April 18, 2011 § 8 Comments
n. a planned period of calm spent together by a just-born(*or just-adopted) baby and its parents; occasionally, time spent by parents without their baby; (hence) a vacation or holiday taken by a pregnant(*or adopting) woman and her partner.
For attachment and bonding purposes our adoption agency suggests that we have a 30-day babymoon. During this time we are to limit visitors, take some time-out together as a new family, get plenty of rest and work on bonding with the babe. This “period of calm” will help babyzook have a smooth transition into a world of different surroundings,
sounds and smells, and help it to attach and embrace Jamie and I as mommy and daddy.
But, in the meantime, in our waiting, we decided to take the other kind of babymoon as well. For sentimentalities sake, we booked it to California — where we honeymooned 7 and a half years ago…
Cute kids, whiny kids, playing toddlers, screaming babies and a whole classroom of giddy children from a Cold Lake school … our flight to Disneyland was a gong show! This gave us ample opportunity to observe how parents coped keeping their counterparts calm on the direct 3-hour flight. Toys, bottles, crackers, cuddles, Nintendo DSs, ipods with games and bouncing knees…
Whereas before our adoption process we were absorbed with the fun of fast rides and timing our fastpasses just right, on this trip we were taking note on how parents were travelling with young children. How much they were packing. What type of stroller they were they using, etc.
I get satisfaction from packing light. No only does it give me leeway to shop, but it also makes me feel freer to navigate airports and busy streets. However, with my new hyperawareness of parenthood, I became so impressed by the arsenal of equipment parents were juggling while travelling. (Especially those with multiple small kids.) Some had even brought their own car seats…so much stuff!
For the two of us for 6 days we had one suitcase and one carry-on. Here are some tips on travelling light that I’ve picked up over the years:
- lightweight,non-wrinkle,reversibleclothing; e.g., lululemon’s athletica line has some great reversible jackets and pants
- dual-purpose products; hotel conditioner can double as shaving cream. Use your iPad or iPhone as a one-stop-shop for maps, music, games, and e-books (just don’t forget to turn off roaming!)
- compacts & minis — you can find almost anything in travel size these days from high-end to low-end brands; e.g., L’Oreal Elnett Strong Hold Mini Hairspray from Walmart packs some punch. I always travel with the Wet ‘n Wild face illuminator in “Sun Kissed,” it can act as a blush, eyeshadow and lip gloss all-in-one. With a touch of mascara, and a hint of a tan…it’s all you’ll need!
- swap out liquids for solids, this makes getting through customs a breeze; ditch the liquid hand sanitizers for packages of wet towelettes (great for in-flight hand washing)
- accessories — costume jewelry, scarves and belts don’t take up much space in a suitcase but can go a long way in changing up the look of an outfit
Though we had a “magical” time as usual on this (our third) trip together to the “Wonderful World of Disney”, we kept thinking about how much more fun it would be to bring our kids back one day when they are old enough to wear princess dresses and pirate hats. For those pregnant mommas hoo are planning a babymoon, a theme park may not be your best choice because a majority of the rides prohibit “expecting” mothers.
As far as packing light goes, I’m not so sure I’ll be able to keep it up with a child and diapers in tow…but I’ll do my darndest!