Sunday, April 22, 2012

Travel and All

Siddharth and I love to travel. We both typically travel pretty light. That means meant that between the two of us we were good with just 1 cabin bag for a 3-4 day trip. It used to take us less than 30 minutes to pack for a weeklong trip (and not that much longer for a several-days trip).

Things have changed now. Beginning of this month we packed for a 3ish weeklong trip to Mexico and California. And boy oh boy, how times have changed. It took us over 4 hours to pack for this trip. Not because we were packing for all of those 4 hours. But because for the most part, both of us were sitting in front of the huge pile of things that needed to be packed, and in between staring at each other with a huge question mark on our faces.

At the end we packed 2 big suitcases, 1 cabin bag, 1 camera bag, 1 laptop bag, 1 diaper bag, 1 stroller, 1 car seat, 1 car seat base and a separate bag for breast milk!! Phewww!

It took us several minutes to decide how to get from the place where the airport shuttle dropped us to the Alaska check-in counter. I felt so dumb!

Oh well, we somehow managed to get from Seattle to Mexico, and then from Mexico to Sacramento. Little things that need planning once you have a baby. I have a new found respect for all the people who travel with infants and make it seem so effortless. So much so that I never stopped to think how they were possibly managing this juggling act. And I know that this is just the beginning...

Most importantly however, Samaira did phenomenally well with all the travel. Being a Seattle kid, the sunny weather in Mexico and California took her by surprise. But I think she has adjusted to it a little bit and is not squeamish at the very sight of sun anymore. She was an angel on the flight, at least for now. God only knows how long this phase will last. But I intend to take full pride in it for as long as it does.

In Cabo, Samaira ate by the infinity pool and totally rocked her swimming costume.

I am sure we have a lot to learn when it comes to travelling and packing with Samaira…but in the mean time I am enjoying the sitcom that it results in :).

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