Monday, August 3, 2015

Copenhagen, Denmark

Thursday July 30
We had an 13:45 flight out of Eindhoven to Copenhagen on Transavia. This was our first time flying on this airline and out of our own airport. We left the house just after  11 once Brooklyn was awake and nursed. Fortunately it was just drizzling for the walk over to the bus station at the PSV stadion. It was another story with a downpour as we rushed into the airport from the bus stop. We head straight to security since we weren’t checking either of our 2 carry-ons (a suitcase for Joe and backpack for Jackie and Brooklyn). We were turned around and told we need to check-in to get a tag for the stroller we were had Brooklyn in and were planning to gate check. The 2 Transavia checkin desk lines were 20 people deep. Joe went next door to an unopened desk with an employee who kindly printed the tags for the stroller. Here we are required to have toiletry liquids fit inside a ziplock bag that we remove as well as all ipads and baby food. After we were through security, we were happy to see a family area among the 6 gates of the Eindhoven Airport. Most of the play things were for older kids, but it was nice to let her crawl around on the floor for a bit after giving her a little snack before we boarded the plane.
In Europe, you use infant seat belts for those riding in your lap. They clip together around the baby and have a loop in back that you put through the parent’s seat belt so the two of you are connected. We weren’t able to get seats together but Joe was only a row behind Jackie and Brooklyn. Jackie nursed Brooklyn during takeoff and gave her another food pouch. Brooklyn played on the plane enjoying shaking her puffs in a cup. She sat on daddy’s lap for a little while before we began our decent again. We weren’t supposed to land until 15:55 but we were much earlier. Jackie nursed during landing and she fell asleep in Jackie’s arms. Upon arrival, the stroller was not something we could pick up again plane side. We had to retrieve it at baggage claim. So during the long walk from the cheap airline Transavia’s gate, we had to carry our little girl to baggage claim. The whole ease of having a stroller for transport in the airport has totally lost its appeal in Europe. It was okay since she was asleep, but it was a LONG walk with an 18 pound baby.
We took the metro from the airport to Christianshavn, a short 10 minute ride. From there we took the 9A bus towards Holmen/Operaen, an even shorter 5 minute ride to our stop. We noted that it was one stop after the Netto supermarket. The Airbnb apartment we rented is in these yellow brick buildings. 
The couple and their 2 kids were going camping on Fyn in Denmark so put their place up to rent while they were away. The Airbnb apartment was a modern 95m2 with 2 bedrooms, a big living room, a sunny private terrace and shared lawn. It was a great option for us with a baby because they had a high chair, lots of toys and a playground. It was near the Opera House, street food, Christiania, Refshaleøen, Habour bus and metro.
They were gracious enough to pull a few brochures of things we might like to go see and do. They also had a great map for us to use and talked about a few good places Jackie would like to see as an architect and also good routes to do on their bikes they allowed us to borrow (yay baby bike seat provided!). 
After settling in and letting Brooklyn crawl around checking out all their toys they set out for us, we walked over to Copenhagen Street Food / Papirøen (Paper Island) for dinner.
Brooklyn shaking her cup of puffs while we wait for our street food at Papirøen

We had tacos, double fried in duck fat french fries and a plate of Moroccan with cous cous, cucumber salad and meat kabobs.
A few photos of the view from Papirøen:
Opera House, Papirøen and Experimentarium City

Looking across the shipping canal at Nyhavn and Skuespilhuset (theater/playhouse) 
Looking across the shipping canal at Skuespilhuset (theater/playhouse) and further up the waterfront
We stopped at the grocery store on the way home to have a few things for breakfast in the morning.
We put down Brooklyn early after the short afternoon nap on the plane. She did pretty good adjusting to sleeping in the pack-n-play in a new environment. We used our chromecast and watched a little Netflix before we went to bed.

Friday July 31:
Brooklyn had a great night sleep of over 11 hours. Right away she took to crawling all over the house
Brooklyn liked playing with their xylophone toy
We had egg breakfast sandwiches and Brooklyn had some fruit and eggs.
We departed the apartment for a day of sightseeing
Jackie likes this simple apartment bay
We walked by Our Savior’s Church and made plans to climb the tower up the spiral steeple later
Old windows of Our Savior’s Church
Church of Our Saviour spiral spire

Canal in Christianshavn
Crossing the large shipping canal in Copenhagen
Børsen, a 17th century building that was a former stock exchange with a cool spire. 

Next we walked toward Nyhavn.
Nyhavn is a neighborhood of recently gentrified sailors’ quarters on a canal with sailboats of all sizes. 

Cool lantern on this boat mast 
Joe and Brooklyn walking down Nyhavn 
Hans Christian Andersen lived and wrote his first stories here in Nyhavn in the red double-gabled building at #20. Hans Christian Andersons wrote The Ugly Duckling, The Emperor’s New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, The Little Mermaid, and The Red Shoes.
Jackie and Brooklyn in Nyhavn
Jackie in Nyhavn
Jackie loves a nice old brick building with red wooden shutters and look a gable hoist beam like in the Netherlands 
Across the water was Papirøen and Experientarium City where we had street food the night before
Across the water was the Opera House which was completed in 2005 and cost $400 million!

Skuespilhuset, a waterfront theater/playhouse

Once they complete this bridge from Christianshavn to Nyhavn, the apartment we stayed at is going to feel real connected to the center of Copenhagen
We made our way toward the center toward places to eat for lunch. We wanted smörgåsbord.
We walked past the Round tower (Rundetarn) which I’ll talk more about later
For lunch we got a table outside at Café Halvvejen.
We had smørrebrød where the Danes eat pickled herring in a form of an open face sandwich on rye bread with hard-boiled egg, tomato and dill.
We finally tried pickled herring, Copenhagen style. Jackie actually liked it! 
The café happened to be across from the Copenhagen Great Synagogue and Jewish Community Center. We were wondering why such a place would have armed guards and a security gate. There was a large plaque for the February 15, 2015 terrorist attack where Dan Uzan, a Jewish community member working as a voluntary security guard for a bat mitzvah, died. Two wounded police officers as well as one other dead victim were involved in the shooting attacks elsewhere in the city. The 22 year old terrorist was killed by police following the shootings. He had been released in January after a 2 year prison sentence. He swore fidelity to an ISIS leader on Facebook prior to the shooting spree.
Moving on to a more uplifting subject, back to sightseeing.
Next we walked through Kongens Have (Rosenborg Castle King’s Garden)

Rosenborg Slot (Rosenborg Castle), a Renaissance palace holding the crown jewels 

Cool interactive temporary pavilion, called Pavillon MAA in the Rosenborg Castle Gardens 

Brooklyn needed a little help going down for an afternoon nap. Jackie rocked her to sleep in the baby bjorn carrier.
Frederiks Kirke / Marmorkirken (Marble Church) has a large dome

Next we walked down Strøget (pronounced STROY- et), Europe’s first and greatest pedestrian shopping mall street.
While Brooklyn was still sleeping we stopped for some cappuccinos at a café so Joe could use the restroom. As soon as mom slid the chair away from the table, Brooklyn popped up awake. I guess now is a good time as any to nurse her.
We had to go in the LEGO store. When in Denmark, right? 

Joe and Brooklyn beside the giant LEGO man on a bike
Jackie in a LEGO lion’s head
Some people take shots at the lion, we like to take shots of the lion, LEGO style (This is in reference to the Minnesota dentist & hunter that killed beloved a African lion that had the internet in an uproar) 
Now that’s a giant wall of color sorted LEGO! I can think of a few kids who would be envious.
Next we visited the Cathedral of Our Lady which looks pretty ordinary on the outside
But inside the Cathedral of Our Lady, it was simple very simple but beautiful, elegant and oozes minimal Danish design even though its Neoclassical architecture.

Radhuspladsen (City Hall Square) was under construction while we were there with a large part blocked off for a metro stop.
Radhus (City Hall) 

Cool spider clamp curtain wall by City Hall and Tivoli Gardens
We sat down on a park bench on the edge of the square for a little momma and baby nursing time.
Also a little daddy and baby girl kiss time
We discussed whether we should go to Tivoli Gardens or not. It is one of the oldest amusement parks around since 1843. It cost 95kr (about $14) for each of us to get in plus ride tickets for a few more bucks. Since we couldn’t really ride much with little Brooklyn, we decided not to go in. 

We saw the statue of Hans Christian Anderson by the City Hall
Next we walked by the Christiansborg Castle Palace. 
The Royal Library 

Tall water sculpture from 1999 by Mogens Møller in the Royal Library Garden
Entrance to the Danish Jewish Museum by Daniel Libeskind with very similar design elements to the Jewish Museum in Berlin 
Nice office buildings on the shipping canal 
Lovely façade in Christianshavn
Christiania or Freetown Christiania (Fristaden Christiania in Danish) is an autonomous self-governed neighborhood of around 900 members. It basically began as a large hippy commune. Open cannabis trade or marijuana sale has been tolerated (at least until 2004) and it is common place to see but the sellers to protect themselves (their identity mainly) dress in baggy dark clothes and skimasks. Hard drugs and violence are forbidden in the Christiania laws. The future of Christiania with the Danish government is in jeopardy. It may not be our type of lifestyle but it is somewhere that is truly Danish and cannot be found anywhere else in the world. We stuck to walking on the main drag, Pusher Street. There are clear no photo signs all over.
Christiania entry gate 
On the other side it reads you are now entering the EU.

Saturday August 1:
We let Brooklyn take her morning nap at the apartment after breakfast.
Today’s agenda was a sightseeing bike ride.
Brooklyn is equipped in a pink bike helmet
Islands Brygge Havnebadet which is a group of recreational swimming harbor baths along the Copenhagen waterfront. It was completed in 2003 by JDS Architects and Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). There are 2 kid swimming pools, 2 lap pools and a diving pool. 

Divers at the 5 meter high dive at Islands Brygge Havnebaget

Kalvebod Bølge (Kalvebod Wave) to the right across the canal 
Kalvebod Bølge (Kalvebod Wave) is by JDS Architects and KLAR completed in 2008. It is an extension of the waterfront with a promenade of waving and bending surfaces at different levels.
We rode by Gemini Residence by MVRDV converted two former silos into apartment buildings. Photos of that later…
Bryggebroen bridge connects Islands Brygge to Havneholmen across the harbor. It was completed in 2006. We biked the new 2014 cycle bridge Cykelslangen (Bike Snake).
We stopped at H&M by the Fisketorvet shopping centre to buy some tights to make sure we could keep Brooklyn’s feet warm since she insists on pulling her socks off. We ate Chinese at the mall before continuing on our bike ride.
We began biking toward Ørestad (West Amager). There was a lot of construction going on in this area. You could really tell this was an up-and-coming neighborhood.
It was a good thing the Bella Sky Hotel by 3XN Architects from 2011 was tall and iconic because it made it easy on Jackie to navigate that direction on bike without having to stop and look at her phone GPS.

Professional architect photo of Bella Sky Hotel:
We biked by VM Mountain and Jackie immediately recognized it. More about it later…
Brooklyn really started to fuss and cry after 20 minutes of riding. We stopped about a kilometer shy of 8House, the main architectural destination for Jackie. Joe tried to comfort Brooklyn and rock her to sleep but no such luck. Time to change plans. We walked toward the crowds of people, which just happened to be at yet another new mall, Field’s, near the Ørestad metro stop. Jackie nursed Brooklyn. She was just not up for taking a nap. We decided to bike home and hope for no more freak outs on the 20 minute ride.
The Danes said she should wear the bike helmet 
Now a few things about the architecture that Jackie didn’t quite get to explore like she wanted.
VM Houses is by Bjarke Ingels Group and JDS Architects and was completed in 2005 (first generation before VM Mountain). The idea here is that people are all different so why are all apartments alike. 

These professional balcony photograph of VM Houses has become the poster child for individualistic apartment expression:

VM Mountain (VM Bjerget) was designed by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG), JDS Architects and Plot. There are 80 residential units each with a terrace deck and roof garden with a parking garage beneath. It was completed in 2008 and shortly after awarded the world’s best residential building at the World Architecture Fair.
Architect nerd! 
Professional photographs of VM Mountain:
8House is the one piece of architecture just beyond our bike ride that we never got to view. Jackie had heard Kai-Uwe Bergman in 2013 give a Space.City lecture at the Seattle Library about his work and partnership with BIG on 8House.
8House (8TALLET) is a mixed use figure 8 also by Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG). It was the third generation project from 2010 with the same development team as VM Houses and VM Mountain. There are 2 inner courtyards within the figure 8 shaped building. At the cross are communal spaces for the residents. There is a path that runs from street level all the way up to the penthouses so you could literally bike out of your rooftop apartment when you leave for the day.
Professional photographs of 8House (8TALLET):

Jackie could have spent all day biking around this area looking at architectural details, but her baby girl was not gonna let that happen.
Brooklyn may seem okay right now but we began our bike ride back to the apartment before another breakdown. Of course she has pulled her sock off again!
Jackie caught a glimpse from the bike ride of the Tietgen Students' Residence (Tietgenkollegiet), a dorm completed in 2006. It’s a circular building with an inner courtyard, creating both a communal and internal life for its student residents by Lundgaard Tranberg Architects.
Professional photographs of Tietgen Students’ Residence:

We missed the ideal turn to get back onto Christianshavn island so we ended up biking by the southeastern edge of walled off Christiania which Joe equated to looking like a trailer park.
We came back down Holmen Island from the north, getting great views of the natural secluded elements of this area.
We put Brooklyn down for a late afternoon nap in the pack-n-play back at the apartment.
Full vacation mode with an IPA, sun and our feet up while Brooklyn naps 
Joe and Jackie played a little pepper with the volleyball in the communal yard. It felt great to be a little active while Brooklyn rested.

For dinner we biked to a local place, Christianshavns Færgecafé. We had an outdoor table along the canal. 
We started the night off with beers and Joe got a flight of aperitifs.
Smoked pork appeitizer 
Big girl eating her grapes, peas and puffs from her own plate
Joe got schnitzel so Brooklyn would have something she could eat.
Jackie got an assortment of seafood: shrimp, crawfish, and crab
We finished it off with dessert and cappuccinos. It was definitely our most expensive evening.

Sunday August 2:
We had discussed possibly taking a daytrip to Kronborg Castle in Helsingør, known from Shakespeare’s Hamlet. We also entertained the idea of taking a boat out to a Swedish island. With the way Joe’s foot was feeling we decided to try to make this a more lowkey day with as minimal walking as possible.
We took the 9A bus from our apartment in Christianhavn to the train station by Tivoli Gardens. We ate breakfast at Andersen Bakery. We could go home without eating some danishes! Of course the American Danish is not what they are called here. Wienerbrød is what I think it’s called. 
We continued north on the bus to Kastellet, a star shaped 17th century fortress with ramparts and a windmill. We walked around a little before realizing we didn’t want to walk in too far because with the moat we only had one good access point to the Little Mermaid Statue and it was the same way we walked in. The walk did allow an opportunity for Brooklyn to fall asleep in the stroller.

St Alban’s Church by Kastellet 
Gefionspringvandet (Gefion Fountain) 
Little Mermaid Statue (Den Lille Havfrue) is a bronze statue that was a gift to the city of Copenhagen in 1909 from brewing magnate Carl Jacobsen, inspired by Hans Christian Anderson’s fairytale. 

“I wanna be where the people are
I wanna see, wanna see them dancin’
Walking around on those – what do you all ‘em?
Oh – feet!...
Up where they walk, up where they run
Up where they stay all day in the sun
Wanderin’ free – wish I could be
Part of that world”
Too bad my prince Eric’s foot hurt too much to walk to the statue and our little princess was sound asleep in the stroller. Jackie had this song stuck in my head for the rest of the day!
I’m glad we didn’t just see it from a canal boat. She faces inland and I don’t think that is would have made for very good pictures with all the asian tourists standing behind it onshore.
Next we walked over to the ferry terminal to take the harbor bus. Since we bought a 24 hour bus pass for the day, we decided to get to most out of it and take the boat bus to sightsee.
We waited around for awhile while Brooklyn continued napping in the umbrella stroller. 
We had a good view of the Operaen (Opera House) again
Dragon lamppost
Naval crane 
Jackie and Brooklyn waiting on the Copenhagen harbor ferry boat 
Kisses for the fluffy hair girl 
Once we boarded, Jackie tried to nurse Brooklyn while Joe took some photos from the open back of the ferry boat.
Looking back north toward the Little Mermaid statue
Opera House from harbor bus 

Skuespilhuset (theater/playhouse) from harbor bus
Skuespilhuset and Opera House from harbor bus
Boaters, kayaker and Papirøen Copenhagen Street Food from harbor bus
Nyhavn from harbor bus

Interesting building just north of the Royal Library from the harbor bus

Those nice office buildings on the shipping canal again
Dome of Visions, a polycarbonate geodesic greenhouse dome
It is a temporary space that has lived in a few different locations on the waterfront since 2013.
The Black Diamond, an extension of the Royal Library (Det Kongelige Bibliotek) and the Dome of Visions
Hotel Copenhagen Living, a canalboat hotel from harbor bus
GoBoat rental dock from harbor bus
Islands Brygge Havnebadet from harbor bus

Kalvebod Bølge (Kalvebod Wave) from the harbor bus

We need to get this girl somewhere to have some time to crawl around

Gemini Residence, converted silos into apartment buildings from harbor bus
Bryggebroen bridge from harbor bus
The ferry harbor bus made one last stop near Sluseholmen before we headed back north. We both agreed we should get off at Det Kongelige Bibliotek stop and relax outside for a bit at the geodesic dome, then take the ferry boat back to the Opera House, a mere few blocks from our apartment.
Dome of Visions
We bought 2 beers to drink while Brooklyn had lunch and crawled all over the place on the waterfront.
Brooklyn outside Dome of Visions
Brooklyn and Jackie at the Dome of Visions
Tippy-toe time
Cutiepie eating lunch on the Copenhagen waterfront
Cirkelbroen (Circle Bridge) is a promenade in Christianshavn that has 5 circular platforms with masts mimicking the tall ships parked along the shoreline.
Brooklyn is happy to see mommy as she eats lunch on the Copenhagen waterfront 
We waited around for the ferry boat back up to the Opera House so Joe wouldn’t have to walk much, but as the boat arrived they said something quick in Danish. Something about 6. Oh yeah, they only have room for 6 people. Great it’s an hour before the next boat. Jackie had us walk a few blocks to the bustop to take back to our apartment.
After a nap at the apartment, we went out for a little longer. We didn’t have enough time to get up to Vesterbro for beers at Mikkeler and Friends. Jackie directed us to the city center and the Rundetarn (Round Tower).
We took to bus and transferred to a line that dropped us close to the Nørreport station. This building made all of Jackie’s top architecture spots in the city to visit, but from everything she read about it, there were epic architectural renderings but photographs of the constructed building didn’t really live up to the hype. It looks pretty ordinary to me. It was a nice thin concrete roof, but that’s about all that was noteworthy to this architect. 
Jackie climbed the Round tower (Rundetarn) which has an obsevatory, planetarium, and a spiral ramp instead of stairs (at least most of the way). It is 137 feet (34.8m) tall and once soared far above the rest of the rooftops in the city since 1642. It has Europe’s oldest functioning astronomy observatory. 

Climbing the Round Tower (Rundetarn) spiral ramp

A peek into Trinitatis Kirke, the student church of the Trinity Complex
The view northeast from the Rundetarn toward Rosenborg Slot and King’s Garden
The view northeast from the Rundetarn toward Sweden and the Marble Church dome
The view southeast from the Rundetarn toward Christianshavn
You can sort of make out the shoreline of Sweden beyond the windmills.
The view south from the Rundetarn toward Christiansborg Castle/Palace
The view southwest from the Rundetarn toward Tivoli Gardens and City Hall
The view southwest from the Rundetarn toward Tivoli Gardens, the City Hall, and Cathedral of Our Lady
The view west from the Rundetarn toward many clay tile roofs
Old architectural drawings and model of the Rundetarn and Trinity Church in the old Bell Loft
The Library Hall was holding an art exhibit on Danish architecture, just up Jackie’s alley.  
Model of the Black Diamond, an extension of the Royal Library
The weather started to get crappy so we caught the bus back to the apartment.
We fed Brooklyn some dinner.
Then we gave Brooklyn some time to play outside on the shared lawn.
Brooklyn climbing on daddy 

We had Brooklyn try out their plastic tricycle

Next we tried having Brooklyn ride a bigger tricycle
Slobbery Brooklyn climbing on mommy
Must get that flower
Baby love
Brooklyn crawling around

Joe blowing Brooklyn’s hair
Brooklyn with a volleyball, hopefully a sport she loves as much as her mommy

This evening nursing Brooklyn was really starting to get difficult. She is very difficult to stay focused when breastfeeding and sometimes Jackie doesn’t care about how comfortable she is with how she is positioned and just happy she is latched and still drinking. With Brooklyn’s teeth now far out from her gums, Jackie was in a lot of pain getting blisters and indentations on her nipple. She was close to reaching her breaking point with breastfeeding. It was becoming such a struggle to feed Brooklyn. Something needs to change and soon!

Monday August 3
For breakfast today we biked to the Lagkagehuset bakery near the Christianshavn metro stop. We enjoyed some cinnamon rolls, croissants and coffee.
While Brooklyn went down for her nap this morning, Jackie took the bike to Our Savior's Church (Vor Frelsers Kirche) to climb the spiral steeple for some of the best views in Copenhagen.
Our Savior’s Church tower & steeple 

Mechanism for ringing the church bells

There was a warning sign that that bells were ringing…a mere 3 feet beneath a large bell. Thanks, I’m sure if they were ringing I would have known it long before the warning light turned on.
Window in the Our Savior’s Church steeple
The entry door to the base of the spiral steeple

The spiral steeple steps of Our Savior’s Church

Our Savior’s Church steeple
The view south from Our Savior’s Church
The view west from Our Savior’s Church toward Tivoli Gardens

The view northwest from Our Savior’s Church toward Tivoli Gardens and Christiansborg Palace
The view northwest from Our Savior’s Church toward City Hall, Christansborg Palace and the canal
The view north from Our Savior’s Church toward Nyhavn, Marble Church, canals and Opera House
The view northeast from Our Savior’s Church toward Nyhavn across the canal, Christianshavn, Opera House and our apartment rental

You can kind of makeout the Sweden shoreline in the distance beyond the windmills to the east of Our Savior’s Church
Selfie atop of the Our Savior’s Church
Heading back down the Our Savior’s Church spiral steeple steps

Jackie rode around a little more afterward walking along some of the ramparts before getting back on her bike because she wanted to make sure not to happen to come upon the outskirts of Christiania by accident.
Once back by the apartment, Jackie took a detour to see one last piece of architecture, neighboring apartments called Torpedohallen (Torpedo Hall).
Torpedohallen, designed by Tegnestuen Vandkunsten, are 67 loft-style apartments in a 1954 maintenance hall for torpedo boats. The structural elements of trusses and columns were left exposed. The old roof was also removed to admit light into the interior street, where all units can be accessed.

Professional photo of Torpedohallen from the water or across the shoreline:
Parking occurs behind the sloped steel panel walls
Footbridges cross the canal street

The former boat basin is an extension of the inner street and owners can use to dock small boats
Free-standing elevator between lower and upper floors
The area we stayed had great water access for kayaks. It would be a dream for us to live somewhere like this again.
We packed up and made our way to the bus to do one final outing for a souvenir shot glass. We also ended up having a hot dog. The buns here are basically a loaf of bread with a small hole punched out of the middle, the perfect size for the hot dog.
We arrived at the airport with plenty of time. Our transavia flight to Eindhoven wasn’t even on the board yet about where to check-in. We do not like their policy of needing to check the stroller in at the airline counter before security in order to get tags for the stroller to be plane side gate checked. We purposely don’t check bags to skip this added time (and to avoid the extra fees) and yet we still have to wait in line to check-in and then wait longer on the other end for the stroller at baggage claim. While waiting we let her crawl all over the dirty airport floor. She drank some pouches for lunch. Once we were through security, we head towards the family area at terminal A since we had some time to kill before we had a gate for our flight. By the time we walked all the way there, we find out that there is no elevator to this playground space. We were gonna have to carry the stroller up the stairs. By this time, Brooklyn was due to nap. Jackie tried to get Brooklyn to sleep by putting her in the baby bjorn as we walked to basically the other side of the airport in terminal F. There was just too much commotion in the airport for her to not be distracted. We again let her crawl all over the airport floor. Neither of us could get her to sleep. She was growing more and more overtired by the minute. Jackie was trying to push her nursing a little later since our flight was at 16:20. She was freaking out on us after we checked in with our boarding passes and waited to be able to walk out to the airplane. Jackie tried to calm her down as best as she could to nurse her as soon as they boarded but still save a little drinking time for takeoff. Dad rocked her to sleep standing in the back of the plane. He sat down with her napping on his chest as we approached Eindhoven. The flight attendant required her to be secured in the infant seat belt and be facing forward for landing. We literally had to turn around a sleeping cranky baby which obviously woke her up. No sleeping through the landing this flight. Jackie was back to nursing her and giving her her sippy cup of water to prevent any ear issues which only seem to bother her when she is awake.  
Nice to be home
We weren’t due to land until 17:45 and pickup times at the dog kennel were only until 6pm. We let Chance spend one more night with her buddies. It sure was weird feeding Brooklyn dinner and not having a scavenger underfoot waiting to clean up her food mess. 

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