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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. :)

sorry internet. crossing a line. no going back now.

Alright it’s official, I am joining the ranks of all of the baby mamas making (unsolicited) shares around baby bodily functions. ughh. Why would anyone do that? I’m aware, and apologizing. Hopefully that does something for you.

Just this once. I can’t help myself.

So, Mateo isn’t potty trained. But he is hilarious. This little anecdote is going to be filed away in the “kids say the darndest things” folder.

Mateo toddler

sorry Mateo, sorry internet. there’s no turning back now.

                             . . .

ME: Mateo, are you pooping?

MATEO: yeah.

ME: ughh, why don’t you go on the potty?!

MATEO: poppy?

(I dump the “you know” from his diaper into the toilet. He flushes the toilet and looks inside the bowl).

MATEO: CIAO CIAO poo poo!

                             . . .

Amazing. Where did that come from? Ciao ciao poo poo?! I’m pretty sure I love that child just a *little* bit more. Way to class up the situation, kiddo. ;)

Mateo usually saves “ciao ciao” for his Croatian grandparents on Skype. (“chow chow”= good-bye. Yeah, you know that already). Andrija speaks to Mateo in Croatian. Most of Aki’s family, including parents and sister are there. Now honestly, I don’t know whether “ciao ciao” is common in typical Serbo-Croatian but Aki’s region of Croatia (Dalmatia) is on the coast across from Italy and you know how language is…it absorbs and mixes with whatever it comes into contact with. Oh Languages. <3

I think Mateo has noticed how much I love the “Ciao ciao.” The last couple days he’s been working it in around me. Saturday night I had Mateo with me at a friend’s house. Aki picked him up for his bedtime, and I stayed. Before they drove off, Mateo from his carseat said “Mama, Ciao Ciao!” Such a smooth little man. haha. He knows what he’s doing.

For the same reason, Mateo used to howl like a wolf a lot around me. Best trick ever in my book. Oww, owww-ooohhhh! Literally, instead of yelling “mama” in the morning when he’d wake up, he’d stand in his crib and howl like a wolf. Yeah…awesome. Looking back, he probably got better results than yelling “MAMAAAA.” Mama loves her sleep.


TEASER — these are “BEFORE” photos. Before a haircut. Mateo has a toddler mohawk! hehe. “AFTER” photos coming in a post soon! ;)

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