Last weekend, Rob and I took a few days off and headed to my cousin's wedding in Florida. Ricky and I have the same birthday--just a year apart. He also has a little sister whose birthday is the same as ours too--just 15 years later. :)
I was SO anxious about this trip and flying with Henry, but it ended up being such a fun time. I am going to recap some tips I found helpful for flying with a toddler separately, but I am so happy to report that you can fly successfully without any meltdowns---WITHOUT medicating your baby! That was something I really wanted to avoid, but it seemed like everyone on FB was encouraging me to load him up with Benadryl.
Anyways, we flew down on Wednesday evening and after renting our car and getting to the hotel we were pretty wiped out. It was almost midnight and Henry was SUCH a champ. He slept the whole way to the hotel and after a quick bath, he was tucked right into his crib and off to sleep.
Rob and I slept in as much as we could on Thursday, but unfortunately our bodies are just wired to get up for work so we were up much earlier than we hoped. We all got ready and went downstairs in our hotel for breakfast. Henry quickly made lots of friends as he ran around and ate his weight in breakfast potatoes, fruit cups, and oatmeal.
After breakfast, we loaded up in the car and headed over to visit Fort Clinton, which has been a fort for several wars. This isn't normally my cup of tea, but I knew Rob would love it. It ended up being much more interesting than I thought--and Henry even had a good time toddling around (and then strolling around when he got tired).
For lunch we just ran through Panera and took it back to our hotel. Henry ate a little off of our plates, but was mainly worn out. We tucked him into bed (which was in the kitchen of our little room) and shut the door to our part of the hotel room. I highly recommend the Residence Inn and Suites. There two rooms in our suite--a living room/kitchen and a bedroom/bathroom. We would let Henry sleep in our living room/kitchen area and then hang out and watch TV in our bedroom. It was SO perfect. I will always search out this style of hotel for our little family!
Thursday evening my mom, sister, and two cousins made it into town. They drove for two days to be there! We all got dressed up for dinner and went out to a cute local placed called LuLu's. The seafood was delicious--and Henry LOVED the shrimp. He is a little chunk when it comes to foods he likes and this was no exception. :)
Friday morning we woke up to spend some time out at the beach. My mom wanted to go exploring and shopping so she took Henry with her. Friday reminded me of the time that we spent at the beach together this summer. Such a fun day hanging out with my sister and cousins!
Friday evening, my sister, Rob, and I went out to dinner while my mom babysat Henry at her hotel. They had a blast running around together and I got a fun night out with Rob and Rachel!
Saturday was a little busy, but we were still able to fit in some quality time at the beach. Henry had a mini-meltdown at breakfast, so we put him back down for a little nap before heading to the beach. He slept for almost 3 hours! Henry had a blast playing in the sand and the ocean. He is a little waterbug and it makes me really happy. After our beach time, he was pretty worn out so we laid him back down for a little nap. It has been a very long time since Henry napped twice a day--but I know he was burning a lot of energy!
While he was taking his second nap of the day, we got ready for the wedding. The day was just perfect and the wedding was beautiful!
Henry had an absolute BLAST at the reception--dancing and singing with the band. He was quite the ham and was very ready for bed when we finally made it there. This was such a fun trip and I am so thankful we were able to be at Ricky's wedding and see some of our family!! :)