Somehow, it is Sunday, and we are enjoying an asado (Argentine cookout) with dear friends.
Travel is disorienting, in such a lovely way. Last weekend at home in California; now, we are here.
Mi familia argentina, as I like to call them, are very good at being together.
We are staying in a house with the abuela; on the same property live her daughter, with her family.
The other three children live nearby, with their respective families. They all gather every weekend. It's relaxed and casual.
Today we gather for an asado, the typical array of cuts of meat accompanied by diverse salads.
This first international trip with baby Alicia coincides with a stage of unpredictable napping, nighttime waking, teething and biting instead of nursing, separation anxiety.
It's all the aspects of our unfolding life together, manifesting in another place. None of that was left at home.
And yes, a time difference, new environment, and overnight flights complicated all of the above.
But I'm not yearning for home, the routine and familiarity of it.
I love the language here, the food, the scenery. I feel at home here and it's very special to return with babe in arms.
Most of all I'm enjoying the community. It's a taste of what I've been longing for since I became a mom - a life with friends and family at close hand.
Since we arrived there is always someone around to help; baby is passed around from one to the next.
I am in good company all the time- when she is sweet and playful, when she is fussy and I'm rocking or holding her while she sleeps.
It's the opposite of loneliness and so comfortable. It reminds me of what I said when we traveled with her for the first time, when she was five weeks old.
We were staying with friends in Brooklyn; the ratio was four adults to one baby. Carlos' and my life got so much easier so fast!
I decided then that the ideal ratio was 4 to 1. Now I think it's just important to have other people around, to share the joys and challenges.
Here's to friends, family and community – wherever you have to go to get them!