Travel is Stressful When You Are Almost One

Madeline is a pretty good traveler.  She doesn’t mind the car, even for long trips.

But she does find sleeping in new places hard.  We left NY bright and early yesterday morning and all was well.  We arrived at Bubbe Forman’s house a little after 1pm and gave her a bottle and tried to put her down for a nap.  She was having none of it.  We figured it was the lack of any sort of crib and the overall excitement of the day.

But things did not improve when we arrived at our hotel a little after 7:30pm (after dinner with Zeyde and Uncle Craig).  She had her bottle but had less than no interest in sleeping the in the Pack and Play in this strange place.  She cried and cried, which she almost never does.  Finally I laid down on the bed with her.  Which worked, except I feel asleep too.  When I woke up and tried to extricate myself she woke up and started crying again.  The only answer was to let her sleep with us.  Ugh.  Bad, bad night for Mommy and Daddy, though Madeline seemed happy as a pig in you-know-what.

The good news is that as I type this in the hotel biz center she is upstairs in the Pack and Play.  She wasn’t napping when I left, but she also wasn’t crying.  This bodes well for tonight. 

I think next time we come up I am going to plan to come to the hotel first and give her time to play and acclimate.  Once the surroundings feel a little familiar she seems to do okay.  I think we would have saved ourselves a bad night if we’d planned a little better.  Preston disagrees with this theory.  We’ll see.

In any event, travel is stressful for babies.  They don’t know where they are or why and you can’t explain it to them.  And they can’t explain to you how they feel.

But we are here and ready for a turkey feast!  We are going to give her tastes of everything today, so it should be a treat for all.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Babies R(ip) Us (Off)

Madeline is getting very close to outgrowing her infant car seat, so Sunday seemed like a good day to go get her a new big-girl car seat.

I still find Babies R Us a very overwhelming experience.  I have been doing this Mom thing for nearly a year now and yet I still find dazzling new ways to screw up.  To wit:

1. I decided she needed some cute new short-sleeved onesies.  Since I’ve been buying 18-month size in everything I got the Carther’s 18-month onesies, completely forgetting that she is now wearing the 9-month size.  I basically just skipped the 12-month size.

2. Meanwhile I picked up a package of 18-month size blanket sleepers by Gerber.  I got home, opened the package and was completely flummoxed — these aren’t going to fit her!  They are way too short.  They are roughly the same size as the 12-month sleepers from Target, which she is too big for now.

Oy.

Meanwhile I also bought her a BundleMe.  Our nanny has been asking us to get one of these since she started.  It is cool and should keep Maddie nice and toasty through the winter.

Maddie was a trooper through the whole adventure even though it meant she missed her morning nap.

(By the way, Preston gets credit for the post’s title.)

New Sweater and New Photos

Last week our nanny was on vacation.  It wasn’t a week that Preston or I could take much time off, so Nana came to the rescue.  I think both Nana and Maddie had fun.  And I was able to take Friday off and spend the whole day with my girl, which was heavenly.

Meanwhile, Nana knit Maddie an absolutely gorgeous sweater with matching hat … These pictures don’t really do them justice, but you’ll get the idea:

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Here’s a cute close up …

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And here’s a cute picture of Preston reading to Maddie. I tried to get a picture of Maddie watching the pages with a look of intense concentration. Unfortunately the second the camera comes out Maddie looks up and smiles. If she becomes a model I’ll really have no one to blame …

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Maddie the monkey

Maddie was a monkey for Halloween. She was non-plussed about all this Halloween stuff. She knows not of candy.

Where we live the tradition is a Halloween party where the kids get sugar super-charged and then go up and down the halls mob-like for candy. 

Maddie didn’t make it. She likes her 7 p.m. diaper change, teeth cleaning, bottle routine. She was fast asleep by the time the hoard reached us.

Great photos from Halloween are here. There are other photos also on Google.