So on the 11th of September, we left home for a month away in South Korea and Malaysia.
But before we left we had some packing to do. :)
For the seven of us, we were able to narrow the bags down to 4 suitcases.
Luckily we weren't putting Flynn in a suitcase. I don't know if his bed hair would have fit!!
Jonty was so excited about our holiday that he kept talking Flynn into hopping in a suitcase and then after seeing his bathers go in the suitcase and finding out some of the places we were staying had a pool, he just had to wear his togs for the whole day.
The most important thing to pack of course was all the medications for Flynn and Hallie. Because they need to take them every 8 hours, I got heaps extra and distributed them around all the bags, just incase some of the bags got lost. I was so worried that we wouldn't be able to access them overseas but then of course people from other countries have CAH too but it's a rare condition and I knew it would be really stressful if I ran out or couldn't get some quickly enough.
I also took an emergency injection for Flynn and Hallie, incase they had an adrenal crisis and I coudn't get to a hospital quickly. The tricky thing is that it doesn't work like an epipen, you have to make it up yourself from a vial, working out the dose according to their weight, right when they are needing it because it will 'go off' otherwise and not work. And then of course stick it into the right part of their leg. The lovely people at the hospital pharmacy taught me what to do and I had to practice on an orange but not having had to do it for real and not much practice, I was a little worried about getting it right but thankgoodness, I didn't have to use it anyway.
With all the meds and paraphernalia going in the bags, I did chuckle thinking we would fit right in with the drug mules flying into Malaysia. ;)
The day before we flew out, the Wheelers came and helped us with some last minute work on the house. We worried about leaving it for the month and wanted to get some last minute jobs done like working on the deck.
Lisa brought out her famous pumpkin soup so it was nice to stop for a break and have some.
I cleaned out the fridge, very excited to not be cooking for a month and looking forward to trying some authentic Korean cooking. It looked so bare after all the perishables disappeared.
And of course Flynn, started walking just before we left and now two weeks later, not a crawler in sight. I couldn't get a photo of him standing still because he just loves walking and seemed to know something was going on and was very excited too - or it could have been that he saw all the snacks we were taking for the plane. :)
Our plane to Melbourne was leaving at 6.30 that night and so after doing all our jobs of locking up the house, a mad minute clean before we left, finishing last minute packing, making sure the animals were happy (fed by our neighbour Xaviour while we were away) and freaking out that I would forget our foreign money or these....
... we were off to the airport. The Wheelers dropped us off and I couldn't believe after counting down for 7 months, we were finally off on our trip of a lifetime.