Hey blogosphere! Long-time no see. Sorry if you've been loyally checking in and not finding any new posts, but between my wireless internet cutting out, misplacing my camera cord, and focusing on our first family adventure, I haven't had much opportunity to update ya'll. Why the ya'll, you ask? Well, we are currenty wrapping up Ella B's first trip to Alabama, home of darn good barbecue and ridiculously hot weather. We came down to visit Michael's brother, sister-in-law, niece, and mother who all met the Beeze for the very first time.
Now, you might imagine that I was a little nervous about taking her so far from home and, I was especially worried about the plane ride considering she generally travels about as well as a pair of linen pants. But, much to my surprise, she did quite well for a sixteen-month-old. We were able to time the plane rides just right so that she slept on the longer flight and hung out for the shorter one. The only thing she didn't like was when I had to hold her in my lap during take off and landing. Otherwise, she thought that looking out the window and at the people sitting behind us was pretty cool.
There are a few tings that made the travel much easier for us that I would recommend to any parents of toddlerish people.
1. Buy your baby her own seat: I know that this sounds like a frivolous expense, but for us it was the right decision. Ella loved having her own seat in between mommy and daddy and it gave all of us more room since she doesn't actually take up an entire seat. It also eliminated the possibilty of having to sit next to a stranger who Ella B would have been poking at for two hours ("Yes, that is his nose, please stop touching him now").
2. Get a portable DVD player and her favorite show or movie: This thing has been a lifesaver. We didn't show it to her until we got on the plane, so it was a huge novelty. As you can see from the picture, she was mesmorized. Thank God for Wubbzy is all I have to say. It was also great once we go down here because she could watch Wubbzy whenever she needed to without punishing everyone else in the house.
3. Benadryl. That's all I will say about that.
So, overall the trip down was pretty smooth. I've got lots of pictures and stories of our adventures to come, so stay tuned!