This trip was taken in October 2016…it just took me THIS long to post this!🙈
My sister (in law) Miranda and I had been living off of Facetime dates and phone calls, since she moved from Minnesota, to the beautiful land of the palm trees-Florida. I’d been talking about wanting to come visit her since she moved in the summer of 2015, for her husbands continued schooling. I got pregnant with Eden that summer and the hopes of coming down to see her became slimmer as life became more hectic with a baby.
We got out of the newborn stage and thoughts about visiting became more realistic. My husband planned a hunting trip with some of his friends and we decided it would be the perfect time to plan the trip, as I would have just been home alone as it is. Let me tell you- flying alone on a plane with a baby was NOT fun (in my experience), but it was worth it! Yogurt melts saved my butt on the way home, but I think I got plenty of eye rolls on the flight there.
We made it through our flight and landed safely into glorious 75 degree weather. It ended up raining almost the entire week and all of us ended up getting flu (that’s super fun when you’re on vacation). But it was the most fun I’ve had in the longest time. There’s very few people that I can relate to and get along with as well as Miranda. She’s my soul sister and there’s no one I would have rather spent the week with, eating chicken noodle soup and crackers.
In between our sick days and rain days, we still managed to do some fun things and create beautiful memories. We made it to the beach quite a few times, went to a “Florida famous” cinnamon roll bakery, made our own textile (still working on perfecting this), and had a beautiful day in the city. We learned that peacocks roam the beaches and seagulls are much friendlier than we thought.
It was the most relaxing and beautiful trip. It was so wonderful to make so many memories with my sister and to have Eden to share those memories with meant the world to me. She won’t remember our trip, but I will never forget her new little exposures and experiences. We may have been sick and it may have been rainy, but this trip taught me that it’s not what you’re doing that makes something fun, its the people you’re with.
I thought I would leave you with a few flying tips if you’re planning a trip with a baby.
Flying tip #1- The changing table in the bathrooms is always the bathroom on the right (I learned this after changing Eden on the lid of the toilet seat on the left side).
Tip #2- You are able to bring a bottle of milk on the plane. I didn’t know this on the way there as they have the 3oz rule and thought bottles applied to that. I ended up buying a cold bottle of water at the airport and making a bottle with that. I then had to wait till the flight attendants brought out the refreshments, to get hot water, so I could warm the bottle. This was about an hour into the flight and Eden was NOT having the whole “cold bottle” thing. I thankfully learned that bottles were an exception to that rule before flying back and it made a world of difference.
Tip #3- Some airlines allow you to skip the line in security if you’re carrying a baby. Thus you may end up getting to your gate much easier than expected. I would make sure to bring lots of things to distract your baby just in case you end up having to wait for a long time.
Tip #4- Most airlines allow you take your car seat and stroller along without an extra charge. You can either check them with your baggage or at your gate. I found that putting Eden in my sling and carrying her around was easier than taking the stroller and car seat through security. Security wants you to take your baby out and search your car seat and stroller (my car seat fits in the stroller), which I thought was more of hassle dealing with than just the carrier.
Thanks so much for reading!