Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Traveling with a Little One

Last month we headed up to Portland, Oregon to celebrate the wedding of my cousing Tracy. We obviously decided to fly, since spending 8-10 hours driving with a little one sounded miserable. We left Friday late morning, and flew home Sunday late afternoon. These are just a few tips I discovered when traveling with a little one. Shout out to my girl Bri over at sweetbabyaddy.blogspot.com for some helpful tips as well!

* Time your flights accordingly. We flew up to Oregon during Kendall's morning nap, and flew home from Oregon during her afternoon nap. She slept on me and it worked out perfectly.
* check in early for your flight. We flew Southwest, and were able to do the family boarding in between the A and B boarding groups. It worked out great for us!
* have all your documents, tickets, etc easily accessible. I had everything in a folder in my carryon, so when we got to the ticket counter, security, etc, it was all right there for me!
* check your carseat as luggage and take your stroller to the gate. We opted to check Kendall's carseat with our luggage and kept her in her stroller. We have this stroller, and it worked like a dream. Kendall stayed in her stroller up to security, David carried her through while I got all the bags on the security belt, they pushed her stroller through the alarm think, I walked through, packed our bags back on the stroller, and off we went!
* Take your stroller to the gate. Kendall stayed in her stroller up until we were about to board. David carried her on and I broke down her stroller, where we then checked it at the gate. It was up and ready for us when we deboarded after the flight. You do take on the liability when you check your stroller and carseat, but it was well worth it for us to have it in the airport.
* Take off and Landing. I know this is the part that every parent dreads (i know i had a little anxiety over this part of the flight!) but if you are prepared, it is relatively painless. I had a two ounce bottle for Kendall to take during take off AND landing, had a pacifier for her during the flight, and planned on her napping for most of it (which she did!).
* ask your hotel for a crib or pac N play. This was one less thing that we had to pack, and made traveling that much easier.
* take something to drown out the hotel noise. we brougth a portable sound machine, and it worked wonders drowing out people stomping walking down the halls.
* last but certainly not least, BE FLEXIBLE! no matter what, their schedules get messed up, everyone wants to hold them, etc. Kendall napped in the car, her stroller, on me, in her pack n play, etc. In the grand scheme of things, a few days off their schedule isnt that bad. We fell right back in to our routine the minute we got home. With that being said, do try to keep some things normal for them, like their bedtime routine. we still did bath, lotion, book, nursing, bed. that way, she knew it was time for night night, and slept pretty well while we were there. 

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Summer Lovin'

We have been having so much fun with the babe lately. She is 9 1/2 months old now, and such a little love! She is a busy little girl, and quite fun, though exhausting at times! We love every minute with her (even teething hell because it means she is that much more cuddly). We have had a busy summer so far, and have lots more to look forward to.

At her nine month check up, Kendall was in the 50th percentile for height, weight, and head circumference. She is developing right on track, and her ped doesn't think she has a dairy allergy (remember the yogurt drama?), but rather a sensitive tummy. So, we will wait a while, and try again at a later date. In the meantime, she loves chicken and turkey, veggies, and lots of fruits, as well as puffs (they count as a food group for baby's don't they?). Her crib is officially on the lowest setting since she has been pulling herself up for the last two months. She loves getting in to mischief, and always goes for the objects she isn't supposed to. Baby proofing will be in full force over the next two weeks.
Kendall is loving all the time she gets to spend with Daddy since he is off for the summer. I used to be a bit envious (who are we kidding, green with jealousy is more like it!) at the summers that David got off, but now I love that they get that time together. We have been beating the Sacramento heat with lots of time in the pool, hanging outside, and BBQs galore.
This past weekend we celebrated the fourth of July, had David's brother visit for a few days, and then celebrated Dave's birthday and my bestie Anna's birthday as well with a wine tasting trip. Lots of fun and sun for us lately, and much more to come over the next two months!


Four Generations

Danielson Family Reunion

Big girl trying to stand on her own

BIL visit

Fourth of July


Watermelon mess

Loved the fireworks!