Well, we haven’t moved very far in the last week.
Last week Soleil started getting real fussy. We thought she might just be getting sick, but it took a turn for the worse later in the week when she started screaming every time she went pee. After a couple visits to the local hospital in El Bolson, we confirmed that Soleil had a bladder infection (Stevie had already called it).
It was a heartbreaking couple days until the medicine kicked in. Nothing breaks you up like when your baby is hurting.
After we knew she had turned the corner, we left El Bolson and relocated a few hours south to Esquel, right on the border of Chile. Our goal is to get across to the Futaleufu river, but now we’re stuck here waiting on a special stamp from the department of agriculture so we can get Kiki across the border.
Sometimes it feels like life on the road is one noodle after another.
We’re posted up in a residential hotel right on the plaza. This is great news for Sol. She’s recently discovered parks, and that has been a total game changer. Now every time she sees one, she screams and flaps her arms, which obligates us to stop.
Her favorite is the swing, and she likes it high. If you’re not pushing high enough, she’ll growl at you. She learned this from an iPad game that teaches animal sounds. Her go-to sound is the oso (bear), and she’s not afraid to use it.
Her climbing days have been paying off on the playground. She routinely stomps obstacles that kids much older than her struggle up. This makes Daddy proud. 🙂
In addition to the swings, Sol also LOVES the slide.
This morning she caught a glimpse of the big kids going down the big kid slide. She made her intention clear by parking herself at the base and growling at me.
She wasn’t able to climb to the top of this one, so I carried her up. She sat between my legs and got very quiet and serious. A couple times I asked her if she was ready and in a little squeak she said, “no.” She just looked around.
Finally, I launched us down the slide, and she screamed the whole way. I set her down, and she immediately ran back to the ladder. We then repeated this 22 times. In the end, I called it quits. Not her.
Hopefully,` we’ll have our paperwork for Kiki tomorrow, and then we’ll cross the border into Chile. Can’t wait to see this river!