My Summer Vacation Worries

Helloooo June!  The school year is all but over, summer vacation is at my doorstep, and baby girl is finally figuring out the whole sun/outdoors thing.  This summer is going to be a special one, full of firsts.  Baby’s first trip to the beach, first outdoor concert, first sundress, first splashes in the kiddie pool.  One really important one is our first family vacation.  Of course, being the smart, reasonable, and caring parents that we are, my husband and I decided that it would be a great idea to go to South Florida for ten days in July.  Actually, we really didn’t have a choice considering that the majority of my husband’s family is down there, and everyone either hasn’t seen the baby in six months or has never met her! Mom confession time: I am a big time worrier, like major league, world series champ worrier.  Needless to say, there are MANY things I am worried about with this trip.  Here are some of the big ones:

The Packing.  How do I begin to know what to pack for a ten-day trip with baby?  By starting a list weeks ahead of time, that’s how.  Every night when I’m rocking baby to sleep, I think about what horror might descend upon us if we forgot her bedtime seahorse.  So I started a list that I add to when I think of another random thing.  Things I added to the list today include Tylenol AND ibuprofen, the NoseFrida in case she gets a cold while we’re there, nail clippers, and her birth certificate.  Will she need that?  Should I also pack her social security card or just memorize the number before we go?  How many bottles should I bring, and where the heck will we store them in their tiny kitchen?  Do I pack stuff like baby bowls/spoons/sippy cups, or do we buy them there?  In general, what stuff should I be waiting to buy in Florida?

My packing list... So far.
My packing list… So far.

The Heat.  And I have never experienced Florida summer – but I was in Miami for Memorial Day a few years ago, and it felt like the inside of an erupting volcano.  Needless to say, I’m a little worried about my little translucent-skinned Connecticut baby being exposed to that.  Will she spontaneously burst into flames?  Who will care for her if I spontaneously burst into flames?  How do you dress a baby for scorching heat and oppressive humidity?  Are there stroller/carseat canopies I can buy that will shield her from the sun if we have to go out?  If such a thing does exist, won’t it suffocate/bake her?

The Airplane.  The plane ride itself is an obvious concern.  I have mentioned this to many people, ALL of whom have reassured me and told me how great their babies did/do on an airplane.  Funny because there seems to be a crying baby on almost every flight – so then who are these unlucky people, and why don’t I know any of them?   Who will be that unfortunate person who has to share a row with us on the flight, and how do I stop myself from being rude to them when they give us the stink eye?  How do I sit next to someone I’ve been incredibly rude to for three hours?  How do I get my independent woman to sleep when she really wants to be put down?  Is there really room to change a baby in an airplane bathroom?  Will I think saving a couple hundred bucks will be worth not buying her a seat when the flight is over?

Make trouble on a plane... Who, me?
Make trouble on a plane… Who, me?

My In-Laws.  I wrote a few months ago about the great visit we had with some of my in-laws over Christmas.  They are legitimately wonderful people, but the language barrier does make things awkward and confusing at times, especially when I’m on their turf instead of my own.  I guess my main concern with them is, what if baby takes a while to warm up to them?  Or on the other hand, what if she takes to them too quickly and gets continually passed around for ten days?  What if they want to babysit?  What if they walk in on me pumping?  What if they get her ears pierced behind our backs???

Of course, intellectually I know that humanity won’t implode if we forget the damn seahorse or something, and the trip is going to be fun – tiring, but fun – and we’ll be really glad we went and we will be sad and missing Cuban food and family when we get back.  But… you know, mommy panic.  As always, thanks for indulging me, readers.  I welcome any stories or tips you have about traveling with baby!  How did your first time go?

6 thoughts on “My Summer Vacation Worries

  1. Order supplies online and have delivered to your family’s house in fl. (Diapers baby food formula) (or if you trust them, send them shopping for you in advance)

  2. Just remember:
    a) You’ll never see the other people on that flight again, so if she screams, don’t stress 🙂

    b) You can definitely buy things there! Diapers, formula, even bottles– if you run out, they’ll have it at their Targets, so no worries. We also travel to see family a LOT and I usually just packed enough diapers, snacks and maybe 2 changes of clothes to get us through the flight, then shop when we arrive. As for clothes…onesies haha. Poor Josh (May baby) wore NOTHING but onesies the entire summer (it was that crazy-hot summer we had here with over a week past 100 degrees).

    She (and you) will have SO much fun visiting everyone!!! Enjoy!!

  3. Oh my gosh I love you. I flew for the first time with Lills last August and I was SO NERVOUS. We were going to Florida too, interestingly! That’s where my parents live. She did great most of the plane ride but I will admit there were one or two times that she had a bit of a tantrum. She did much better than I thought she would though. I’m sure everything will be OK, but it’s hard to not worry about all of this stuff. I just bought some of the stuff I needed while I was down there – like swim diapers etc. Don’t worry too much about forgetting to bring something, you can always pick it up!

  4. Emily, don’t feel you need to bring everything but the kitchen sink. Minimize! Florida has pharmacies and big box stores if needed. We flew with an infant and toddler a few months ago. While travelling with one baby now seems like a breeze, we learned our lessons (I blogged about them here: Also, don’t count on changing a baby on the plane. Change her right before boarding. For long flights, put two diapers on her, but travel to Florida shouldn’t warrant that. Most importantly, take advantage of your doting in-laws and have fun!!

  5. Oh you know I am right there with you on travel worries! It sounds like an amazing trip and it will be great to have family around to help play/take care of the baby so you can enjoy vacation time too. As for the flight – My baby did cry and roam the aisles on flights we’ve been on, but I was amazed by the kindness of strangers. One couple got my daughter to stop crying during take-off by playing a game of peek-a-boo with her. It was so sweet! And there is a fold out changing table in those tiny bathrooms. I just laid a towel down on it and changed my daughter. Bring lots of wipes and hand sanitizer! Wishing you all the best in your journey 🙂

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