Welcome to our life!

Hi, I'm Allison! I'm a thirtysomething, freshly baked, stay-at-home mom. I'm originally from Connecticut, now living in Germany, hence the name of the blog. I live in southern Germany with my German husband and our baby boy. Life has turned out to be nothing I ever expected, and am so incredibly happy with it! We certainly do have a lot of laughs! I hope you will enjoy following our new experiences raising a little half American/ half German in a little German town.

Mittwoch, 25. April 2012

At least we tried!

Now that Ryan is a little older, its time to get him out of the house.  I want Ryan to start having experiences, and to know that the world is more than just our living room.
In an attempt to get Ryan out, I looked into the International Women's Club of Stuttgart, knowing that they have a playgroup.  Doing something like this is really out of my comfort zone.  I contacted the coordinator of the playgroup and got everything set up so that Ryan and I could attend today's playgroup.
I have to admit, by the time this morning rolled around, I was pretty excited.  I can't wait to meet some other moms and to show Ryan other kids. 
We left at 9:20 to be at the home of the woman who runs the playgroup by 10:00.  We got there a little after 10:00.  Everything looked great- until she greeted me at the door and told me that the group was cancelled because her children were sick.
We have to wait now until May 11th, when they are meeting in a department store in downtown Stuttgart. 
Boo Hoo.
At least I tried!

Mittwoch, 18. April 2012

Preparing for a trip home

We booked our tickets for the States last week.  Ryan is going to Connecticut for the first time, on the outside, in June! 
One thing I've noticed already is that traveling with an infant is vastly different to our normal experiences in travel.  We decided to fly from Stuttgart, and change planes in Frankfurt.  We did this because we felt like the ride to Frankfurt at 4:30 am would be really stressful for all of us.  We used to wake up at 4:15 to leave by 4:30.  If we had to leave at 4:30 am now, I would probably not sleep the night before, mostly out of fear of waking up our little demon at 3:00.  It takes so long to get the baby out the door.  There is a diaper change, get dressed time.  And, I can't just throw Ryan down on the changing table, there is a lot of tickling and laughing involved, to coax out his good mood :)  Then, there is run to the diaper bag and run around and grab any last-minute toys that might be necessary.  I have a feeling that I'll need to pack the diaper bag at least a day in advance, and not my typical at midnight the night before. 

We're also flying out in the afternoon, just to make our lives signficantly easier :)

We're not bringing very much, because, well, there will be gifts and shopping galore.  But, we need to bring 30 bags of formula, I'm only slightly over-estimating, he goes through about one bag a day.  I thought about buying bottles at home, but Ryan will probably go through quite a few bottles on the plane, since, knowing Ryan, he'll have a few sips from a bottle here and there, and I don't see how I can wash his bottles between uses.  I'm also planning on using a special diaper called an All-in-2, or Ai2, that is like a cover with changeable inserts.  The brand I have, Flip, has disposable inserts.  I have 2 covers for the trip, and I have to buy some inserts.  I also need to remember to pack a tiny bottle filled with vinegar, so I can make a vinegar/ water solution for a quick spray-out of the cover during diaper changes. 

I'm busy preparing a list of items to ask my stepmom to pick up in preparation.  I always used to go by the rule, "all I really need is a passport, toothbrush, and a change of underwear."  Not quite the case anymore, and my cloth diapering only makes it worse.  We need baby wash, baby oil, butt cream, and diaper inserts.  We need nursery water, because our little forumla guy uses nursery water here.  We need a place to change diapers, and of course, we need some kind of bed situation.  We co-sleep here, but I'm not sure we should co-sleep at home, unless we buy a king-sized bed. 

Then, there is the stroller issue.  What stroller do we bring?  Do we bring one? 

And the car seat.  Do we buy a convertible car seat, or do we borrow someone's infant car seat? 

In February, as we trudged to the embassy, it felt like once we got Ryan's both passports, the trip home would be an easy one.  Ha! 

But, I am so very excited for Ryan to meet his family in person, especially his grandpa.  It will probably be one of my most exciting trips home!