From The East Coast To The West Coast

We finally made it.

It seems like it has been months rather than just a week since we have all been together and it never felt so good to be reunited.

Edith, my mom and I made the long trip westward on Wednesday and although it was a long day of traveling it went pretty smoothly.  Edith was amazing on the plane, I really couldn’t have asked for a better little traveler. She had about 2 minutes of fussing the whole time and mostly that was because her food source wasn’t getting to her fast enough.  Otherwise she slept, played and laughed the entire time.

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I think what really helped with having a smooth trip with a six month old was low expectations, a relative relaxed approach and trying to fly when she would nap.  I also made sure to bring a nice big blanket for her to play on during our layover.  After being in my arms for an entire flight I think she was ready to get moving and have a little independent time.

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Now we are here in Oregon and it is great except for this whole sleeping thing. Edith has been a pretty good sleeper ….if you like babies who go to bed at 5pm and are up at 3am. Yeah…I didn’t think so.  I am really not sure what to do to help her get back on a better sleeping routine because if this keeps up I am going to have to go to bed at 5pm myself so that I can get some rest! ee

Last night I had high hopes that if we picked Neil up from work and run some errands that maybe I could keep her awake so that I could get her to go to bed at 8pm PST rather than 8pm EST. That was a bust. She screamed the whole way to Neil’s work and then nursed there and promptly fell asleep for the remainder of our errand running. Then of course she was up at 3am. To top it all off she will not sleep in her pack ‘n play (crib hasn’t arrived yet, actually nothing has arrived yet). She wants to be in bed with me, nursing. I don’t know if it’s the time change, the new home, a growth spurt or a combination of those but it’s killing me. I just want to sleep!

Oh well we will give it some time and just keep trying but if anyone has any advice please send it my way!

Also this is a great link on tips for flying with a baby or toddler.

5 Comments

  1. […] We made it. I’m tired. We (Edith and I) are adjusting (her more than me).  I plan to have a blog post up this weekend for you all but until then I am going to try and settle in a bit more and oh yeah sleep. More on why I’m not sleeping and travel with a 6-month old over on Naturally Family. […]

  2. Angie

    No advice on the sleep train. Sam is 26 months old now and has always been a good sleeper, but he would always have periods where he’d be thrown off track, i.e., a move between Ontario and Nova Scotia when he was 6 months old, growth and developmental spurts, teething, etc. It sucks, but you just have to sleep when you can. We’re going through a transitional period right now too…he got the rest of his teeth in and I’m thinking that he’s getting ready to want to start potty-training and to move to his big boy bed, so we don’t get very much sleep or time to ourselves….not only does he fight bedtime now, but he wakes up in the night and literally clings to me all day long. I can’t get anything done with a kid that’s wrapped around my leg and it’s pretty frustrating when they can argue back regarding bedtime. I’ve been told that I should enjoy this time though because one day we’ll have to force him to wake up and he won’t want to spend any time with us at all. haha. It’s hard though to truly appreciate it all when you’re tired.

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