- 5 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Hello my fellow bees! I’m currently 22 weeks pregnant with our first, which puts me due Sept 18. I’m hoping to work right up until delivery and then take my full 12 weeks of FMLA. My husband is then going to take his 12 weeks of FMLA once I head back to work. The current plan is that we will overlap our FMLA by about 2 weeks and we’re strongly considering going to stay at my grandmother’s condo in Fort Lauderdale for the first week of overlap, then just hanging out at home for the second week of overlap.
This would mean we would be flying from OH/KY to FL with a 10 week old. There are some direct flights that we would probably try to get, especially since we don’t need to fly on a particular day. We wouldn’t book flights until after the birth since we don’t know when, exactly, that’s going to happen, but if I’m close to my due date we’d be looking at late Novemeber/early December. We’re pretty experienced travelers, but this will be our first with baby.
I’ve been visiting my grandmother (and her mother before her) in this condo since I was a little child, so I know the area very well. Her condo walks out to the pool and is a block from the beach. I’ve been dozens of times and my husband has been with me twice. We’d plan on a pretty relaxed schedule. Lots of sitting by the pool. Maybe some walks to the beach. There’s a butterfly zoo that my husband hasn’t been to, that I thought would be good with a baby. She’s got a kitchen where we can make most of our meals.
Normally my grandmother comes back to KY from Thanksgiving to Christmas, so she typically wouldn’t be in Florida during this time period, but she’s very excited about the new baby, so I’d guess she’d want to be there when we go down, but I haven’t discussed it with her. On the one hand, it’s a one bedroom, so it would be tight with three adults and a baby. We’ve done it before with my husband and I and my grandmother and it worked out fine (she lets us have her bed and she sleeps on the couch – this is what she does whenever she has guests, which is pretty regularly). But babies are loud and have lots of stuff, so it would definitely be tighter and potentially more annoyng for her. On the other hand, if she was there, she would get to spend lots of time with her new great-grandchild, which I think she would like. Plus, she could watch baby for a couple hours at a time while my husband and I go get dinner or something like that. So pros and cons to her being there, but I think either way would work. Whether she’s there or not, she keeps a car there that we could use.
SO – my questions for my lovely bees – are we completely crazy? Only a little bit? Do you think there’s a significant advantage to my grandmother being there vs not being there? What tips do you have for traveling with a baby that’s around 10 weeks old? What do we need to be sure to bring? And what should we buy there?
My thoughts are that we will need to bring:
- Car seat (without base, we’ll use the safety belt to attach)
- Baby carrier
- Portable bassinet (we registered for this: http://www.toysrus.com/product/index.jsp?productId=11345255&fromRegistryNumber=56452726&product_skn=626830′ defer=’defer )
- Diaper bag (has changing pad, rash cream, sunscreen, wipes, but buy the diapers there)
- Clothes for baby (depending on weather) plus bibs/burp clothes
- baby blanket
- monitor (so that we can sit by the pool while baby s napping)
I’m hoping to be breastfeeding, but we’ll have to see how that’s going at that point. But if breastfeeding is going well, do you think I need to bring the pump/bottles? I’d definitely plan to feed (breast or bottle) during take off/landing to help with altitide adjustment. What else should we plan on bringing? I’m sure we’ll have a better idea when we get closer, but I’m trying to think things through early and make sure we’re not biting off more than we can chew. My husband was actually talking about doing a real trip to somewhere we’ve never been, but I’m afraid that might be too overwhelming at 10 weeks, but I think a trip to grandma’s condo will be a good compromise. We’re great travelers, but we’re going to be new parents, so we’ll take all the advice we can get!