|I did get a new haircut for our new city!|
Well, we are finally pretty much back to normal- new house, 90% unpacked, and we even now have Internet! It was quite difficult to keep the blog updated without access to the Internet...
Over the past 2 weeks, Q-ball and I have traveled over several states, slept in five different beds, lived out of suitcases, and without regular access to a kitchen and washer and dryer. Should you suffer the same fate with an infant, here are the top ten ways that I survived...
1. Parenting on demand- Crossing time zones, day-lights savings time, and major shake-ups to a normal schedule obviously affected Q-ball's sleeping, eating, playing, moods, etc. We had to be extra cognizant of her needs and wants to prevent meltdowns (hers and ours, obviously...)
2. Breastfeeding- Can't get much more convenient. Nothing extra to pack or carry.
a. I thought this was essential to get through the airport. My hands were free for check-ins and security, Q-ball was happy, and I wasn't banging around a heavy carseat while running past crowds.
b. Also, this became totally necessary as days when naps just weren't going to happen under a roof (movers coming and going, maids in the hallways, another new place.) Some days the only way she would sleep was for me to go on a walk with her in the Ergo. It ended up being great for both of us as I got fresh air and exercise (needless to say, we weren't eating our healthiest.)
4. Hand-washing station/cloth wipes- Q-ball was crawling all over the hotel room. After just a few minutes of being on the floor her feet, legs, and hands were be black. It was gross, but there was little we could do except wash her. In addition to her normal baths, I would wipe her down with cloth wipes and a pre-made solution of 2 parts water and 1 part baby soap (I keep it in a water bottle with a leak-proof valve top) several times a day.
5. Plan your diapering system. I already discussed this in a previous post. If you use cloth have a detailed plan for washing.
6. Pack a nightlight. The rooms are new to you and baby- not friendly for moving around at night with the lights off.
7. Work with the hotel staff. We often requested room service at specific times to try to accommodate Q-ball’s anticipated naps. It didn’t always work, but at least we tried. This was also necessary because we were travelling with our darling cats who needed to be caged for housekeeping.
8. Baby-led solids. I didn’t worry about packing or buying any special solid foods for Q-ball for this trip. Frankly, I didn’t put much emphasis into her eating solids at all during this trip, but with BLS she ate some toast and bananas from the hotel breakfast bar and some pieces of fruit at lunches.
9. Pack an extra-duty garbage bag to cover the car seat when it is checked on the plane. I did this previously, but didn’t this time and ended up with a big spot on the car seat. (Which I subsequently have not been able to wash without a washer and dryer…)
10. Pack outlet plugs. Again, we didn’t do this. But, it would have been great to have in the rooms we were visiting as the outlets were the first places Q-ball headed for.