Monday, September 7, 2015

Flying with baby - tips for an uncomplicated flight

'Never had such a relatively uneventful flight had quite such an impact.'

I read that sentence on this post by mummytravels and I couldn't agree more. The first flight with a baby of your own is bound to be remembered forever, even if nothing memorable happens along.

I was on my own with BabyGirl for this very remarkable milestone, BabyGirl's first flight, and I started freaking out as soon as I booked the tickets. Was it the right decision? Will she cope fine with flying? Will her ears hurt? Will she cry non-stop and make this flight a nightmare for me and every other passenger? After all, BabyGirl hadn't asked to be put on an iron-bird to cross the skies and land some 3000 Km away from home in Andalusia.

Thankfully everything went very smoothly and BabyGirl passed this test with flying colours. We said goodbye to Boyfriend on the security check and from then on it was only the two of us. We passed the security check without any hassle, we waited for the boarding to start, sat in the plane, took off, flew and landed without any problem.

I tried and forced a paci on BabyGirl's mouth for take-off and landing to prevent her ears from aching but paci or no paci she seemed to do just fine and slept most of the time. She woke up roughly at her feeding times, pooped a bit a lot and went back to slumberland. During our flight back she did poop a second time when we were about to landing and just when we were supposed to be fastening our seat-belts we were locked in a toilet, me desperately trying to put BabyGirl in some clean clothes and BabyGirl half-naked crying because it was too cold for a baby in there. Luckily, the plane descended and landed smoothly.

I'm sure not every flight will be as easy as this first one but preparation is definitely key to success. So here are some tips to help make the flying experience a pleasant one.

Food: definitely an essential. If you are breastfeeding you don't have anything to worry about, as everything you need you are taking with you. And if not, not much to worry either as there are no liquid restrictions for babies. 

Toys: babies still don't play that much at this stage but it is always a good idea to bring a favourite toy  (and some more) to keep a baby entertained in case sleeping doesn't come easy.

Pacifier: v. important thing. Baby's ears can hurt during take off and landing due to the changes in air pressure and sucking on something will take some pressure off his or her little ears. If baby takes no paci, then bottle or breast will have to do - I personally find the idea of breastfeeding while take off/landing rather weird, what if the plane moves more than usual and baby bites way too much?!

Warm clothes and blanket: you know how it goes, always dress baby by layers. And more than ever when travelling, as you never know what the weather will be like when you arrive at your destination and much air co will be on the plane. So always better to take too much than too little.

Diapers and wet wipes: with all those changes in air pressure and altitude, baby's bowels seem to be working overtime up there. So never skimp on these, you can never have too many changing supplies.

Bib, hand towels, muslin cloths: even if you're a pro at feeding your baby, chances are that being cramped in a tiny space, the different surroundings and changes in temperature will make your baby a bit fussy and food and spillovers can end anywhere from your baby's face to your clothes.

Spare clothes: a body for baby and a t-shirt for you. See below, in such a tiny space it is easier than ever for baby to spit over both of you. Or you might find yourself in a poopy mess when you least expect it.

Patience and sense of humour: ditto. You never know when you'll find yourself in a poopy mess. 

Is there something I forgot? Some more advice to give?
Please let me know in your comments.

Have a lovely week!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

September 2015 - The Long Days With BabyGirl

"The days are long, but the years are short"
Gretchen Rubin, The Happiness Project

I read this book called The Happiness Project back in June after BabyGirl was born and this quote really resonated with me at the moment and it is now proving more and more meaningful as days go by.

In case you're wondering, the book is ok. The Happiness Project is a quick read with some good advice and a handful of inspiring quotes. The only minus point - and it is a big minus - is the author. She is not a very skilled writer and seems a rather shallow and irritating person. Like the kind of person who cannot be bothered to listen to her own daughters but one day decides to start laughing at their jokes just for the sake of keeping up with her happiness project resolutions, not because she thinks they are funny, witty, or anything like that. You get the idea. Who knows, maybe one day you meet in her in real life and she is a lovely lady but she didn't portrait herself like that at all in her book.

Anyway, I digress.

Days can be really long, especially with a baby at home. I remember the first weeks after BabyGirl was born and each single day would be an endless loop of diaper changing, feedings and rocking to sleep. I would collapse in bed at 9:30 pm the latest only to be woken up four hours later for the next feeding session. And I was really lucky because BabyGirl was a great eater and sleeper and gave me some four hours breaks since the beginning! And now three months have passed since those first exhausting weeks.

Yes, the days are long but time flies now and the last three months have gone in a whirl. I remember when I would put BabyGirl on my chest to help her sleep, her head on my cleavage and her feet on my hips. Nowadays her feet have long surpassed my hips and whenever she moves her head bumps on my chin (well, I'm only 5'2''). I remember how BabyGirl used to spend the evenings crying inconsolably, feeling overwhelmed after a long day of novelty. Oh, and I remember the funny faces she pulled whenever her bowels made a move, her lips pouting and her eyes wide open. Funnily enough, that was favourite face.

But the years are short and the long exhausting days are now gone and have been replacing by the long tiring days, which are a bit more manageable. The sleeping bond has been replaced by playing time together, the endless crying by a myriad of cooing sounds and the funny faces by smiles and laughters. The years are short but every long day is a learning adventure with BabyGirl and I love spending every single minute of them watching out for her new tricks.

So, baby or no baby around, I hope you are making the most of every long day you have.
Do you agree with this quote? 

Have a meaningful September!
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