Aug 3, 2012

{a 10 month birthday}

family.
isaac is 10 months old today. we are coming up on a year SO quickly! & to celebrate 10 months we are going to camp in a few weeks! our new fanconi family will all be there as well as a lot of the doctors & researchers. we are excited to meet everyone. our circle of people has grown so much because of isaac & i feel like it is about to explode.

i will say, though. i am really nervous about flying with him. & just being so far away from home. he is a super well behaved little man - but he does seem to choose the absolute worst moments to cry unconsolably. i'm just praying for an uneventful flight...

any of you mommies have tips for traveling with wee ones? from airports, to packing & being in new places...
i need your mommy expertise!!!

12 comments:

  1. I'm sorry I don't have any advice...I haven't ventured out on a trip yet with my 7 month old. But I hope you have a wonderful trip!!! Love that family picture of you 3!

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  2. We've only done road trips with our little ones, but not flying yet. We've found that the best time to travel by car has been at night when they are sleeping. I don't know if that's possible for you guys with your flight though. Something I have heard of with flights would be the ear pressure, so I don't know how he would react to that. You might want to talk with your pediatrician about how to help him if he seems bothered by that. As far as new places go, the best thing is to keep as much to your home routine as possible to make them feel as secure and "normal" as possible. I hope the trip goes well! I'm sure Isaac will do great :)

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  3. Long time reader, first time commenter. Such a cute lil picture!!!

    Ahhh, traveling with a baby. My husband was graduating medical school around our daughters' first birthday, so the time leading up to that was packed with airplane flights and road trips to residency interviews. Adelaide has been on over 35 airplane flights, and she's only 14 months old!! I would definitely tell you that planning is key. Figure out what calms him down, and bring it on the flight-- if it's food or a pacifier or a special animal or blanket-- that is the key. We also put Addie to bed in the pack and play for a few days before the first flight, just to get her used to it. As for packing, the less you can carry on the airplane, the better off you are. We brought Addie's stroller and car seat (in the stroller adaptor) as well as a diaper bag-- that was all I brought when I travelled alone with her! I checked the rest of the stuff. I brought for myself, my wallet, my phone/charger, and my Kindle. That's all. The other thing I did was be SUPER nice to the flight attendants, the men and ladies at the airplane counter-- Every time I flew, I just went to the gate beforehand and asked if it would be possible to have an extra seat so I could put the baby in her carseat. And about half of the time, they did! That made the trip SO EASY. Additionally, Southwest Airlines has the best situation for travelling with babies. Free checked bags, and the group boarding means that nearly everytime I flew, we got an extra seat. That was huge.

    Also, a flexible attitude is SO needed. You will have a meltdown, or a bad night... that's just the name of the game. Give yourself some extra grace, enjoy the peaceful moments, and remember that it's not the biggest deal in the world if he cries for a few minutes. I'm always surprised by how gracious and helpful people are-- of course, there are those that are NOT helpful; but the reality is-- they'll know what it is like one day. Don't sweat the small stuff. Allow people to help you. Enjoy the moments, and I'm happy to answer any other specific questions if you have them. :)

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  4. Good luck on your trip! Isaac is getting more and more handsome and adorable every day!

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  5. Oh, also I've read that it helps to nurse/give him a bottle during the beginning and end of the flight because the swallowing helps with ear pressure and keeps him quiet!

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  6. I would check out the comments in this blog post: http://taza-and-husband.blogspot.com/2012/07/got-my-bags-all-packed-for-sunny.html

    It includes a ton of wonderful ideas about traveling with babies!

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    1. i was about to link to the rockstar diaries as well. :)

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    2. thank you guys! that helps a lot. i wouldn't have thought about the bag around the carseat ever....

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  7. Sorry, I don't have any tips :/. but I wanted to comment on how adorable your family picture is! I love Isaac's onesie. Is it the little green monster from Monsters Inc?

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  8. I have just completed the last leg of my summer travels with our now 4 month old guy. I find it's easiest to wear him in the baby bjorn or moby wrap. You can go through security with them too, but they swipe your hands to make sure you don't have explosives. Hah! I second the nursing/feeding during takeoff and landing. I use a paci. Usually people are very helpful and understanding. Good luck!

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  9. mindy! this photo of you 3 is adorable! where is this camp? so excited for you all!

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  10. My advice is not to worry about what other people think when/if Isaac cries. Now our children are grown up I realise that other people's babies crying really doesn't disturb me, that is if I notice it at all. It is the normal background noise of a flight. When our children were little I was certain our children were devastatingly loud and distressing to everyone around us :-)Have a wonderful journey and try to enjoy every moment!

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