Thursday, June 2, 2011
traveling with baby
As I posted already this week, my husband and I took a weekend trip to lovely Vermont. Of course we took baby Clara with us! Everyone swears that it is so easy to travel with a baby Clara's age (nearly 3 months).
Boy was it an adventure. It took us nearly 8 hours to make the 5 hour journey to northern Vermont. The extra hours weren't really anticipated until the actual day of travel was upon us. I knew I was going to have to breastfeed her - as I don't have the car adapter for my breastpump (in hindsight I should have bought that...doy.) Well, we'd have to pull over and I'd sit there breastfeeding her for over an hour at a time....my baby is a slow eater at the breast...super slow. Ridiculously slow.
Anyway...our car was packed to the brim with items for the little one. I took exactly the amount of clothes I would need (I usually take an extra outfit or two...just so I have options), plus my purse. Clara, however, had 7 outfits, 3 pajamas, 5 bibs, 4 burp cloths, 3 pairs of socks, 2 long sleeve jacket options, 2 hats, 3 soothie pacifiers, 1 pack n' play (what she slept in at the hotel), 1 ergo baby carrier, 1 package of diapers, 1 package of wipes, 2 baby blankets, 1 swimsuit, 5 bottles, one package of formula, the bottle sanitizer, one bottle of baby soap, and a hair bow headband. Add all that to the car seat and her stroller and our teeny tiny baby had more stuff in the car than Tommy and I combined x 5 (or x 10!). We used almost all of it too - except the swimsuit (which I was bummed about!). There isn't anything I would have left home either (I insist on changing her clothes immediately after she spits up because it smells RANK...so we go through a lot of onesies). Actually, we could have used a few more burp cloths...like 10 more burp cloths. And 5 more bottles (but the bottle sanitizer worked fine in the hotel...we use it a gazillions times daily here at home...it was just incredibly bulky to travel with.)
*I snapped these pictures of her while in Vermont...there are roughly 25 more. I'm nearly out of control.