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A Few Thoughts on Traveling with a One Year Old

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This trip has been really fun so far. Gigi and I are getting ready to head down to San Diego to visit our friends, Steph and Andy. This first part of the trip has been wonderful but has involved a lot of juggling and visiting lots friends. I'll do a more detailed post on all our busy activities when we get settled in San Diego.

I have learned on this trip that having flexible expectations is key. I thought I'd have time to settle down and work, to watch movies, go to the beach, have picnics at parks, to read, etc. But traveling with a 15 month old is kind of a goose-chase. I've been staying the last couple of nights with Tara` and Cole. Tara has been a nanny for years so she totally gets it and has been just wonderful! She's helped me baby wrangle here at their apartment, and out at meals which has meant I can breathe and finish my sentences. You don't realize how squirrelly a one year old is until you travel with them by yourself!

I'm amazed at how much we've done in the past few days and how much fun I've been having with my little sidekick. She's been a trooper with all the changes in location, routine, sleep habits, meal times, etc. She's a good girl.

Once we're in San Diego it'll be me and Steph hanging out during the days while our three little ones play quietly together and nap in tandem, and all sleep through the night. Right?

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  1. Many props to you my dear. Traveling with a little one by your lonesome is no small feat!

    Carly · Monday April 2, 2012 · #

  2. Aww so cute! Great pic.

    Lois · Tuesday April 3, 2012 · #

  3. I love your blog! I remember traveling to Europe by myself with my then 17 month old daughter. I was a nervous wreck and was carrying a backpack that had enough diapers & wipes for an entire daycare center. It wasn’t bad at all and when I needed help I just asked people. No one says “No” to a woman traveling alone with a baby :)
    Have a great time in CA.

    Melissa · Tuesday April 3, 2012 · #

  4. Such a cutie… I’m glad to see this because I will probably be traveling with my son when he is one and I’m already worried about it!

    Jenni · Friday April 6, 2012 · #


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