Baby’s First Vacation

I had confirmed I was going to my stepsister’s wedding on Thanksgiving. But between then and early February, I was still so back and fourth as to whether I wanted to go or not. Of course I wanted to go to support her, but with a newborn (back in November) I didn’t know how she (Luna) would be in March. Would she be a good baby, a bad baby, a cry baby- what did I have in store for us and did I want to chance taking her on an airplane for the first time so young?

Naturally, in Kristie Lovelis fashion, I didn’t even get Luna’s passport until two weeks before we left. Luckily it came in two days. And the day before I went to “National Passport Day” in LA, I booked our flight. I thought, “okay, flights are booked, I HAVE to get this passport… No going back.” Anyway, we ended up snagging a good deal for both the flights and the hotel we stayed at in Puerto Vallarta, so I’m actually very glad I waited until the last minute to get everything.

THE FLIGHT//

First off, follow the rules of being three hours early for international traveling. The morning we were to leave, we just weren’t in a rush. Of course, it was the one day Luna decided to sleep in and I didn’t want to wake her. Basically, WAKE YOUR KID UP. THEY CAN SLEEP IN THE PLANE. We missed our first flight but were lucky enough to have caught the next flight- which was awesome because my dad and basically everyone for the wedding was in that flight. Originally, we were to fly through Interjet (they were extremely rude to us about being late. I know it was our fault but they were talking sh*t in Spanish, little did she know we spoke Spanish and understood everything. She tried to scold us about being late). Since we missed that one, our next flight was with Southwest. It was great!! There was no assigned seating so we got to sit with everyone and Luna even got her own seat even though we didn’t pay for one, and the plane was a little newer so it was a smooth ride. I had read up on what to expect for baby’s plane rides and pretty much did as I was told. Thankfully she was sleepy by the time we got on, so when we took off I gave her a bottle to distract her for the turbulence and her ears popping because of the altitude. I brought two outfits in case of accidents (we only changed her once because of all the drool on her pjs). I packed about 6 diapers (changing her at the airport as we waited. Once on the three hour plane ride. And then again when we landed. And a few backups). Wipes, of course. Toys to distract her (because she was awake most of the flight). Tylenol, just in case. And extra bottles. I did read that you should also give them a bottle to distract them from the landed. But she was just in such a good mood, her dad held her and she looked out the plane while we landed.

CARSEAT/STROLLER//

So I didn’t know this and was freaking out a little as it was my first flight with a baby- we obviously needed to take a car seat and stroller because we were going to be taking quite a few taxi rides. The airline tags your car seat and stroller (a tag for each one if it’s a two piece set) free of charge. Really the only thing that you leave at check in are the bags you check in. You take the stroller with you up until you’re ABOUT to get on the plane. You leave it right outside the door. You get on the plane, yada yada, and your stroller and car seat are right out there again when you land. So that was amazing! Again, didn’t know any of this, so it was super cool that it was an easy process.

Side note, listen to all the blogs that tell you to CARRY YOUR BABY THROUGH TSA. The car seat goes through the belt so if your baby is asleep walking through the airport, that’s gonna suck waking them up.

MOM TIPS//

– If your baby is fussy on the flight, do NOT apologize to people about it. You should not feel bad. They’re not used to it, so of course they’re going to be like, “what the hell is going on.” (On the flight back Luna was fussy and I kept apologizing. After we landed the gentleman next to me said, “she’s a really good baby.” I was freaking out thinking everyone was going to hate me for the fussy kid).

– As much as you’ll want to, don’t over pack. You’re going to drive yourself crazy with a zillion tiny outfits and playing Tetris trying to fit everything in your bags.

– Take an extra shirt for yourself. Mom-life, your kid is bound to spit up/throw up/drool all over you as you wait for your flight.

– If your baby is bottle fed, take a travel size dish soap with you! Luna is bottle/formula fed and I forgot dish soap. So we ended up having to go to a supermarket in Mexico to get dish soap to wash her bottles in our hotel.

– Pack an unopened formula with your checked in bags. And for your carry on, take one of those formula holders that will hold formula for about three bottles. We also have these formula holders that helped so so much.

– Take extra pacifiers!!! We took three. One with us (clipped to her), an extra one in my carry-on, and then one with our checked in luggage.

– If you’re going to be in the water, pack a floatie! Most places don’t have them for babies. We got ours on amazon, it was amazing. A swan and flamingo one for $10!

Uh, for now- this is all I can remember. But if I remember more I’ll add more. So check back in a week! Also, if you have any questions, feel free to ask!!

Family. 

    

88 years old and still full of love. Happy belated birthday to my great grandmother who celebrated her 88th birthday yesterday, August 11th. This passed weekend we celebrated as a family; as sons, daughters, nieces, nephews, grandchildren, great grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren gathered around to celebrate the wonderful life of my sweet great grandmother. It’s crazy to think how fast time goes by- yet, no matter the time or distance, we can all gather around and spread the love as though time or distance never came in the way. I’m thankful and blessed to have seen my great grandmother smile, dance, and blow out the candles on her 88th birthday. I hope to see many more! Appreciate the ones you love, and be a family. 

New Week- My Family

Life is beautiful no matter which way you look at it; when things are tough and when things are great. And sure, you’re probably thinking “why the hell would life be beautiful if it’s tough?” I’ll tell you why it’s beautiful; the most rewarding and magical moments are the ones that fall after the struggle. I’ve been fortunate enough to experience life to the fullest. The hard times, the good times, the confusing times, and the times where I couldn’t be more grateful to be alive; today was one of those days, a blessing.

Life is hardly ever the walk in the park that’s dreamt, especially when dealing with family. Family is there to get in the way, to complicate things, make your life harder, but they’re also there to make you feel the love… Which is probably why they drive you nuts. Family loves, and they love hard. They drive you crazy because they test your limits… but that’s what love is; pushing you to be all you can be. I can honestly say that’s what I grew up with, being tested. As I’m growing up I’m grateful for a not so perfect family. Growing up has been challenging, but it’s made it fun. My family has changed, and I don’t mean in their actions, I literally mean changed. I’ve created my own family, because family to me means something different than it does to other people. Blood doesn’t make you MY family. My family are the people who show me they want me to be successful and accomplish my goals, and vice versa. I promise to myself and the people that I call my family, that I will ALWAYS stand by them and push them to success, through the good and the bad times.

I will do better for my family, for my nieces and nephews, my brother and sisters, my moms and dads, and for the person who’s always giving me the tough love I’ve always needed. Thank you to the new addition to our family, Benjamin Patrick Gomez, born March 2, 2015, for the little reminder that we all have a little extra motivation to keep us moving along this year. Happy birthday, Ben!

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New Week- Someone Else

Do things for someone else.
Share your happiness with someone else.
Share your success with someone else.
Care for someone else.
Succeed for someone else.
Appreciate someone else.
Love someone else.

Strive for perfection in life, and for success, but do it with and for someone else. Having someone to share the big moments with, or having someone motivating you to accomplish something is more rewarding than just doing it for yourself. Granted, we should do and accomplish goals for ourselves, but on top of that we should be doing it for someone we love. Life is too short to celebrate alone. And by having “someone else,” I don’t mean a significant other; I mean, someone you love. Family. Friends. Anyone you could possibly love more than yourself, do it for that person.

Quick Rant.

Hi! Sorry for the late posting, again! School is in session and we all know how much time that takes up. However, let me just mention how grateful I am for the opportunity to attend school, for I know not everyone can. I know I always rant about how we need to appreciate life- but I don’t think everyone seems to understand that. If you have access to view this blog, you have access to the Internet, and Internet is luxury. Not everyone can afford Internet. Hell, there are people who can’t even afford the buy themselves food. Love the life that’s given to you and appreciate every moment of it. The good, the bad, and the ups and downs. Be better for yourself and for your family- or at least try. Life isn’t ever easy, but then it wouldn’t be as fun.

My Happiness.

I had originally wanted to blog about my recent trip to San Francisco for my personal day; however, I’m stuck at jury duty on this lovely Thursday afternoon in California. So, here’s an on the go post about my happiness lately. I’ve come to realize that when you least expect for things to go smoothly and make you the happiest, is when you’re not trying. Life can be so stressful and such a headache, but that’s only if you let it. We’re so fortunate and blessed to surround ourselves by family and friends who love us and make us happy. For me, I’m especially thankful for my family. So thankful to have such a loving and supportive family. Thankful for my sister who’s given me the greatest gift I could ever ask for, a beautiful niece who will, as of this weekend, be my precious god daughter. A significant other who pushes me and makes me want to be the best person I can be. And for his family, who’s taken my family in as if they were their own. I don’t know what I did to deserve such happiness, but I’m thankful. And I’m thankful to share it with the people I love.

And to everyone else: when you find this kind of happiness, don’t let it go. Appreciate the love and support from the people who care about you, and don’t push them away.

Stay tuned for the photos from my San Fran trip!