I brought my computer on our annual Laguna Beach trip this year (past Laguna trips can be seen here: 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013). The plan was to post a couple times on our trip, but that plan was made before I had experienced traveling with a baby haha. I didn’t have time to touch my computer once. Or time to even think about picking up the book I brought.
At home we’ve had 4 months now to adjust to life with baby and develop a routine, but on vacation I felt like I was fighting against how vacation life used to be and how vacation life is with a baby.
While there were so many good moments on vacation, there were also tough moments…like when I yelled, “WHAT THE F…?!!!!” at Andrew when I needed more support and he wasn’t helping me enough. At the time we both were in dire need of AphukenbrakE. (<– have you seen that video? lol) Motherhood is filled with the highest highs I’ve ever felt and the lowest lows I’ve ever felt.
The best part of the trip was that my whole family was there. Mom, Dad, Tata (my grandma), Layne & Marco, Quinn & Derek (her fiancé), and, obviously, Andrew + Jojo. This year was made extra special because Marco’s parents flew over from Italy. They only speak Italian, so there was a language barrier…but Layne & Marco both speak English + Italian so they could help translate. But fortunately everyone speaks baby lol. Here’s the whole gang:
We flew in Saturday and this little monkey toy was such a lifesaver. It’s called a Nuby (<–affiliate link) and it kept Jojo entertained for hours.
I fed her on takeoff and landing to help her keep swallowing and deal with the pressure change. She did great on the flight. I was stressed having to keep her entertained with the 2 hour delay we had, but eventually we both took a baby 30 minute nap in a super comfy position…
Sunday morning I took my new favorite photo of Andrew and Jojo <3
Then we spent the rest of the day wandering around town to see what had changed since last year and stopping as needed to feed baby girl.
On Monday I had an adult temper tantrum (aka handing your child to your mom and going to get a hair cut).
I went to this place that was within walking distance of where we stay called Belo, which was a blowout bar that also did haircuts. If you go for a blowout you just tell them which hairstyle you want from the menu below. I thought that was such a cool idea and makes me wanna find a blowout bar who does something similar in Houston. I always have this idea that one day I’ll start caring about my hair…but it never actually happens.
Tuesday we took a boat ride across the ocean to Catalina, an island 20ish miles off the coast. When we’re in Laguna we usually do one big outing, either Catalina or Disneyland. My mom took the below photo and Jojo’s little “i’m number one” finger is hilarious. Currently she is the only grandkid on both sides of our family, so she is pretty accurate in her “i’m #1” thinking. And, Pickles-Pudding…if you’re reading this…HAPPY BIRTHDAY! WE LOVE YOU!
Also, her hair looks red in some of these pictures, but it’s not in person!
I love love love seeing my sisters with Jojo.
Wednesday we spent some time on the beach.
And took family photos on a rock we call picture rock.
Notice the above spit bubble lol^^^
Thursday we did a family walk in the morning. My dad had been wanting to wear Jo in the Ergobaby the entire trip…so he was pumped to carry her.
Then Jojo jumped and jumped and jumped in her little jumper (<–affiliate link).
Friday we flew home. Jo surprised us and slept the entire 2 1/2 hour flight home. I think she was exhausted from the trip.
I’ll be sharing some food highlights from the trip later this week!
Have you ever traveled with a baby? Do you find it easy or tough? I imagine some of you with multiple kids are super experienced and may feel traveling with just one baby is easy peasy.