The last time dh and I went on a legit vacation was 4 years ago when we didn't have kids. My extended family goes to Florida every year and up until I got married I had gone every year for 18 years in a row! Long story short, we moved to Colorado (everyone else lives in Ohio) and so all our vacation time/money has gone to visiting Ohio rather than going on vacation.
This year we are making it happen! Dh's sister who lives near us is getting married in January, so we'll get to see all dh's extended family then, so I don't feel as bad skipping Ohio this year and just going to Florida with my fam.
So! I need advice! Sol (ds1 who is 3) has flown before and is a champ in general. This will be Ezra's first flight (and really first travel more than an hour from home). Anybody have experience traveling with little ones?
Florida is 2 hours ahead of us, so I'm not sure if I should try to get the boys on Florida time (we're only going for a week) or just let them stay up late/sleep late. Like 7:30 is bedtime, but 7:30 our time is 9:30 Florida time. My boys are generally happy, go with the flow dudes... but should I make it a point to try to stick to our normal routine? Or should I just let it go and let them get out of routine because it's a special vacation?
Also, we spend a huge chunk of our time in the pool (the house we stay at has a private one). Is 6 months too little to be in the pool? I don't think we took Sol swimming until he was more like a year old. Would it be best to carry Ezra in the pool? Sling? Get him a floaty seat?
I have some sunscreen that I don't hate because it's rated the best in terms of chemicals and such... but I'd still prefer long sleeves/shade over sunscreen, especially for Ezra. We rented a big beach umbrella so we can try to keep in the shade a lot... do you think that will work? We will be outside unless we are eating or sleeping.
Oh my word I'm sorry for all the questions! Last one: besides nursing on takeoff and landing, and keeping Ezra in our favorite sling, do you have any other advice for airplane travel with a little one? What about packing? Am I crazy to want to take his Bumbo and playmat? I don't want to go overboard on packing for just a week, but I also don't want to be wishing I had brought something along.
Any and all advice appreciated!