As excited as I am, I am also a little nervous about traveling with Natalie without Brandon, not because Natalie is a tough baby (because she isn't), but because this is unchartered territory. I don't know much about this whole process so of course I have started planning, reading up on the TSA website and some baby blogs and figuring out details months in advance. On the upside, I will have my mom with me for the flight to Florida. She is coming up at the end of February to help care for Nat like Lori has done.
I have been warned about flying with small humans. Both my older sister and one of the pharmacy reps I work with gave me the same warning: beware of the baby blow out. Apparently my nephew and Jeff's son Cooper both had blow outs during the landing portion of their flights. Crap. Literally. Knowledge is power and I have come up with a plan that I think is fairly genius. It might not be completely sane or even comfortable for Natalie, but it will help aid in the possible blow-out clean up and I am sure that Nattie can appreciate that. I am going to take a puppy pad (it's ok to start judging me) and cut arm holes. Then after putting a diaper on Natalie, I am going to wrap the puppy pad around her then dress her. That will help contain the blow out - provided it even happens... which it will because it's just my luck.
The TSA has very basic general information on their website that I found incredibly helpful. Little things like knowing Natalie won't have to take her shoes off to go through security and that I can gate check the stroller ease a lot of anxiety. Babycenter.com has two articles that I found helpful. One was on traveling with a newborn to 8-month old and the other was a checklist for packing. And I love a good checklist.
That being said I have started to make a checklist of things to do, yes I know it's over a month away, in order to help me prepare:
- Use my thirty-one Cindy tote as my diaper bag - something I really should be doing anyways - and have it double as my carry-on. It's a bit bigger than my current diaper bag and the straps are a bit longer and more comfortable. I think, overall, it will be easier to organize and carry. (Plus, I love that it is monogrammed)
- Buy diapers/wipes/formula online and have it shipped to my parents house. This will save me tons of room in my bag, means less I have to pack and gives me the comfort of knowing that I have things ready to go at my parents house.
- Start putting aside things that we don't use every day that I want to bring with us. I have several outfits already picked out in my head (plus her bathing suit!) that I can start to put aside for Natalie's bag.
Find a place where I can rent a pack-n-play for Natalie to sleep in for the week. I will obviously compare the cost to that of purchasing something, but want to know all my possible options.I looked into this and it was cheaper for me to BUY a pack-n-play for my parents house. This will be nice to use whenever we go down there for the next 3 years... maybe longer if we have another one :)