This week the excitement has been almost unbearable in my house. In a little over a week we travel to the land of the free and home of the brave. Adlai will breathe the air of his (other) home country for the first time. As much as we are excited over here I know through the increased number of pokes and messages on my facebook page that the family and friends from the other side of the pond are even more eagerly awaiting our (but especially Adlai’s) arrival.
Adlai has been preparing for his homecoming by wearing a cowboys and Indians bib. They have actual cowboys over there; it’s quite the experience for any Englishman. I’ve been helping him with his American drawl. He has perfected the drawl part, but the American bit still needs a little work. We’ve been brushing up on sensitive ways to answer awkward 4th of July related questions and discussing the differences between English and American ‘pants’.
Perhaps not surprisingly with all the pre-holiday excitement, Adlai is less keen than ever to go to sleep. From looking (mostly at the covers) of countless books it seems that there are approximately a million different techniques people advocate to help with this issue. The main problem lies in that each of the techniques smugly assures you that if you use any of the other techniques you will screw your kid up so badly you might as well send them directly to jail and save the courts some time. It’s really quite terrifying. For the time being though we’ll put it down to the holiday thing and focus on the excitement on the weeks ahead.