Vacationing with baby
We recently returned from a week long vacation to Hawaii, where we are lucky enough to have family. We were also lucky to have both Gwammy KK and Grampa along with us- two extra adults makes things a lot easier! I was worried about only things prior to leaving: 1. How will FVB cope with a 6-7 hour plane ride? 2. How will the time change affect FVB’s sleeping? Of course I researched these questions and found some pretty useless info. One site suggested shifting baby’s bed time by fifteen minutes a day before you leave until he is on the new time zone. Seriously? That would mean we would be getting up at 3 am and going to bed at 3 pm the day before departure. Not helpful. So, I decided we’d just wing it and it worked out quite perfectly. We landed around 2pm Hawaii time, which would be close to FVB’s bedtime at home (6). He took a little nap, but otherwise stayed up and played until 530 or so, then crashed. Also, he slept GREAT in Hawaii. Like, freakishly great. In the car seat, on a towel at the beach, alone on the bed…for long chunks of time, too! All things he does not do at home. I kept telling hubs that perhaps FVB was trying to tell us something- he really wants to live in Hawaii.
As far as the plane trips, I also decided to wing it. I packed some toys in his diaper bag and figured we’d just play it by ear. FVB was completely uninterested in his toys, but here is what he did find amusing:
1. Plastic drink cup
3. Assorted items from Gwammy’s purse: mini-measuring tape, glasses, pill bottle
4. iPad (powered down, used as a surface for banging)
5. Tray table (banging surface)
6. Plane window (again, banging)
7. Empty can
8. Any one of the grown ups’ face/glasses/hair
Each thing was interesting for about 15-20 minutes and could be repeated approximately twice. So that bought us about 4 hours. Combined with nursing and napping, we were covered for the entire flight! The flight home was an overnight one, and he slept THE ENTIRE TIME (not so for the adults). We definitely had a few rough nights transitioning back into our time zone, but overall I was super impressed with his ability to cope with all the changes. Flexibility was key in making this work, and I’m so glad we didn’t over think it. I’m also glad FVB isn’t on a “schedule” because this definitely made it easier to go with the flow.
FVB also enjoyed some new toys while at great grandma’s house, including red solo cups and spatulas. He also discovered that his diaper bag makes a great surface for banging. I seriously did not need to pack toys.
Now that we’ve been home for a week, we are back to our old sleep habits. I keep thinking maybe I should just put a towel on the grass outside and see if that works as well as it did in Hawaii…
A food related post is coming soon…I haven’t cooked in about two weeks since my mom has been with us. A test kitchen recipe is definitely in the mix for this week!