Traveling with Ava was something I had been anxious about for months. My biggest concern was that she wouldn't be able to put herself to sleep on the flight. That's something that has been a bit of a challenge for us when we are out running around day to day. The total flight was only 2.5 hours, but being that it was our first trip with a baby, I really had no idea what to expect.
Ava was SO excited to be on the plane. She was smiling at EVERYONE! I will admit I was a crazy woman with the santizing wipes. I wiped down every inch of the row we were sitting in. My husband told the guy next to us to be careful I was going to wipe him down as well lol! I was actually very surprised with how nice people were to us. I thought for sure I would get that "oh SH!T I have the seat right next to the baby" look from passengers but they were actually pretty understanding.
We started with a short 45 minute flight which was a breeze. I nursed her upon take off and she slept pretty much until we landed, thank goodness!!! As we were boarding our next flight Ava started to fuss a lot and had a blow out (which we haven't had in months) right as we were getting ready to take off!! I frantically sent the hubby to change her and of course the flight attendants told him he would have to wait till we got up in the air. One outfit down! About an hour into the flight I passed Ava over to my husband for a bit and she vomitted all over him. Im talking vomit everywhere! This was no little spit up and there's nothing like smelling like breast milk on a flight! All we could do was laugh at this point. We joked about how perfect the timing was that I had just dodged the vomit by handing her off to him. Right as we started to descend I nursed Ava again to help with the pressure... 5 mins later Ava ended up vomitting on me!! I didn't feed her anything differently so I can only assume it was nerves or the change in pressure for her?! So we arrived in Mexico being vomitted on twice and 3 outfit changes for Ava. She ended up coming off the plane in nothing but a diaper! I would highly recommend bringing SEVERAL changes of clothes for your little one and maybe even one for yourself!!
On the return flight she didnt really have any major issues. There were no blow outs or vomit but it just felt like a LONG 2.5 hours. At this age (especially now that she is crawling everywhere) it was a lot of work to keep her entertained. She was pretty fussy so I had her on the boob for comfort a lot and that itself was REALLY draining (physically and mentally). She is also at the stage where she just wants her mama. It is pretty darn sweet but also can takes a toll on me.
As you saw from yesterdays post the resort was absolutely amazing and the staff were extremely accommodating for babies. Even with all of that I still had a mini mommy melt down the first night we arrived. I told my husband the resort was so amazing but it still just didn't feel like a vacation. When you're spending good money on traveling you really want to just enjoy every moment of it. He reminded me that I was going on 4 hours of sleep and traveling with a baby is going to be an adjustment, I should just get some rest and tomorrow would be better. Thankfully he was right and the next couple days were so amazing! We traveled with one of my dearest friends who also has a baby. Hanging out with them drinking on the beach with our babies in tow was so relaxing. We had such a blast! Not to mention its so nice traveling with another couple who is experiencing the same things you are with kids!
I did realize that traveling with a baby you really do need to add an extra day or two on your vacation. Normally a couple nights in Mexico would be more than enough time but with the babies kind of slowing up down I felt like I really did need more time there. Like everything else with mommy hood I think traveling with a baby is just another thing to adjust to. I hope in time it will become a little easier. Thanks for listening to my rambling and feel free to share any other traveling with kids tips you guys have!
Here are a few more random shots from our vacation...
Ready for a day at the beach!
Precious time with daddy in the hammock!
Hanging with her boy toy Jackson!
This girl was ALL smiles at the beach!
Passed out in her stroller
|Yeah for family vacays!|
Some Tips for Travel:
-Bring a few change of clothes! (maybe even a change for yourself)
-Lots of sanitizing wipes (I wiped down every tray table, arm rest and would have wiped down the guy next to me if he would have let me lol).
-Bring a Nursing Cover (Nurse or bottle feed during take off and landing if you can)
-Bring several new toys they haven't used yet
- and MOST importantly try not to look over in the next aisle and see the young woman drinking wine and reading her Us Weekly magazine quietly in peace lol
*On a side note we have been talking about getting an umbrella stroller and finally decided on one.We wanted a lightweight one to take with us when we travel and also to have in my husbands car. Its been a pain having to switch out the stroller with all the attachments all the time. We purchased the Uppababy G Luxe and love it!
It was so much easier to travel with! At the airport we checked our car seat at check in and then we rolled our stroller right up to the boarding gate where they check it for us...and brought it right up when we deplaned. I'll definitely only be bringing the umbrella stroller whenever we travel.