|Every kid needs their own FlightMemory!|
I used to do a feature on this blog every week called Flashback Friday where I'd dedicate a post to looking back at a past experience; you may or may not have noticed that stopped about 2 weeks ago. Due to the increasing demands of motherhood and having a little guy that naps less and wants to play more, being able to produce content on a reliable schedule has become nearly impossible. So in honor of CJ turning 1, the blog is getting an "enhancement" ...but it's one that I think you will like. Instead of limiting these sorts of posts to just one day or the week, they're fair game any time I have the time...so hello Flashback Wednesday! Today- looking back at year one of traveling with baby.
CJ's First Overnight Trip
When CJ was 3 weeks old we took our first overnight trip to Lake Tahoe. Having missed out on the early part of the ski season due to being extremely pregnant and all, I couldn't wait to get back on the slopes. Anyone who has had a baby is probably well-aware that you're supposed to wait 6 weeks before you resume any physical activity. Yeah, that didn't happen. I was lucky to have a very healthy pregnancy and an uncomplicated labor and delivery; I felt up to it, so with or without doctor's blessing, I was going skiing.
Baby CJ Goes to Maui
Our son CJ made 4 trips to Hawaii before he was a year old, tying my first-year-of-life record. While I was only a couple weeks old when I first went, He made his first trip to Maui at 3 months. I wanted to wait to get him on the plane until after his first round of shots. Then we got him ready by going on a 4 hour road trip to visit grandpa the week before. After that we were convinced he could handle the 5 hour flight to Hawaii. Traveling with a 3 month old was actually pretty easy, considering he slept for most of the journey. CJ's first trip to Maui, brought his first visit to Baby Beach. Getting to see my son play in the sand at the exact same place I did at his age, and teaching him to swim right there where I learned has been such a thrill.
|Playing with Dad in the Airport|
Wyoming and Back, Again
For our first trip to Wyoming over the summer, baby CJ, my husband, my dad, Shiloh the yellow lab, and I all drove together. When we went back a few weeks later, CJ and I decided to fly. Not that a road trip across 5 states with a dog and a baby isn't super-fun and everything...I just thought that driving to San Francisco, getting stuck in Bay Area traffic, and checking-in at the airport 30 minutes before our departure while traveling alone with baby would be even more fun! As bad as all that sounds, it actually wasn't and after surviving all it, I gained a lot of confidence. CJ's trips to Wyoming also came with visits to Nevada, Utah, and Idaho, his first rodeo, and first trips to a fireworks store, a truck stop, and a ghost town.
|Alright, This Might Be My First Rodeo|
You can read all the juicy details in my post Breaking Up with United (I'll spare you a rehash), but to make a long story short, we're now an Alaska Airlines family. CJ picked up his very own Volunteered Denied Boarding (VDB) voucher and quite a few Customer Relations e-certs but it wasn't enough to keep us from leaving United at the end of last year. I'm still planning on using the certs to continue my mileage running quest to become a Million Miler on United, but as a family we've moved on to a better place. Along with operating a direct flight from Sacramento to Maui, it turns out Alaska Airlines (and partners) are the perfect compliment to United and the Star Alliance. A ton of new destinations have opened up to us along with a whole new world or miles-and-points earning opportunities. Without the baby, I never would have been inspired to leave an airline I've been flying with my whole life, thanks CJ!
|We love Alaska!|
Other parents are always curious and like to ask, so here's what we use (and what seems to work)-
|First Time at SMF|
We transitioned to a full-size Britax Marathon car seat at around 6 months. We then ordered a Go Go Kidz Travelmate to go along with it, but when it failed to show up in the mail before one of our trips to Maui, we had no other choice but to use our old gear. In case you were wondering...yes, you can still cram a 10 month old baby into an infant seat, but it isn't nice. At 22.5 pounds we were pushing it with the 23 pound weight-limit and a little guy like ours with wide shoulders and long legs isn't going to be happy with you for doing it. Luckily (for him I guess), he only sat there for take-off, landing, and the short drive to and from the airport. The rest of the time was spent crawling/jumping in our laps, standing in his seat, and looking out the window.
|Are we there yet?|
|This Is The Kid You Want to Sit Next to|
|Ready to go!|