Traveling with an infant is NOT for the faint at heart. It can bring upon anxiety…
Will she be happy?
What if she cries nonstop?
Did I pack enough diapers?
If she has a bowel movement mid travel, what do I do? (And my poor baby was gassy the entire way to LA on the plane but thankfully waited until we got off to let it all out.:)
None of these are end-of-the-world situations but trust these thoughts, and many more, ran through my mind for several weeks prior to our departure in addition to what do I bring?.
Bailey Kendall and I began our travel with my family to visit my little sister at the University of Illinois. This made our first road trip a tad easier because I wasn’t alone on the journey to carry bags and baby. I was even able to shower without rushing or worrying that she’d roll off the bed or fuss non-stop because she couldn’t see me. The extra hands on Bailey duty was a nice change for our usual routine. (That and inflatable bed rails!)
Nursing in Denny’s near the university in Urbana-Champaign. Baby gotta eat!
Bailey screams at me a lot now. It’s cute 🙂
Her ability to sleep anywhere is a blessing! (We were walking to the stadium and she fell asleep.)
After making it back to our city, Bailey and I drove to Kansas City to catch a flight to California. Why KC you ask? Because deals. **travel secret** I only like to fly on flight deals! I scoured the net for weeks until I settled on the west coast and thank God I did because I was looking at several east coast spots not knowing Hurricane Matthew was in route! So anyway, I paid $122 for a roundtrip ticket from KC to LA and I happen to have family in Kansas City, so this was a win-win situation as I wanted them to meet Bailey before I went back to work from maternity leave!
Reaching for my sandwich on the plane -_-
Color me confused…why does Southwest make you remove a child from a carrier and hold her in your lap during take off and while coming back down? #realquestionneedingananswer
Now on to sunny California…I needed octopus arms once I arrived! Car seat, stroller, diaper bag, duffle bag, lunch box with breast milk (yes you can travel with this even in your carry on), and a travel pillow which I wound up not using because it made it difficult to hold Bailey on the plane. To my surprise – and because I had no choice – I made it all work without needing assistance! Here’s an article I wrote with flight tips.
On Venice Beach
We walked from Venice Beach to Santa Monica.
My cousin picked us up for the day and we went to Comfort LA (I’m a fan of “That Guy” ) and we toured LA. He’s not into pictures, but was talked into it! 😉
Fifi of The Divine Hostess always takes me to the healthiest and delicious spots! Thanks girl!
I’m grateful Bailey traveled so well because now I don’t have to leave her behind. She’s my road dawg for the next trip; maybe even after age 2! (We are currently in the fly free stage of life!) Here’s ideas of what you may need to ease the travel pangs.