Our first family vacation.

Last month, our little family of three got up at the ungodly hour of 4 am to catch a 6:30 am flight to Florida. I was nervous and exhausted. Thankfully, the baby was not happy about getting up so early and slept almost the entire time to Florida, waking up to play in the Atlanta airport, then right back to sleep before take-off again.

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We had a great time visiting my dad and step-mom. Side note: my dad is very ill right now and going on week 3 in the ICU, so to say that I am very happy with our timing is an understatement.  I hope, and in my heart know, he will get better and go home soon, but I’m just glad he got to see Henry at this age. Henry loved crawling around his house and playing with his dog and kitties. And for the most part, he ate what we ate, and he really enjoyed eating new foods.

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Of course, we went to the beach. We were only there for about an hour because when it’s baby’s naptime, it’s baby’s naptime. I’m sure parents out there understand. He wasn’t having any of the sleeping in the shade at the beach either. But whatever, he loved the water and ate a fair amount of sand, so I’d say it was a success.

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I also got to visit with a couple old friends of mine and by far that was the highlight of the trip.  (Henry with his Auntie TJ above)

The flight home started great. Henry slept during the first flight from Florida to Atlanta, but I had to sing Elmo’s Song over and over and over and over (sorry other passengers) to get him to sleep.  The second (and longest) leg from Atlanta to New Mexico, he slept the first half and then woke up READY TO ROCK AND READY TO ROLL. Thankfully, he was giggly and funny, but very squirmy and wanted down. We let him hang out between our legs and the flight attendant held him for a little while, which passed some time. I’d say it was a success because we didn’t have any meltdowns (well Henry didn’t, I’m another story).

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One thing I’ve learned from the experience (and my husband did too), is that people need to have more compassion to crying babies/kids on planes. I’ll never complain again. When a kid has a tantrum, there’s very little a parent can do, and often, the cabin pressure and altitude changes hurt their ears and freak them out. We got a lot of comments about how good Henry was, but the looks on people’s faces when they saw they were seated next to ours was pure annoyance. Just cut people some slack, mmmkay?

A couple weeks ago, Henry also attended his first wedding. He had a tough time sitting still for the ceremony and we ended up checking out a tree for a little while. But he LOVED LOVED LOVED the reception. He made a new friend in one of my old co-worker’s 11 year old son, he danced with mom and dad, and had a tiny taste of wedding cake. We left the party at around 9 pm, which is WAY past his normal bedtime, but you wouldn’t know it. No tears, no meltdowns, he was as happy as a clam. We gave him his bath, he fit in some playtime and then crashed. Crashed hard. It was cute.

henry suspendersHe also looked really handsome.

Catching Up.

I know I haven’t blogged in a while. How professional mommy bloggers do it, I dunno. I usually spend any “free” time I have cleaning or cooking or trying to make myself presentable. Here’s an extremely abridged version of what I’ve been up to:

  • Still working a few hours a week and love it. The extra money goes toward paying my student loans, which takes that burden off of Chris and frees up that money for things like food.
  • We went to Florida to see my dad (I’ll write a separate post on the trip soon) and had a blast. I have become a semi-freaked out flyer as of late, I think from post-partum hormones. It’s such a ridiculous fear, I know, but now I feel better about it and I’m ready for our next trip whenever that is.
  • Henry turned 10 MONTHS OLD last week. He’s crawling, cruising, babbling up a storm, HILARIOUS, and almost walking. I just can’t get enough of him.  He’s got a hot temper, but he’s also very sweet and cuddly. My favorite? His baby kisses. Full heart in the house. I will write more on what he’s doing in a separate post too. Too much for bullet point format.
  • I’ve started working out at the gym again. I’ve lost around 6 pounds, which is great, but I need to get more serious. I don’t know how, but I’ll figure it out.
  • My dad had heart surgery, which had some complications, but he’s doing better now, thank the Lord (and not Voldemort). After a few days in the hospital, he’s recovering and the cardiologist is optimistic about his prognosis. Keep him in your thoughts though, would ya? I’ve been somewhat of a wreck over it. Also, somewhat = most extremely. My husband had to take a day off work because he didn’t want me being alone with the baby in the state I was in.
  • We’re getting ready for Halloween and Henry will be a baby Jedi, OF COURSE. You’ll see pics. Lots of pics.

Alright, I must go join the baby in dreamland. It’s 9:30 after all.

Here’s a picture of my big boy and a little Yoda. (sniffle). It’s not the best pic. He doesn’t want to sit anymore and he also knows how to get off the sofa by himself soooo…try to control that. You can’t.

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Nerd training in progress.

Henry is fighting a nap right now, so while he’s jumping until he passes out (here’s to hoping), I’m actually on a computer and thought I’d do a quick picture post.

We took him to his first Comic Expo this weekend. My husband has his own online comic and of course, loves comic books, so we had to go. I’m really glad we went, even though it was super crowded and not suited for a stroller, but it was still fun. Also, the ABQ Comic Con is like 1/100th the size of SoCal’s or NYC’s or…most of the other ones. Here’s a quick re-cap.

Henry slept for the first 30-40 minutes, which astonished me because it was LOUD up in there. There was this announcer guy whose voiced boomed across the arena. If you were talking to someone at a table when this dude started talking, you just had to wait. It was that loud.

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When he woke up, we decided to just carry him around so he could take it all in. We went to the Mouse Guard booth and boy, did they love Henry. They even tweeted  out his picture!

Screen Shot 2013-06-24 at 10.48.55 AMWe ended up buying that book for him, too.

After some more walking and talking, it was time for a break. We spotted some chairs in the corner of the convention center and sat down to feed the monster. My husband also won extra points by taking Henry into the men’s room to change him. One of the original Power Rangers was in there at the same time, which was cool? I guess.

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After that, I decided to let Chris go get his nerd on solo and walked Henry around the permitter where it was less claustrophobic. After two hours of extreme stimulation, he had enough. Shoes came off, shade came down, eyes closed.

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He’s a good little companion.

 

Going places.

A friend of mine suggested I write a blog about prepping for outings with the baby. I hope this doesn’t read obnoxious, especially because I am by no means an expert on anything much less motherhood and/or babies. This is just merely what works for me now. It will change and grow right along with Henry. But maybe it well help some anxious new mothers like I was/am/always will be. All you more veteran mothers, please leave any other tips for traveling with baby, especially flying, which I have to do later this year. Across the country. NERVOUS.

When I first had Henry, the thought of even taking him to the grocery store by myself gave me dry heaves. But over time, and with experience, I’m not afraid to take him anywhere anymore. Not even quiet museums. Been there, done that. Plus, I have to leave the house for my own sanity. I’ve decided that in order to combat this postpartum anxiety I’ve been suffering, I have to live life. I have to keep doing things I like to do and just incorporating baby into that. Otherwise, I’ll probably descend into depression and no one wants that. Or maybe someone wants that, but I do not. It’s easy taking Henry places anyway. It’s all a matter of preparation.

Tip number one: Get a huge diaper bag (or in my case, a very oversized purse). I do not believe you can over pack when you have a baby. I’d also suggest keeping a stash of diapers/wipes/change of clothes in your car, just in case. When we went to Santa Fe, I packed everything but his crib. Sound machines, several blankets, medications (just in case), and even a rectal thermometer. Don’t judge me! If he had a fever, I doubt concierge at the hotel would have a rectal therm handy, ok?

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A lot of things stay in the diaper bag permanently: baby wipes, boogies wipes, sunscreen, socks, a onesie (I switch them out occasionally), a hand sanitizer (or two – yes, I’m a little compulsive), extra pacifiers, and baby sunglasses. I just replenish the diaper supply and add a bib, burp cloth, toys, extra set of clothes, and food. When my mom is babysitting, I put his entire tub of formula and a bottle in the bag (along with some baby food – peas are pictured below). When we’re going out somewhere, I’ll put together a couple bottles (powder only) and bring a couple bottles of water. I’ve yet to have to feed him in public. We try to feed him before we leave, which gives us a good 3-4 solid hours before he’s hungry again.

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Honestly, getting myself ready before we leave the house is more challenging. This morning, I laid him on the floor so I could rinse off very quickly in the shower. I can’t lay him on any sort of elevated surface anymore because he flips onto his tummy and heads for the edge quickly. Because I stopped and decided to fold and put away a mountain of laundry, I also didn’t have time to put on makeup. Oh well. My boss doesn’t care and I don’t have any other co-workers so screw it.

photo 3Oh, hey Matt Lauer.

photo 4Mama and little boogs. 

Putting Henry in the car seat takes about 32 seconds and then we’re out the door! Don’t forget his toys or he’ll let you know about it. Loudly.

photo 5“Like, seriously? Stop taking my picture for a second. Just a second. Please.”

And look, all babies are different and have varying temperaments. I realize I have a kid who doesn’t fuss too much, which makes it easier. He likes to just take in the sites and is content to just sit back and look around for long periods of time. If he wasn’t this way, who knows. I’d probably stay home a lot more. But either way, it’s good to try it out. See how they act at restaurants (pick a noisy family restaurant for your first trip). You’ll probably be surprised.

I’m going to enjoy it now before he’s a toddler and throwing grade-A tantrums in public. Not too excited about that.