During this latest travel adventure, I was sitting next -to - and responsible for -- the smelly traveler. Our then 5 month old baby decided to smell up our very small plane and then fall asleep while starting our travels to Washington, D.C.
|Riding on my first flight in style with my frog jammies.|
|Do we wake the sleeping, smelly baby?!?!|
Despite starting out the trip on a foul foot, our short family trip to Washington, D.C. was extremely successful and very stress-free. JC and I discovered team work, time and baby crisis management, while Anderson took in her first museums, plane rides and hotel stays. We saw and learned fascinating things about U.S. history. We also found out that we have a little traveler on our hands as she did a wonderful job tagging along with us through the sites of D.C.
|"Seriously, it is way too early to be up Mom!"|
|Family "selfie" -- Anderson loved flying.|
The Air and Space Museum, National Archives Museum, various monuments during the day and night and a White House Tour were all part of our quick D.C. trip.
|At the Air and Space Museum.|
1.) Plan ahead! Know if you need to bring sheets for a crib if staying in a hotel -- or even if the hotel has a crib, among other things.
2.) Research transportation. Even though D.C. has great public transportation we decided to get a car to drive to the various museums and places we were visiting since we stayed a few miles from downtown. Trying to learn a public transportation system, in the winter with a 5 month old, was not what I wanted to deal with on vacation.
3.) Be flexible. Luckily Anderson is a very calm, laid back baby, which allowed us the ability to leisurely browse through museums; however when she was ready to eat we had to meet her needs, even if we weren't hungry or ready to go!
4.) Be prepared for a "new" way of traveling. JC and I have been traveling together for years now. We both love exploring and learning about various things during our travels. We also love taking in a few local eateries and watering holes. Many of those things that we used to do while traveling no longer happened during this trip.
5.) Enjoy the moment! I was so thankful to be able to take Anderson to a new, exciting place while she was young. She may not remember or enjoy the vacation like we did -- but for us, it is a vacation that we will always remember and cherish.