While I don’t have it all figured out, and there is certainly more than one way to travel “successfully,” here are a few simple tips if you’re thinking about leaving your babe for the first time:
1. Pray & Trust.
So many of our worries are held in God’s hands. For me – it was the question of – what if we don’t make it back? This was a continual decision for me, not just a one-time thing.
2. Organize & Plan.
Whatever can be managed or planned ahead, do that. The week before our trip, I wrote everything imaginable down for Evie’s grandmas. It eased my mind, and hopefully they could ignore my obsessive bent towards details. Zach and I also had some serious discussions about wills, but we still need to put pen to paper on that. Any parents out there with advice about this?
3. Pump, Pump, & Pump some more.
As a nursing mom, this was the biggest necessity before and during our trip. I think I can say I found the nicest bathroom in the ATL airport to use, and although it isn’t the most romantic thing in the world, pumping gave us the flexibility to travel.
4. Pick & Choose.
For our big trip, we prioritized two things – relaxation and time outdoors. We weren’t as concerned with fancy restaurants, sightseeing, or adventures. We just wanted to soak in the sun, play outside, and feel some of the parenthood pressure slip for a few days.
5. Request Updates.
We spent an embarrassing amount of time in the airport looking through old pictures of our daughter because we missed her. Having our parents send us occasional video and photo updates helped us not feel overly disconnected.
We have two trips planned this year – one to a big city without Evie and one to the beach with her (and a 13 hour car trip). We’ll see how those go!