Samuel did great on his first international venture post momma's belly. One of the biggest surprises of the trip was that he did NOT adjust at all to the jetlag, but instead established a very specific 8:30 pm bedtime. Texas time. That's 4:30 am in Israel. What a time to get disciplined.
I had been sure the time change would throw him off. The sun setting and rising at different times, the airline travel, sleeping in different places, etc. But no, didn't seem to phase him a bit. He just thinks the sun never shines in Israel, as it would set within 2 hours of his waking up for the day, and was quite content to stay up all night - every night - no matter what I tried to convince him to sleep earlier. He'd go down...but wake up ready to play again soon after. We walked a lot of hotel grounds to let Dad sleep. The Boba Air baby carrier is my hero.
Second surprise, his reflux was better than ever. I dreaded this problem with my diet taking a drastic change. Apparently the kid likes it when I have hummus, cucumbers, and boiled eggs for breakfast, and wide varieties of mediterranean/kosher foods at other meals. The kosher thing did make it easy to avoid dairy though. No dairy is served at the same meal with meat, so it was great not to have to worry about what was cooked with butter, etc. Other than an unmentionably bad episode somewhere over Greenland on the return flight home - his reflux was SO much better.
But those are boring details.
We got to take our son to some pretty amazing places. His sleep schedule meant that we did not join the group most days, as it would mean he didn't get any "night" rest which was too exhausting for both of us. However, before and after the group arrived, and during transition days from one hotel to another, this kid saw some fantastic sites. It's pretty amazing to hang out with your infant son at the Sea of Galilee (even at all hours of the night), or take him to ancient places where Jesus visited.
For more pictures of Samuel's first trip to Israel see the slideshow below. We will be posting more pictures and details from the trip on www.TraveltheText.com soon!