(ABOVE) Cal chewing on my sunglasses during one of our flights.
(BELOW) Cal chewing on his fingers during one of our flights.
(ABOVE) My mom (holding Sophia, my sister‘s baby) and my other sister (holding Cal) in the hotel we stayed in for our first two days.
(ABOVE) Cal with his great uncle, my mom’s youngest brother.
(ABOVE) My mom (L) with her two sisters visiting from Korea. Picture taken near the boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
(ABOVE) Cal and I in front of a palm tree in the parking lot of the boardwalk in Santa Cruz.
I finally plopped into my bed at 2:30 a.m. in the wee hours of Saturday morning after a long (eight days) and memorable trip to California with my Cal. He was as amiable a flying companion as any nine-month-old could be, which is to say, he didn’t enjoy flying much. And neither did I. (Have I mentioned how much I hate flying? I do. I really, really do. I’m a good candidate for sedation–or at least some serious anti-anxiety meds–while flying, but I’m always pregnant/nursing/responsible for the well being of a small dependent. So no sedation, just good old fashioned white knuckled, tooth clenching madness.) The four flights went smoothly and I was calmer than I give myself credit for, but Cal was sick and cranky for the entire trip, getting progressively crankier (now he has bronchitis, poor dear). He was such a darling, all thing considered, and let himself be passed among all sorts of unfamiliar relatives. It was sort of a family reunion, with all of my mom’s living siblings together (there are eight of them, minus Aunt Judy, who passed away a few years back and was terribly missed) for a family wedding and my grandmother’s 80th birthday (celebrated at a Japanese sushi restaurant – so, so amazing, even for this non-fish eater). It was fun watching my cousin get married and being in the Bay Area for the Giant’s big start in the World Series. I missed my children (who were being very well taken care of by my mother-in-law and husband) and husband so very much, and it’s good to be home. Overall, a wonderful trip.