Saturday, June 5, 2010

Tips For Travelling With A Baby

We returned from a trip to Mexico two weeks ago. I think we picked up some reasonable experience that can be shared.

1) No amount of planning is too much - the worst possible thing that could happen is that you end up on vacation missing something very, very important (diapers) or minorly important (baby socks).

2) Don't fear the all-inclusive resort - We were deadset against them for ages; too cool, if you will. Babies change that. Big time. Reasons will follow.

3) Naps are still sacrosanct - If your wee one is young, don't mess with them. It will haunt you and kill you and ruin your vacation.

4) Research the crap out of sunscreen - know which ones are ok for kids (Alaska / snow trips somewhat excluded).

5) If you need a sun tent for your baby, I recommend the Kidco Peapod. It packs up into a tiny little package and has a self-inflating mat. It was exactly what we needed to keep Eve's pasty, chubby legs from getting burned.

6) Don't go too far - the flight to and from Mexico was about 3.5 or 4 hours. That was more than enough. Holy crap. Eve was good on the plane, but "good" for a baby still means bouncing, burping, moving, getting frustrated/bored, and otherwise making parents somewhat annoying (especially on the way back).

7) Bring a babysitter so you can get druuuuuunk. We did not. Being hangover-free is a good consolation I suppose.

There are other little nuances that are probably Eve-specific. I'm sure this list can be expanded upon, but it's a start. In truth vacationing with an almost 5-month-old was pretty easy for us.

I still want to leave her at home next time.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Perils of Being a New Parent / Happy Birthday

One of the problems of being a parent is that due to a lengthy absence from the magic juice (booze) your tolerance drops to record lows. Coincidentally, your hangovers soar to epic highs.

It's a perfect storm. And gosh darn it, it's been blustery all morning.

Happy Birthday to my beautiful wife. I love celebrating your birthday (and drinking more than I should).