December 20th, 2012. THE most beautiful and fun beach wedding ever. My second youngest sister got married and boy, did we have a blast in paradise! On the beach. With a 10 week old. Yep, we managed to get through all 4 days, including a 12 hour stretch of travel successfully. If you don’t have a very fussy baby and this doesn’t seem like a big deal to you then…boo to you. Kidding, kidding! I realize that to some this may not seems like a big accomplishment, but to Anil and I, parents to the fussiest and most difficult baby I have ever met, this was a HUGE milestone. Here are some of my new best friends that made this happen:
1. Our stroller. We are proud owners of the Britax B-Safe carseat and B-Agile stroller. The stroller is SO compact, light, and super easy to assemble. It’s fantastic for airports and gate valet check-ins. I seriously don’t know what we’d do without it. Not only was it a breeze to take Dilan everywhere, but he also slept fantastically in his car seat for all naps and even at night! There are probably even lighter (and more expensive) strollers out there, but this mid-range one did the trick for us.
2. My nursing cover. I’m proud to say that after almost three months, we’re still going strong with exclusively breastfeeding. I know that’s really not that long, but every day that I can keep this up is a win in my book. I’m not sure if I’ll be able to keep it up once work starts, but I’m really glad that we kept things going for at least this long, especially because breastfeeding can be one of the hardest things to do! The Bebe Au Lait (don’t you just love the name?!) nursing cover is a bit tricky to use at first (position baby, pull down / unbutton shirt without flashing the whole world, latch, and feed), but once you get the hang of it, it’s really wonderful because there are no bottles that need to be warmed or prepared ahead of time. You simply feed on demand. I fed in restaurants, on all flights (get the window seat to make this easier!), in airports, on the bus, and even on the beach at night while we were doing speeches during the beach reception. I have to thank Anil for helping me out and fully supporting me with this. And for getting Dilan out of the nursing cover when I was done, even though he farts every time you pick him up.
3. Our labeled diaper bag. I absolutely love our Skip Hop diaper bag. It’s got just enough space to hold at least 8 – 10 diapers, my nursing cover, 3 extra outfits, diaper cream, toys, pacifiers, a bottle or two, and even a few personal items. The best part about this is that it doesn’t scream “diaper bag” and it actually looks kind of stylish. For our trip to Jamaica, I labeled each outside pocket by writing on tape with a Sharpie. This way, when I quickly needed a burpy cloth but couldn’t reach for it myself, all I had to tell Anil was “get me the burpy cloth in B1, please”. It worked like a charm and I highly recommend it, especially if you’re traveling with someone else and your diaper bag has a gazillion pockets.
No mommy musing blog post of mine is complete without a thank you! A big thank you goes out to my wonderful family and especially to Shresta and Grayson for getting married. We had been to the all-inclusive resort twice before, but loved the wedding and our trip just as much the third time around, all thanks to them. They sure know how to get married in style. And…we sure know what to do the next time we travel with the fussiest baby on the block.