Lessons Learned from Traveling with a 9-month-old Baby

That long pause was me taking my 6-year-old son and 9-month-old daughter to a work conference in New York City … about blogging.

I took Etani because it was his turn to come on a trip with me. We have a lot of family in New York City and he got to spend lots of time with his cousins.

“We should stay for three weeks,” he declared, sorry when it was time to go home.

Thunderstorms in Denver diverted us to Wichita, Kansas, and we missed our connection back to Oregon. It was almost midnight last night when we checked into an understaffed hotel 25 minutes from the airport.

I’ve learned a lot from this trip, though not as much as I’d hoped about social media and the new ecosystem of the blogosphere.

#1: Traveling with a 9-month-old is a lot harder than traveling with the same baby four months earlier.

#2: Traveling with an almost 7-year-old who jumps out of bed in the morning (jet lag begone!) is much easier than traveling with a just 11-year-old who can barely open her eyes before 10:00 a.m. (and has an attitude to accompany her somnolence).

#3: Borrowing your husband’s iPhone and thinking you can write work emails, blog posts, tweets, and Facebook updates on it is stupid.

#4: Tying with your thumbs on said iPhone while lying down and nursing a jetlagged baby is a good way to get carpal tunnel in your right arm.

#5: If you take your friend up on free tickets to a Broadway musical, you have to live with the guilt of knowing the baby was inconsolable with grandma while you were gone.

#6: It’s worth it to go to the Broadway musical, despite the guilt.

#7: I love the East Coast and was happy to visit but I’m glad we decided to move to a small city in southern Oregon where there is no sticky humidity, bloodthirsty mosquitoes, or honking yellow taxis.

#8: A baby who has not pooped in five days will not just poop once, or twice, or three times when she finally decides to go…

#9: A baby who has never eaten raisins and tries some for the first time will not digest the raisins but will instead excrete them in blueberry form just a few hours after she has eaten them.

#10: One key to traveling with cloth diapers is to know when and where you will do laundry (see #8).

#11: Another key to traveling with cloth diapers is to use Elimination Communication (EC) to catch all the poops, the substance, consistency, and contents of which you can then write about (see #9).

What lessons have you learned from traveling solo with a child or two in tow?

Come back tomorrow to see a photo gallery of the trip!


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