Traveling Baby

My kid is a traveler. Husband and I are travelers. We rang in 2009 on a rooftop in Egypt looking at the pyramids. We spent a Valentine’s Day in Paris. We were supposed to spend last spring break in Italy, but when you can’t drink chianti ’cause you’re pregnant, what’s the point of going?

Baby boy has been to Atlanta, San Diego and Arizona. He took his first flight at three months. We took a TON of stuff. 3 outfits on the plane, plenty of blankets, cloths and diapers. We brought stroller, carseat, carry-ons, etc. It was overkill, but I’m glad we did it. He pooped through an outfit, then peed out of one and we were thrilled not to carry a naked boy off the plane. We nursed going up and down to avoid ear troubles and he was good. He slept a bunch and even when he fussed, it wasn’t loudly.

Second at six months and third at 7 months. I flew with him by myself to San Diego. That was the trip I was most nervous about. He’s a good little flyer. He eats, plays, laughs and sleeps on the plane. Luckily, going to SD the plane was newer and there was a changing table in the bathroom. This was a lifesaver. The flight attendants have always been very nice and helpful. The flight to Cali was loooong. Four hours into the six hour flight I was feeling pretty done. Luckily, when we were don changing his diaper, the baby charmed the flight attendants. They waned to hold and play with him, which was a nice break from the monotony.

We landed at LAX for a short layover then flew 20 minutes to San Diego. The flight to Arizona was also pretty simple. He plays. He smiles. I put him in cute outfits so people are more inclined to be friendly. The last trip we also learned that in each row, there are four oxygen masks that drop down in case there is a baby in that row. See now? You learned something.

Next year I don’t think I want to fly places. Or take long car rides. I’m thinking we stay around home. He’s had his first big holidays, so maybe we are low-key next year and start our own traditions. Not worrying about schedules or flight times would be handy. Plus, he’s getting so big, we’d want to buy him his own seat. That’s muy expensive. And when he’s walking, being cramped in for 4+ hours will be a lot less fun. What do other people do around holiday time?

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