No, I'm not talking about the Germans, silly. I'm talking about living out of a hotel room! Different? Yes. Awful? Surprisingly, not really.
I don't know if it's God's Grace or my low maintenance, but it could be a lot worse. The biggest issue we have run across is Baby Girl sharing a room with us at bedtime. She knows we are staying awake & she wants to hang out. We didn't have any problems at my mom's or Hubby's mom's house. I guess because I would take her into a dark room & sing a song to her & she would just be so sleepy. Maybe back then she thought that I was going to go to sleep too, just in different room? I don't know. But, now, she looks over my shoulder at her daddy & smiles & waves (her lastest trick) & then when I lay her down, she cries. She's very inconsistent with her crying. She doesn't cry every night. Night before last she went down without a peep. But then last night she cried for like 10 minutes & that was after I had tried to comfort her about 3 times & she had stayed up 1-2 hours later than normal. The good thing is that once she's down, she's down. She is back to sleeping between 10-12 hours a night. Of course she still makes all kinds of baby noises that make me hold my breath because I think she's going to wake up. Those of you who sleep with your baby or allow your baby to sleep in a basinette in your room or whatever, I seriously don't know how you do it! Babies are loud sleepers!!
Another issue living in a hotel raises is it's amazing shrinking abilities. Did you know that hotel rooms shrink? I did not know that. It's a phenomenon that only occurs if you live in one longer than a week. It was plenty big a week & a half ago when we got here...but now? Definitely shrinking. There is one chair. One wardrobe. 2 dressers thank goodness. 2 sinks (one for the bathroom & one for washing dishes). It does, however, have the one main thing I cannot live without: a coffeepot. Yes, yes, yes where there is coffee, I will be ok. I even bought some "Seattle's Best" with a ration card! Coffee is rationed along with gas, cigarettes, & hard liquor.
The only other thing I miss is a bathtub. Generally speaking, I do not take a lot of baths. In fact, the only time I really take baths is when I'm freezing. Which I was last night. Baby Girl & Hubby were grizzly bear warm, but I could NOT get comfortable. So, instead of taking a nice hot bath & drinking hot cocoa, I crawled under the covers & went to sleep. Voila! An hour later, I was warm :)
To counteract the missing bathtub is our very friendly German housekeeper who is now my friend. She loves Baby Girl so I love her. That's how it works right? You work your way into a woman's heart through her baby? :)
And, of course, I have books. Lots & lots of books. That last sentence just makes me feel warm & fuzzy.
There is one sort of problem living in a hotel with your army husband & your infant. It's called PT (physical training). And it starts next week probably at 5:30 or 6. OH NO. Currently, Hubby leaves at 7:45 so it's no biggie if he wakes us up...which, coincidentally, he does every morning. I'm not sure if he is loud (but I think he is) or if the room is just too small to not hear him (maybe), but if Baby Girl starts waking up at 5:30 I am going to be one miserable momma.
We'll see. But for now, I have coffee & I have Internet & I'm pretty happy!
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