Vacation with a Baby

Today is the last day of our Hawaiian adventure with our seven month old – yes, she turned seven months while we were here! We can’t believe how fast the time has been flying by and this was such a nice way to get away and spend some valuable time together as a family. Brian and I really wanted to get away, just us so we could focus on our family and we talked to a lot of people to get tips on traveling with our babe.  There were a few things we really loved and then there were a few things we also learned.  Here is a list of our tips if you have a baby and are looking to get out of dodge.

  1. I am convinced we did a good thing by traveling before she is too mobile, although she’s been crawling for about a month and pulling herself up, so she really doesn’t want to just sit still.  I would have gone a little earlier if we would have known she’d be crawling now.  It’s hard to tell when that is though, so I think we did the best we could. I would recommend traveling between 5 and 6 months to others.
  2. Feed baby on the way up and especially on the way down.
  3. Wrap some toys in wrapping paper, so it gives baby something different to do.  The wrapping paper tends to go in their mouth, so if you’re worried about that, perhaps there’s some soy based paper out there.  I don’t worry about stuff like that too much any more – trying to take more of the second baby approach.
  4. I remembered when I was little and we traveled with my baby sister that the Continental flight attendant gave my sister a balloon with sugar in it when she was going ape, so we brought balloons and picked up some raw sugar at Starbucks in the airport. She had so much fun playing with that dang thing!
  5. Our babe is at the stage where anything but her toys is fun, so every time we go to a restaurant, we ask for a spoon and a straw – hours of entertainment. We ran into another couple with a baby here and they said they went to Target and raided the $1 bins to buy interesting non-toy things for their baby…smart, very smart.
  6. If you want to get any sun time at all, it’s imperative to have a sun tent for baby.  We used this one, but you could use a multitude of other options.
  7. Time Zone – this was a learning for us. In hindsight, it would have been better to travel North, South or East. West was pretty tough and Elle didn’t really adjust to the time change ever. Brian woke up with her between 4 and 5 and then I’d get up around 6 and he’d take a little nap.  We managed fine, but it would have been smarter not to have to deal with that.
  8. Bring friends or family – another learning for us. While we had good intentions by wanting to spend time with just the three of us, but it would have been so nice to be with another couple with a baby so we could swap nights watching them while they sleep and the other couple could go out. Grandparents would have been another good option.

I hope those tips are helpful for some people when planning their next vacation.  With all that being said, our trip has been fun, but very different from other times to Maui. We are all leaving more white than we’ve ever left Maui – trips to the pool or beach were much more scarce than usual.  Because we weren’t just laying in the sun the whole time we came up with a few other fun things to do. We took a drive to the upcountry to the Maui Winery.  It’s a quick elevation gain, so Ellie and I were a little uncomfortable toward the top, but on the way up, she was all giggles:

On the Move

Ellie boom has been on the move now for awhile and has started pulling herself up on things. Once she stands up, she gets a very confused look on her face because she’s not sure what to do.  It’s so exciting to see the wheels turn inside her head and crazy to know that she’s taking in every single little thing we do.

Ellie has been sick this week and I’m sick as well.  Thankfully Ellie hasn’t been as sick as me! I read online that breast milk commonly has antibodies specific to a mom’s illness and it helps prevent baby from getting as sick as mom.  Fascinating stuff! I was fortunate enough to get a nap in today while Brian took Ellie out for a little walk and to run an errand or two. When they got back we set up the new baby fence and Ellie could just play and play in the living room with all her toys. She pulled herself up on the fence; I had to hold the fence in order for her to accomplish this, but it was all her.

We’re heading to Hawaii on Wednesday and I think it could not come soon enough for Brian and I.  It will be interesting to see how Ellie fares on the plane – any tips anyone has are very welcome!

Here’s a video of Ellie standing recently:

We also started swim lessons last week and Ellie is NOT a fan of the water. Hopefully by the end of the session, she’ll be a little more excited to take a dip.

Time Flying

Now time is really starting to fly by. Every day it seems like Ellie is doing something more exciting than the last and I just can’t believe how much she is really growing up. She’s definitely crawling now and she is very interested in standing all the time. She’s working really hard on the balance things and getting better every day.  We had an awesome Labor Day weekend and really most weekends should be three days in my opinion.  We work way too much in this country!

For Labor Day weekend we celebrated cousin Addie’s second birthday, where I snapped the pic below. Then we went on a hike with the fam up Rattlesnake Ridge. It was extremely crowded, but more on the way down than the way up, which was nice. There’s a video and photo (from the top) below. It was pretty funny to pull over on the path to breastfeed her! You gotta do what you gotta do though.  Speaking of eating, this child is eating like a champ! After trying so hard to find a quality selection of organic baby food, I did what I usually do and turned to Amazon – hello?!?!? I ordered apples, sweet potatoes and string bean and sweet pea Sprout Organic Baby Food.

I also think Ellie might be teething, as she’s been salivating incredibly and wants to gnaw on everything.  We tried something fun today, which was to put frozen blueberries in these mesh food feeders and she loves it – gnaws and gnaws until there’s hardly anything left!