These little babies flew across the country last week to sunny (well, sometimes sunny) California. It was their third airplane trip, so they aren't rookies at this. Mommy and Daddy are getting a little more prepared too. Here are a few tricks I learned to help traveling with 7 month old babes.
Preparation (warning-this is going to sound completely OCD):
I put together all of their outfits together in Ziploc bags, including socks, bows, tights, whatever would be needed for the entire outfit. This way, there is no rooting around looking for all of the pieces that go together. Anyone could grab a bag and have everything needed to dress both babies.
I bought food and separated it into days (I know you can travel with homemade baby food, but this Momma wasn't up for the challenge) and labeled each bag with the day.
Useful items for travel that went with us this time:
Bibsters-disposable bibs-great when you don't have a washing machine
Ground Clean Sheet-we didn't end up using it but I think this would be nice for hotel room floors
Gate Check Bags-we used these to put their car seats in when we checked them gate side, they come in handy when it is raining especially so that your car seat doesn't get dirty and soaked
Paci Clips-Soooo important. No one wants to give a baby a paci that has rolled around on the floor of an airplane
Dapple-I thought I was just getting a travel size dishwashing liquid but this stuff smells silly good
Now, about the trip. We went to Cali for a wedding, Ryan was a groomsman. Our friends, Whitney and Ryan got married in wine country in a little town outside of Santa Barbara, Solvang. Did I mention Ry's mom went with us to take care of the babes while we enjoyed the rehearsal dinner and wedding?! Because she did. Mothers-in-law, take note. So while Ry did groomsman activities we walked around Solvang, had killer Belgian waffles, took a drive into Santa Barbara, walked around the pier and generally just had a nice time.
The wedding was lovely, it rained out their outdoor plans but I actually think the indoor option was better, it was a cozy barrel room at the winery.
A Kentucky Derby themed rehearsal dinner the night before:
Lauren carried on my hat for me. Babies, diaper bag, stroller, car seats...Derby hat? Nope. Couldn't have happened.
We had a great time at the reception, I needed a night of friends and dancing.
Not many of my pics turned out from the wedding. So you will have to go to Whitney's blog to see the beautiful bride.
Is that the end? Umm, no. From California we flew to Arizona, where we met Ry's dad and they had business meetings and Teresa and I played some more. Bonus, I got a picture with the girls in front of a cactus.
We stayed at the Loews Ventana Canyon and I have to say they were very baby-friendly. They provided us with 2 pack-n-plays, a swing and a baby bath tub after a quick conversation with the concierge. And they had this delicious spiced hot chocolate, which they said was just cinnamon and nutmeg. I beg to differ. I came home and added these spices to my normal hot chocolate and it was not nearly as magical.