jet lag ain’t got nothin’ on Mateo. mama could use a nap.

toddler - first day in Split, CroatiaHello Split, Croatia! We’re HERE. We left a warm, bright and sunny Chicago day and arrived in Split on another warm, bright, sunny day 12.5 hours later.

We were met at the airport by lots of waving, hugs and kisses from Aki’s parents, Mateo’s “baka” (grandma) and “dida” (grandpa). Smart ones they are; Mateo was greeted with a little toy train. He was “choo-choo-ing” until the very moment he finally gave in to sleep (on the way home from the airport).

We’re settled into our apartment for the next couple months. (If you can call open suitcases “settled”). We’re just down the street from baka and dida and two blocks from Split’s Old Town. I’m anticipating lots and lots of visits and daily walks and exploration.

Knock on wood, little Mateo seems to be on Croatian time already. He fell asleep on the way from the airport (5:30 pm) and slept until 8:30 am (with a little play session/sleep-break at 11pm). He took his afternoon nap at his normal time and has been eating meals on Croatian schedule. I donno, if you want advice on instantly beating jet lag, don’t ask me. Ask Mateo. Although pretty sure he’d rather talk about cake, trains, monkeys, giraffes, BIG airplanes, and/or elephants.

Mama on the other hand, I’m a lil’ jetlagged. The boys slept like champs, but I was awake most of the night. It was nice to be greeted by palm trees and sun yesterday. Today is rainy and overcast. And that is okay by me. Today is a recovery day.chubby, rainy toddler knees. Split, CroatiaWhen we were in Chicago, Croatia felt like a world away. It felt like ages since our last visit (eight months ago). Funny though, as soon as we entered town it felt like yesterday. It was like no time had passed at all.

I’ll be back with a clearer head and lots more photos soon. I’m in a bit of a haze at the momento. I think I better ask Mateo if he has any advice for me.first day of jet lag in croatiaPS  Aki deserves an award. He’s already back at work today, working remotely. (!!) His reward will be a date with his zombie wife. We’re thinking to go get some local mussels tonight. Baka and dida have already agreed to babysitting duty. :)

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14 Thoughts on “jet lag ain’t got nothin’ on Mateo. mama could use a nap.

  1. Yay! It sounds like you’re all doing fine. :-) Yeah, try to catch a few Zzzzz’s. But that’s not easy for us mamas! :-)

    • Thank god for nap time! :) luckily he still has those! :)

  2. kate:

    i wish i knew what mateo’s secret is! glad you all arrived safely, and i look forward to seeing some of your adventures in croatia!

    • right?! I’m amazed. and a little jealous. But really, better me jet lagged than the two of us! :)

  3. Awww, my parents live right around the corner too! And they LOVE having Henry. Which means lots of date nights/nights spent slumped in front of the TV for us!

    Glad to see that jet lag ain’t no match for Mateo!

    Maria xx
    http://www.cheekypinktulip.blogspot.com

    • fingers crossed Mateo has really banished jet lag. We’ll see tomorrow! ;) Lucky Henry!

      …and now for our date night! :)

  4. Kim:

    Glad you made it and am looking forward to hearing about your trip and seeing pictures. I think the kids will wear us out long before they stop and we don’t get the benefit of mid day naps! Oh well, don’t let it stop you from all you want to see and do. Enjoy!

    • So true. Luckily it’s a team effort. I’ve got Aki and grandparents here so nothing real to complain about! :)

  5. Stopping by to say hi. I came via moms blogger club and I must say I enjoyed reading your post and I’m looking forward to coming back again so I can see some photos of Croatia =)

    • So glad you found us. Hope you’ll be back! :) I’ll have to check out your blog.

  6. Meghann:

    Henna,
    Hope you and your boys have SO much fun! I am just catching up on your blog and noticed how long you’ll be gone…so we won’t get to see you again before we move :(
    I look forward to following your adventures here though! Big hugs!

    • Meghann! Time flies, doesn’t it! I’m so sad we won’t get to see you guys before you go. Wishing you a ton of luck in your new city. I’m sure it’s going to be great! And please let us know when you are back visiting Chicago!

  7. Way to go Mateo!! Is that a Maclaren storller I see? I just got our first Maclaren this past week and I’m head over heels in love with it…oh-and Lulu likes it too ;)
    Glad to hear Mateo is adjusting-keep those photo’s coming, I just love travel pics!
    xo, d

    • oooh, good eye!! YES, totally a Maclaren. I actually bought it specifically for this trip! I wanted an umbrella stroller with a great sun shade (since it’s summer and we’ll be out a lot) and a good recline for naps. Definitely doing the trick and it’s also very nice and smooth on all of the cobblestone! More travel pics coming, you know it! ha :)

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