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I'm sitting on the warm tile floor of the hotel bathroom while Gavin is enjoying his 3rd bath of the day. The Augmentin is doing it's job, well, at least as far as the side effects. Yep, nothing like a little bit of diarrhea to convince Mommy to throw you in the bath. I have to conserve the butt wipes. They're 10.00 a package I was told!  The trip thus far has been different then in the past. Normally, you arrive at your destination. You're jet lagged and sleepy. We usually run around for a few hours then crash hard and then are ready to go for the rest of the trip. This time has been different, more difficult...

We woke up on the 27th at 5:30 am. That's about 4 hours before our flight. It's hard to know how Gavin will be... If he will cooperate with getting dressed, eating, etc.

I gave myself plenty of time, which worked out perfectly. It also left us awake and traveling on 5 hours sleep. Gavy was sleepy at first, then happy as soon as we went through security. I think he saw what I saw... Starbucks! Just makes everyone happy! He ran around like a mad man, running circles around the pillars and laying on the tile floor making invisible angels.. Those are pretty much snow angels... without the snow. 

The flight to Seattle was uneventful. We snuck in a little nap. There was the typical screaming kid on the plane. She was one row behind us. I was glad it wasn't Gavin! I remember being annoyed by the 'screaming kids' parents in the past... A time or two.. When I didn't have my ipod or ear buds :)... Thinking 'why can't you comfort your child, make them happy, bribe them or drug them'.

Lift off
Now, I think I'm slightly more informed on why you may or may not be able to 'control' a one year old. I couldn't control him at 6 days old... I have hope though for 6 years old... Hope is good! Don't burst my hope bubble!

It was interesting watching Gavy look out the window during take off. Sometimes it appears that he can see the world.. and others it seems like he can't see what comes through the front door even though he runs right up to about 4 feet away. He stops and waits for us to speak and then smiles and runs up to us when he knows recognizes our voice. 

The Seattle layover was a quick one, with just enough time to get to our gate, get our boarding passes and get a quick bite to eat. Gavy learned that if he crawls up on the luggage, he gets a free ride to where ever we are going.

Gavin's amazed...
We had the perfects seats for us on the Dubai plane, right in front of the toilet. Yeah, I know it doesn't sound romantic and all, but that meant no one was behind us and we used the space in front of us and behind us to store all Gavy's excessive (but necessary for a 14 hour flight) items. We were hoping for a 4 hour awake/10 hour asleep cycle, but it didn't quite work out that way. I blame it on the stewardess. We were able to hide Gavin on the floor for about 5 hours before one of them walked by stating he cant be on the floor. Really? You want me to wake the one baby on the plane that is not crying? So, up in my lap for the next few hours he went, but because I was constantly uncomfortable and twiching, Im sure that woke him up early.
Seattle Airport
I think he slept for about 7 hour though, so I was happy with that. 

We landed in Dubai at 7 pm local time and cleared customs rather quickly. I had Gavy strapped on the front of me in the ErgoBaby and decided I needed to use the latrine. I didn't want to uspet him by unstrapping him and honestly, I'm a woman and can multitask with the best of them. So, I took him in with me and hit the stall. This wasn't my first go around with him strapped in and needed to 'empty my bladder'. I can do it quite easily by now. I wasn't expecting a squat toilet though. I opened the stall and thought ummm.... I really don't want pee on my pajama pants. So, without TMI.... I declothed to not pee on my pants, reestablished my self, then stepped out of the stall to wash my hands.

14 hour non-stop to Dubai...With a toddler.. of the male variety... EKKK
As I was passing the first few stalls, I looked over and noticed nice shiny white circle bowl thingys on a little pedestal lifting them off the floor... The lady cleaning the bathroom pointed and said 'American toilet'. "Thanks", I said. I can see that. That's really helpful NOW that I've completed the mission. 

We took a taxi to the hotel and got 'upgraded' to their sister hotel. That's nice fancy talk, I think, for 'we are overbooked and we are going to move you to the next hotel' at no additional cost to you of course. That's fine, but waiting 30 mins for a van to come pick us up when we just flew for 20 hours was a bit annoying. We've noticed that the people we have encountered so far are really friendly though. Unlike our experience in Doha, they seem to accept foreign, non-muslim folks in their lives to at least the extend they are friendly and will talk to you.

Had it with Mommy.. He's calling Auntie!
More about that later though.

Gavin was nice enough to let us sleep from about 11:30 pm to ohhh..... about 3:30 am and then he was up and at it. Jumping on the bed, doing all kinds of flips and tricks. So up we were until after breakfast, when finally he decided to nap. We went to the Dubai Mall at noon which boost to be the biggest mall in the world.. with the biggest aquarium... an ice rink.. a hotel.. every store you can think of... every resteraunt you have ever ate at.... It was definetly impressive! One area had a floor about 30 feet long (?) that lit up with all differnent color patterns that were constandly changing. A light show on the floor! This was obviously the local hang out for the 2 year olds who were running/squealing across the floor.

Dubai
. chasing the lights.. running from the lights... jumping over the lights. Gavin made a few friends there.. young and NOT so young. So, there was this cute little Asain 3 year old boy running around and Gavin was staring at him. His mom decided they were best buddies and kept trying to get them to hug. Gavin wasn't having any of that- so she switched to 'skake hands'.... This other cute little 4 year old local girl seemed to have a thing for him and him for  her.. The mom.. obviously Muslim in her dress... got them to scoot in close and and was taking pictures of them with her iPhone. Then, Gavin was running running running and then stopped to rest as I'm trying to catch up with him and this local man scooped down and hugged and kissed him on the cheek! Then walked away.
.. After that, this Italian man got his 2 year old daughter to run over to Gavin and started taking pictures with his oversized Canon....By this time, we decided that it was probably time to go. We headed back to the hotel and got a little shut eye. 

Well, we're overly tired and rambling now... We're adjusting to a 12ish hour time difference with a one year old. We slept until 9 and now we are awake at midnight. We have our alarm set for 4:00 am to catch the 5:30 am bus to the airport. This sleep deprivation doesn't seem to be looking like it is going to improve in the next 24 hours.. oh boy!

We fly in to Mahe Island, Seychelles on Emirates. It's about a 5 hour flight and Gavy has his own seat on this one too. Hopefully, we will adjust to the time zone and get Gavy to allow us to sleep soon! He's being a really good little traveler with only a few fits here and there.

. I have a great picture of one during lunch when I wouldn't allow him to pour my lemonade from one glass to another etc etc.. The locals and tourist here seem to love him as much as we do :) He is feeling better and is just having a little bit of diarrhea and diaper rash due to the abx. We were in the sun for a few minutes today getting to the mall and he did well. We hit the beach tomorrow though, so this will be the true test. 

In closing,

Philippians 4:8... Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of respect, whatever is just, wahtever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if somthing is excellent or praiseworthy, think about these things.

Ben_Tori says:
Thank you!
Posted on: Jan 20, 2013
cicie says:
Nice family..congrats on your featured blog:)
Posted on: Jan 17, 2013
halilee says:
Congrats on your featured blog!! :)
Posted on: Jan 16, 2013
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Bye Bye Anchorage
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