Mardi Gras or Easter- it still Applies!

Ok, I’ll admit it- I am kind of starting to freak out… a bit… about our upcoming trip. My poor mother-in-law has had to answer a lot of dumb questions and listen to me musing over time change, luggage, and car seat napping all day. Thanks for your support, Momma C!

I am not concerned about Hula Girl’s schedule when we’re actually there. However, it’s going to be a long journey to reach our final destination. We’re flying out of a city that is 2.5 hours away from our house, so traveling there will be our first obstacle. Our current plan is for my mom to drive Hula Girl and me up there on Thursday so we can stop by my old school and visit my former coworkers. I am making sure to arrive there about 30 minutes after school is dismissed in hopes of missing the afternoon traffic rush and avoiding the germy germy children who will inevitably get their schoolchild sick germs all over my HEALTHY child. After this visit, my mom and I will take Hula Girl to dinner somewhere. Then we’ll go to our friends’ house for the night. Jonathan will arrive much later in the evening, as he will have to work that day. I expect he’ll also be in charge of dropping off our cat, Riley, with my grandma on his way.

Friday morning we will be with our friends, and Hula Girl will likely get a full nap in before we have to leave for the airport. I think I will be bringing a bottle and feeding her that way when we arrive at the airport. I can’t imagine trying to find a quiet, secluded place to nurse her before we get through security. This airport has, like, no place like that at all. So, a bottle we will bring! I scheduled our flight to be right during Hula Girl’s second nap time of the day. It is my intention to help her sleep on the flight, but my gut tells me it won’t happen. I plan to nurse her 15 minutes early to help her ears adjust as we’re descending.

When we arrive in San Diego on Friday afternoon, we’ll take the hotel shuttle from the airport. It will be quite a short trip, thank goodness. Our next adventure will be trying to find a way to get some food to eat (Mommy, Daddy, and Baby food). There are plenty of restaurants and grocery stores in the area, but they are just out of a short walk’s distance from the hotel. Never mind, we’ll figure it out.

Saturday is the day of my friend’s wedding. Hula Girl’s dress is absolutely cute on her. My one concern is that I have yet to purchase a little sweater to go along with the dress. It will happen. Sometime. Maybe I’ll even leave the tag on it just in case we don’t have to use it.

Saturday night will be amazing, thanks to my gorgeous, wonderful, amazing sister-in-law (who is still going to lose our Easter Egg Competition, no matter how attractive, fantastic, or great she is). She has kindly accepted our request that she come and babysit Hula Girl while we enjoy the wedding reception. I am looking forward to spending time with some of my favorite girls from college, and embarrassing myself on the dance floor. I have never danced at a wedding (mine was the exception-but it was expected!) and I haven’t really ever danced at a prom/party either. Let’s just say… there is a very good reason I avoid dancing in public. Or at all. I feel like a spaz, I look like a klutz, and I am really, really terrible at it. Nevertheless, I made Jonathan promise to dance with me. Who knows? Maybe his skills will rub off on me.

Sunday we will be staying at the hotel until Hula Girl’s first nap ends, and then we’ll be taking the final leg of our journey up to Ama and Papa’s house, which will be about a 2.5-3 hour drive. Again, I am attempting to schedule Hula Girl’s nap during travel time, but we’ll see how things go. All I can do is plan it the best I can and then pray it goes well and shrug it off if it goes differently than I expected!

Monday-Sunday we’ll be with my in-laws and we’ll be having a blast. Monopoly championship tournament Easter 2011, Easter Egg Competition 2011, and lots of laughter over the cute little girl we call Hula. Laissez les bons temps roulez! (I realize that phrase is typically applied to Mardi Gras, but it seems fitting here, too.)

Finally, the Monday after Easter, our little family will travel back home on another flight followed by a long car ride to our house. Let’s just hope the following week will provide relaxation and structure as we settle back in to our little life here.

Do you have any tips for traveling with a baby or thoughts on how to get through security fast?

Happy Birthday, Momma C!

I remember being pregnant and feeling awesome all the time. I seriously didn’t have that much to complain about. I never got morning sickness. I never got (too many) cravings. I never got any swollen ankles. The only issues were SUPER-sleepiness during the first and third trimesters and a major pain in my hip and lower back during the third trimester.

I think I could be pregnant all the time. I could not, however, be a sick mommy all the time. This morning, poor little Hula Girl woke up from her nap early and was crying. Now, she normally sleeps just fine through all her naps, but with this sickness, she’s been waking early. To help her get back to sleep, I’ve been going in and holding her. It’s worked perfectly for both of us for the last few days. However, today, I was unable to do this because I feel like death warmed over and I’m coughing nonstop. I figured the coughing nonstop part would pretty much make me useless as a sleep-inducing comfort object for Hula Girl. Any time she’d fall asleep, I’d end up coughing and waking her. Therefore, I had to leave her there to moan and cough all by herself until nap time was over.

Of course she still smiled at me and laughed like crazy when I tickled her tummy. But that made me feel even more guilty!

On to brighter topics.

I am so excited because I’m anxiously anticipating the arrival of Hula Girl’s new car seat. Oh, it’s so pretty. Here’s a picture of it:

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Pretty pretty car seat!

We were going to go with a different one, but we decided on this one per a suggestion from my good friend Rachel. She brought to my attention the fact that it has the same safety ratings, a metal frame (the other one is plastic), AND this one is skinnier- meaning you can still fit another adult in the backseat! It’s not like we do a lot of driving others around. But it will still come in handy.

I also like this one because it has such high weight and height limits. Hula Girl can ride in this seat rear-facing until she’s 45 pounds. This is AWESOME to me- I want her rear-facing as long as possible. She can also use the seat forward-facing until she’s 80 pounds. A 5-point harness for an 80-pounder? I am so excited about this. This will be her seat for a long long time. It even has a carry strap so when we go to California in April, we won’t have to lug around her infant seat and base! And now it is clear why I am so excited for it to be delivered!

Speaking of California, it is my Momma-in-Law’s birthday today! Happy Birthday, Momma C.! I hope you enjoy your day and live it with all your wonderful 35 years of experience. ­čÖé You were 7 when you had Jonathan, right?

Also speaking of California, my sister-in-law has foolishly accepted another holiday challenge. We are having an egg-dying contest this year. She’s going down. My sis-in-law is probably the greatest sis-in-law one could have. She humors me by playing Monopoly and many many card games whenever we’re together. Let’s just hope the Easter Bunny doesn’t lose an eye this year. May the best eggs win.

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