I'd be lying if I said these past few weeks haven't been extremely challenging for our little family. We are living in a teeny tiny hotel, living out of suitcases, without routines and our usual toys and books. We can't park our car since we're in the city and there's limited parking, so we're a little bit stranded up in our hotel room. We try to go for walks around the city every day, but when it rains, there's not much we can do other than sit and try not to drive each other crazy.
Riley has been a little bit hard work. To be honest, I don't totally blame her. Her world has pretty much been turned upside down the last month- she's watched me sell or box up or give away all her furniture and toys. She's moved out of her bed and into ours (which, she actually loves). We've moved out of our house, into her grandparents' house, out of their house and into a hotel, and now we're about to move out of the hotel and then head to a new country! That is a LOT for a 2 year old to deal with.
So, there have been tantrums. A lot more than normal. And a lot louder than normal. We've had to leave public places a few times as a result of unacceptable behavior while out in public. Privileges have been taken away. Parents have been frustrated.
And the little guy? He's not quite as aware of the big changes that are happening (and coming in the near future), but he definitely knows something is up. Every time we move his sleep gets a little disrupted, he's a little more on edge. And when we're stuck inside this hotel all day on rainy days, you can tell he is just totally BORED. As soon as the sun comes out and we can get out, he's back to his normal happy self.
But his night time sleep? Still pretty shocking, which is absolutely exhausting for the entire family. He wakes up many many many times every night. The LONGEST stretch of sleep we get out of his is maybe 2.5 hours on a good night. But we haven't really made any steps to improve his night time sleep lately since we keep moving from place to place, and we're about to majorly switch time zones, so we'll deal with it once we get settled in to the US.
The cool thing about living in the city is all the stuff that's literally right at your fingertips. Mark found this gem of an indoor playground the other day while I was at a photo shoot, and he was the only one there when I got there! Jackson was just chilling on this bean bag mountain when I arrived.
Not sure who had more fun... Riley or Mark... :)
This little contraption was Riley heaven. She loves planking between things- like the couch and coffee table, or between chairs, or basically anywhere she can... so she was in heaven climbing on all these bars.
And lastly, a little peak into what I've been up to in my business life lately. :)