I know I’ve been a little MIA with my blogging since finishing up my Top Three Thursday posts. Truth is, I’ve got significantly less time lately due to signing up for a six month writing course – more on that later.
We also had our first family getaway. It was only two nights on the coast at Batemans Bay but that’s all we needed.
This post is all about said trip, so if your interested keep reading.
As we arrived in Batemans Bay the sun was high in the sky trying its best to fend off a nippy breeze. We arrived a little later than planned, but I didn’t mind because Eleanor got a longer sleep while we travelled than I expected.
When we arrived at our home for the next two nights I breathed a content sigh at the sight from our front door. The front verandah over looked the inlet and the river front main street of Batemans. The sun glistening over the water surface was just as pretty as the view across the water at night when all of the lights from the river front businesses reflected like fairy lights over the water. It was beautiful watching Eleanor point at them before bedtime, all of those little gestures never fail to make my heart melt.
Our first time travelling with Eleanor was fun, and tiring at the same time. It’s definitely different holidaying with a one year old rather than just the two of us! That being said, it was so much fun!
We visited Mogo zoo, where Eleanor and I fed a giraffe then daddy helped us feed some deer. We even ordered Eleanor some food off the kids menu, which was a sobering but very proud moment.
Our baby girl isn’t really a baby anymore!!
The only real struggle we had with Eleanor was getting her to sleep. The change in routine and the teething was to thank for that. The first night was tough, she just wouldn’t settle and screamed every time I tried to nurse her or put her down so I caved and let her sleep in with us. The second night was a little easier and we managed to get her to sleep for a few hours in the portable cot, but she was still a little bit unsettled. It’s safe to say that two nights away was enough for her.
During the trip home I had some time to reflect on how we coped with a teething baby on holiday, and decided to share on my blog what I learnt.
1. Don’t go anywhere without bonjela but be careful to wait at least 3-4 hours between applications or your child will turn in to a drooling mess! Not only that, it’s really not recommended.
2. Make sure to pack kids panadol and add a little bit to the bed time bottle if bubs is remotely unsettled before bed.
3. Having plenty of snack food handy is a must because when teething sometimes it’s best to offer less food but more often. It seems to be less painful for them.
4. Take your own cot bedding and pack comfort toys. It reminds babies and toddlers of home. It kind of worked for us!
5. Be prepared to have to change your routine. If something that normally works suddenly doesn’t don’t be afraid to try something else.
6. Stay somewhere with a fridge so that you can store some teethers in there. If you forget teethers wet a face washer and store it in the fridge in a ziplock bag.
7. Lastly, make sure everyone enjoys themselves!
I’m going to leave these here for future reference and hopefully these little tips can help anyone else reading this post too.
For anyone interested, we have a much happier little girl now after cutting her third tooth in two weeks!
Hopefully that’s it for a while now.
Here’s some photos of our trip.