Hello Mommas! I hope everyone had a fun holiday weekend filled with too much turkey, lot of laughs and family memories. It finally feels like Fall in Los Angeles, since the temperatures are now in the 60’s (brrrrr haha), Christmas lights are twinkling in all of the shop windows and the ice skaters are taking over Pershing Square. I will be putting away all of the harvest decorations and replacing them with our little fake tree and red ribbon garlands. As always, I’m sharing our weekend recap, a fun playlist, my to-do list for the week and my Mom Tips, little life hacks to make it look like we have it all together.
We travelled out to Temecula for Thanksgiving with my mom, dad, sister and her boyfriend Kenny. It was so much fun to visit with the baby and my mom’s cooking did not disappoint! She made all of my childhood favorites; classic green bean casserole, candied yams (the really sweet ones from a can with a ton of marshmallows on top) – I think I’m the only one that actually eats these haha, and her famous spinach dip. We had a family party with Johnny’s side of the family last weekend so the leftovers have been non-stop going on 2 weeks now and I wouldn’t have it any other way!
- Put away our harvest decor and put out Christmas decorations
- MOPS meeting – Bake biscuit and gravy casserole for the potluck
- Laundry – Whites, Colors, Gym Clothes and towels/ rugs
- Order holiday cards
- Sort through and store JR’s tiny clothes
Listening to Christmas music while decorating the house is just one of the most festive traditions of the season. I put together a fun playlist of upbeat holiday songs by your favorite pop stars so, put a pot of hot cocoa on the stove and trim those trees!
Traveling with an infant can be a lot more stressful then it needs to be. I typically have a less is more approach when it comes to parenting and all of the “stuff” that comes with parenting so, don’t over think anything and keep it simple.
- Sleeping Arrangements – Bring a small, portable bed that the baby is familiar with for naps and overnight sleeping. We brought our Auto Rock n Play but, just had the baby nap in my sister’s super comfy bed. I snuggled him while he fell asleep then snuck out to join the party once he was knocked out.
- Comforts of Home – Pack one or two little blankets or lovies that will give baby comfort. JR doesn’t really have a special blanket or lovie quite yet but, he does love himself a super soft, fuzzy blanket and I brought along one of his for him to snuggle with when he gets fussy. A special pacifier would also be necessary.
- Travel Timing – Schedule the drive during their regular nap times so, that they can sleep while in the car and then be up and in a good mood when they arrive at the party. Our families are 1-2 hours away so we will usually leave the house around 12 noon, which is baby’s second nap of the day. If you need to fly, try to book your flight for night time, so that the baby will be asleep for the majority of the trip.
- Stay on Schedule – Try as hard as you can to keep your little one on the same schedule during the holidays. JR will become super cranky if he doesn’t get his late afternoon nap so, I make it a priority to schedule events around this nap. Luckily for me, he likes to sleep in his stroller while we are out and about so, I can make an exception if I have to.
- Say No to Screen Time – As tempting as it may be to plop baby in front of the TV or turn on the portable DVD player in the car, don’t do it!! It may pacify them for a short while but, it will overstimulate their senses and make them more fussy in the long run. There are so many other things you can do to entertain your little one, like singing silly songs you make up while in the car or practicing tummy time on grandpa’s belly (this one is especially good, if the game is on since baby will be facing away from the screen).
How was your holiday weekend? What tips do you have for traveling during the holiday season?