Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Infant Travel Tips

We made it! To Las Vegas and back with Miss Abigail and she did so, so good. She is a great traveler!

Our flight out to Vegas took off at 9:20 p.m. (it was delayed), so that was an easy one. Abby ate right before we took off and then slept the entire way. Our flight home was at 2:15 or so. She slept for about an hour and then woke up and stayed awake for the remainder of the flight.

The entire trip was a success. Here are my travel tips:
  1. If you are staying in a hotel, check to see that they have a crib you can use that is up to safety code and a bathtub. We had to purchase a pack n play and a blow-up bathtub while we were there.
  2. Have plenty of toys because baby will get restless fast. I do, however, use the term "toys" loosely. Abby's favorite "toy" of the trip was probably the Gate Claim Tag we had to put on her car seat.
  3. If you are traveling with single friends, allow them to take baby out for a walk. I made more "friends" due to Abby's cuteness. Best quote of the trip? From a topless, drunk guy walking the Strip: "That baby has some nice-ass eyes!" Why, thank you.
  4. If you are traveling alone, be prepared to kindly ask the people seated to either side of you if they wouldn't mind a baby foot or head in his or her lap. Unfortunately for them, though, whether they mind or not will ultimately be irrelevant.
  5. Enjoy your airport privileges. Traveling with baby means you get to cut ahead in the security line and board the plane first. You feel like royalty.
 We had a great time with Miss Thang ... and I think she had a great time, too.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

My Child's Nap-Avoidance Strategy

I've been home all week. My child has napped maybe two hours total over that span. She is wily.

She has quite the strategy.
  • To avert me putting her in the crib to fall asleep, she will flip over onto her belly. When she is on her stomach, she then flails around "helplessly" until I come in to rescue her.
  • When I sit in the glider in the hopes that she will fall asleep if I'm in the same room, she executes the flip-over strategy and then peers through the bars of the crib to grin at me. This results in me pretending to sleep (though I haven't been far from not pretending).
  • When I attempt to feed her to put her to sleep, she "messes" her diaper, resulting in a need for a diaper change. In the midst of the change, she executes the grin strategy.
Abby seems to be managing sans naps ... I am struggling.

Monday, May 9, 2011

There has been a BABY SIGHTING

You'd think none of us had ever seen a baby before.

No sooner had we arrived at the party than people started gathering around.

Then there were TWO of them.

What is it about babies that brings people to utter ridiculousness?

Think about it. We coo ... we squeal ... we make ridiculous faces ... we sing and dance.

If only we could be so carefree in all facets of life.