So we finally flew with our 12+ months daughter and now we are experts! Hahaha, ohhhh I needed a laugh. We did it, we will do it again and here is the information for future me (or now you, whoever you are).
International Long Haul Flights with our crawling daughter :
On the way to the U.S. there were three adults (myself and my parents) for the long journey. We took a day flight, which meant a 3 am start to our day consisting of :
Peaches was fantastic! I figured it would be a horribly long journey and had no real rules set up for either of us. Carried plenty of snacks, let her nurse on demand (including takeoff and landing), let her nap when she wanted, let her explore her limited surroundings almost unfettered and let her crawl to her heart's content before boarding. She acted like it was all a treat - thank goodness!
International Long Haul Flights with our walking daughter :
On the way to the U.K. it was just my husband and me this time. We took an afternoon flight, which meant a normal start to the day consisting of :
Peaches, again, I cannot complain - she was a real trooper! It was crowded, very warm and this time around there was no extra seating. We weren’t as prepared for meals this time around, so we spent a fortune on airport sandwiches. She nursed, slept, snacked or fussed for the duration of both flights. No major incidents to report, just a solid little traveler.
Next time, we the adults, really need to be prepared for meals on connection flights. It is fine when we are connecting through a major airport but most of the time, it is a rinky-dink operation. I cannot in good conscience pay another $20 for a crappy sandwich, so :
Unless someone wants to fly us First Class.
First vacation as a family.
This month's entry is going to be a little different. Currently I am starting the post before the activity I hope to write about actually occurs. In a few weeks time my husband, child and I are embarking on our first family vacation.
After months and months of staring at the same ''four walls'' - I need this! For some reason (money) I have been obsessing (insanity) with the idea of going camping (damn you Pinterest).
So we're renting a car, renting a pod & heading up slightly North to Essex.
We did it! (Not sure how).
Peaches behaved pretty well for the long car trips (thank you baby snacks).
She slept well in her travel cot (we stuck to her usual routines as much as possible).
She loved the outdoors (we let her explore the new terrain).
We loved having a car for a change (hello independence)!
It was great cooking out for ever dinner (just the two of us).
Being mostly technology free was refreshing (reconnecting as a couple with no distractions).
The wider open spaces of the countryside was such a refreshing change of scenery (Essex is very lovely). This was the first time in months that we were able to spend more than just week-nights and weekends as a family together.
Could not have asked for more!
Future vacations have a lot to live up to.
This month's Sanity Saver which is a tie between Caboo +organic and the Lillebaby Complete Original because both baby carriers were use(d) equally but at different stages in Peaches' life. First off, I feel I want to reiterate that I am not sponsored and that Sanity Savers is more of a personal logging.
During the first few months of becoming parents we used the Caboo +organic to carry the little one in. This allowed me some freedom to move about with her sleeping snuggly against me - in doors and out. The caboo places the child against the body in the frog position as opposed to attaching the carrier against you. We tried this on before buying, liked that it felt like wearing a tee shirt and that it fit our larger frames (the non-organic carriers in this same line did not fit us).
But then she started moving around more and we needed something sturdier.
We both really enjoyed having her against us inside the carrier, so we did some research and ended up buying the Lillebaby before trying it out. Lucky for us we both took to it right away. It fit both of us, the material was comfortable and feels more like a cotton back pack. Currently we still us this (it is what I use trekking into London solo on occasion).
Both are invaluable Sanity Savers!
Not an instructional blog but the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth - so help me Mom.