|Yayoi Kusama Installation at the Marciano Art Foundation|
Our daughter was two months old on her first family vacation. We drove three hours north from Portland to Seattle and spent the weekend with some friends. She slept on a mat on the floor (she wasn't rolling yet) and I breastfed her during the day and bottle fed her at night with milk stored in a mini fridge in the room. It was one of the most relaxing and fun vacations we ever had.
But it also gave me the impression that traveling with a baby was easy.
I could not imagine then what life would be like once my daughter started crawling and climbing and eating solid foods and demanding certain toys.
This reality manifested on our first trip to Los Angeles, when she was eight months old.
I was very nervous about the two hour flight, but that was the easiest things of all! Much harder was getting her to sleep at night, and making sure we packed enough snacks and food during the day.
While the amount of luggage for the baby increased, the amount of luggage for me decreased. I left my laptop, books, and multiple outfits at home. I knew I would not have time for all that.
- an elevator (so I don't have to carry her up the stairs)
- a washer and dryer (because babies are messy and I don't want to bring 100 pairs of clothes)
- concrete walls (so people won't hear her crying at night
- walking distance to convenience stores (in case we need water or other things in the middle of the night)
- dark and quiet (because street noise and sunlight will wake the baby too early!)
I am pleased to say that we were still able to do many of the things we loved doing when we were just a couple. We were able to eat at our favorite Korean BBQ buffet, visit cool cafes, eat at a Michele-star restaurant (outside on their empty patio), and visit our favorite museum (the Marciano Art Foundation).
While we made a few mistakes (not putting the baby in a pack-and-play on the first night, and keeping her out too late one night), we had a really excellent trip and we did almost everything on our list.