Date: jan 10th 2014
Occassion: Grandads unveiling and family holiday
On the 8th of Jan, we had dinner at my inlaws as a goodbye for us. My brother Badi had arrived the day before so it was nice to have him there aswell. On our way home after dinner, baby’s head felt a little warm than before but didn’t think more of it. As we got home I felt she was too warm so I quickly
took her clothes off and lay her down to sleep in her cot. About 30min later, she woke up with a loud cry so I went in and as I went to pick her up, I noticed that she was still on all 4s which was unusual, and secondly as I picked her up and cuddled her, she seemed a bit stiff and still unsettled. I sat on the couch and tried to settle her but she just wouldn’t and then I noticed her shivering. I quickly covered her and called nav. Her temperature was also rising so I checked her temp and it was almost 39deg Celsius. I was getting worried so after about 30min of contemplating and monitoring her, we rushed her to emergency where they checked her temperature and by now it was 40deg!! It then took us 20min or so to find the children’s hospital emergency!! Was scary walking trough an empty hospital on our own – creepy
After finding the place and running some tests on her, they found out she had an ear infection and was told she couldn’t fly on Friday! Great timing, but maybe there’s a good reason?
We were at the hospital for about 3hours – we got home at about 3:20am!!! Aaliyah was fast asleep and we were exhausted. That night she slept with us so we could monitor her.
The next morning we broke the news to Badi, and then told everyone else. My dad said that they’ll go ahead with my grandads unveiling anyway which was on Saturday. (Had no idea it was on Saturday).
I called my Pa in Nz and spoke to him about what had happened with Aaliyah and our trip. He was disappointed with us going there in the first place for the unveiling “it’s not like he will be there to say Thank you”, but after I explained that we wanted to go for nav and baby aswell, he was relieved.
Unfortunately Nav had to work on Friday and Saturday but was off on Sunday before we flew on Monday. Badi had left on Friday which was sad coz I really wanted to go as a family!
On the Monday morning, we woke at about 6:30am and started getting ready. However we were out of the house later than intended at 8:10am. Our flight was at 11:30 so checkin about 3hours before. We drove to my inlaws and quickly said our goodbyes. James dropped us off to the airport. We had breakfast from hungry jacks and soon checked in! Can’t believe I was final going home!!
The trip there with baby was ok, she behaved well. Nav had to change her a couple times on the plane. When we arrived (almost on time), stepping out, we could feel the heat already (12:20am!!) the airport was bigger yet still small lol took a few pictures in front of the airport and then went in. I thought there’d be aircon atleast? But nope, tight asses used a fan that blew warm air onto us. Took a couple minutes to get through, but spotted Marie and the family outside waving at us! We got our luggage and as we walked out, saw uncle Itiao and his camera haha. We were greeted by ei’s and lots of hugs! Even baby got an ei too Dad wanted to hold baby but she was scared of him… And everyone else there. Driving home, I noticed things looked a bit the same except the plants and bushes had grown taller and not been hedged!
We got home and settled in and stayed up to talk a bit. Then everyone went off to sleep while we tried too although it was sooooooo hot and we were sweaty by now!
Some of the events:
*Going around the island with Badi and Itiao
*Driving the bike – funny seeing nav drive it lol
*Palace takeaway burger – over exaggerated burger
*Seeing mrs Napa – my preschool teacher
*mosquitos!!!!!! I counted 50 bites on my left leg
*jan 15th our 2nd year anniversary – baby came and was very unsettled the whole time. They both got food poisoning from the restaurant windjammer so they threw up at night
*rarotongan resort – stayed there for 2days. The aircon was the best part! Food was soo expensive and no island night :/ gay!!!
* beach – loved the beach but didn’t get to see a proper sunset due to clouds.
*missed our flight!!! Read our itinerary wrong we were supposed to leave the same day as my sis lol I was on the phone for 2hours trying to sort out our tickets! We only paid the difference about $200-$240 each
Overall, the trip was a real eye opener for me…. How we rely on technology soo much that we forget the simple communication we can have with each other. How life here is more crazy and material. How my dad has changed in a way and that he works very hard! We need to be more outdoors than indoors… Especially for baby. That I need to visit home more often and to also think about my future.
Being back home…. I’m still getting tired by 9pm-10pm. Nav is back to his old habits of being on his phone all the time, and I’m back to “trying to keep the house clean!” But doesn’t last long with 2kids in the house!!! I miss Raro but hope that one day we can build something there and show my dad that all his work isn’t for nothing.