! I also discovered that my raincoat was apparently packed in the sea container, so I’m hoping it’s a fairly dry few months until I have it back!
Everything we had in storage plus our air shipment are now safely back in our house, which is a crazy mess at the moment. Since our bookshelves, bureaus, etc. are all in a container on a ship at the moment, we’re kind of winging it here. We don’t have places to put a lot of our stuff and our home decorations and furniture consist of a hodgepodge of random things right now. It’s kind of frustrating since we’re back in our house but aren’t really able to feel fully settled until our container arrives.
Besides the weather, one of the biggest adjustments for me has been something that I wasn’t expecting: I keep walking on the wrong side of the sidewalk! I’ve been fine driving, but for some reason I keep walking on the “wrong” side of the sidewalk and have to keep moving so I don’t bump into people. Another adjustment, something I miss, is the coffee! Australian coffee is sooo much better and I miss it so much–although I will say I’m happy to have my iced coffees back!
All in all, it’s great to be back. It’s so nice having my parents close by, being back in our house, and having our cat with us again. The weather is finally beautiful and E and I have been spending a lot of time at the park and the beach, both of which are less than five minute walks from our house, which is fabulous. I’m really looking forward to seeing what our second summer of the year has in store for us!