Daddy's Pride / Traveling

  • Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree

    We went to see the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree in NYC this past weekend. We wanted to show our son the tree. And I have to say the tree was amazing,..its size and the number of lights that are displayed is ridiculous. The tree can light up the whole town that we live in. So, we're happy that our son saw the famous tree that people come to see from all over the world. Also, it was good to experience being with our son in a massive crowd. Even though it was tough navigating the stroller with thousands of people around us, it was worth it. I think the little man had a good time.

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  • Where To Go Next

    A long time ago I mentioned my love for travel and maps, and I hope my son feels the same way. Here's a picture of our world traveler trying to figure out where we should go next. I think he wants to go back down south. He's probably dreaming about sunny weather, going to the beach, and eating bbq.

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  • Flying Part 2

    Yesterday, I blogged about our recent experience flying with our 7 month old son. Today, I would like to share with you the other side of my travel experience. But before I do that, let me briefly recap how I traveled prior to my son's arrival. Whenever I need to fly I do my best to make it a simple process. This means I take the bare essentials and carry as little as possible. Hopefully my son will learn from my craziness. When I get to the airport my goal is to check in, and hand over my suitcase. All I wish to carry is my wallet, identification, phone, and ticket. I choose not to bring a carry on bag in case it gets lost, misplaced, or stolen, but more importantly I don't want to drag it around. All I want to do is wander through the airport while drinking my coffee, converse with my wife, and have no responsibility. I'm on vacation, and I like it to start the minute I leave the house. I always make sure I get to my gate ahead of schedule so I can be stress free. As many of us know, to get there you have to go through security. So, to make this an easy process, I do my best to wear the minimum amount of clothes. Items such as a jacket, sweatshirt, watch, and belt are either left at home or in my suitcase. Also, since I generally love wearing flip flops, it makes perfect sense to wear them while going through security. I can quickly take them off and put them back on. This is how I used to travel. Now that we have a son, my recent travel experience was unique and kind of intense. The days of not carrying anything while browsing the airport are probably over. First, I had a carry on book bag to hold our gadgets; camera, video camera, and computer. As new parents, we want to capture every moment. Second, we now had a stroller that requires to be folded and unfolded many times during our trip. This also means we had to take our son in and out of his vehicle, including his toys and blanket. Third, while going through security, we need to have the stroller, diaper bag, one carry on bag, purse, and computer x-rayed. Last, we now had to show our son's passport and ticket, which means us parents have to be a little bit more responsible in not losing his stuff. After all this, we still needed to feed and change our son, and board the plane. Traveling with the little one is a tough job, but it can be tons of fun. For me, getting to the airport in advance and just laughing about all the changes I needed to make while traveling is the key to being stress free. I am looking forward to the next vacation.

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  • Flying Part 1

    Recently, our 7 month old son experienced flying on a plane for the first time and I have to admit, he did a wonderful job. I think he loves going on vacation just like his parents. I say this because he woke up early, had his bags all packed up, and had his bottle, blanket, and toy in his arms. He was ready to go. On the plane, he found everything new and fascinating. He was stimulated. He enjoyed playing with the fold up tray as he was able to move it up and down. He was entertained by looking out the window and at the other passengers. Last, he loved being in our arms the whole time. We were very impressed with him on how he handled his first flight experience. Before we actually took our son on the plane, we researched how to travel with an infant. We found out that it was best to feed the baby while taking off from the runway so his ears won't ache. It made sense. It's kind of like eating candy or chewing gum for us adults. Well, it worked like a charm. Our son had no problems traveling at a high altitude. Also, I think we are lucky that our son enjoys looking at people, and does not mind being surrounded with unknown faces, as long as he's with us. Coming back home was a whole different story. Our son was not a happy camper. We realized the difference between our outbound and inbound flight experience was more on the lines of scheduling and timing prior to our flight. While coming back home, everything was slightly off. We found ourselves rushing here and there which created a snowball effect. Our son did not have a chance to nap or eat properly. So, from the time we boarded the plan and were in the air, our son was cranky. Having a child that is not happy is an uncomfortable feeling both mentally and physically. I felt that we were disturbing the rest of the passengers, and having to hold our son made me extremely hot. The only luck we had on our flight back home was that our neighbor understood the situation. She did not flinch once when our son voiced his opinion. She had four children, and probably thought to herself…"been there, done that". This was our first trip on a plane with the little one, and we had the opportunity to experience both the good side and not so good side of flying with an infant. Overall, I think it was a success.

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  • Changing Station

    My wife and I have found another use for our suv's cargo section. We use the space to change our son. It's great because we have room to maneuver, our son is in a comfortable setting, and it's most likely cleaner than a public changing table. The only thing we have to worry about is not ruining the car. I think that using the cargo section as a changing station is something you discover after becoming a parent. I never thought of this function prior to becoming a daddy. My cargo space was only meant to store luggage and boxes. So, to all future parents, you now have another reason to buy an suv. And to parents who have an suv, sorry for sharing our weird secret.

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  • Road Trip

    This past weekend, I made my son travel in the car for 10+ hours round trip. In the beginning he was very happy to leave the house. He loves to ride around in the car, be outside, and it helps him sleep. However, by the end of our trip, my wife and I can tell that he was not a happy camper. Well, he made it completely clear he was not happy with the length of our trip. It might have been the combination of being bored (sitting in one place while staring at the back seat) and uncomfortable. At one point, my son was just staring at his mom without blinking, and giving her dirty looks. His pouting was making her feel extremely guilty. She tried to entertain him with a water bottle, a piece of paper, and an empty pizza box, but he found no amusement in these items. I can’t blame him. We think he was trying to tell her telepathically, that he was not having fun. Overall, our son did a wonderful job, and hopefully, when we go on 5-6 hour round trip car ride, it will be a piece of cake.

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  • I See Him

    Before my son was born I installed a baby mirror in the car. It would help me see him while he sits rear facing in the back. Well, after about four months I am finally being rewarded for my efforts in hooking up the contraption. I can finally see his mirror image. All this time I could not see him because he was too small. It’s so nice to finally see how he’s doing in the back.

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  • First Trip

    Last week we went on our first mini trip. However, from the pic above it looks like we went away for a few weeks! 80% of it was baby stuff!!!

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  • Public Family Restrooms

    There are some things I never utilized before having a child. Public family restrooms at service stops are one of them. What a great idea! It made our road trip much easier.

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  • Chauffeur

    Now that I’m a dad I have become a professional chauffeur. When all three of us get into the car, I sit in the driver’s seat, and my wife and baby jump into the back. My wife says she sits next to him to make sure he’s doing ok. She needs to soothe him. I think she just wants more quality time with her son, and trying to make sure his first words are “mummy”. I’m jealous. Also, she says she sits next to him because the baby seat is rear facing, and therefore she cannot see him from the passenger side. I really don’t know what she is talking about because I installed one of those mirrors that allows both of us to see him from the front. I guess using these mirrors are not the same as sitting next to our son.  So, now I am all alone in the front. I guess I have to take one for the team. At least I get to be in charge of the tunes!

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  • Getting Ready

    Here is a recap of my conversation with the wife. Daddy to be: “We need to put the chairs in the car.” Mommy to be: “What chairs?” Daddy to be: “The chairs!…the baby chairs!” Mommy to be: “What baby chairs?” Daddy to be: “You know…the chairs we got.” Mommy to be: “I have no idea what you are talking about?” Daddy to be: “I am trying to make sure our baby has a chair in our car.” Mommy to be: “You mean the car seat?” Daddy to be: “Yeah…that’s it….that’s the baby chair.” As you can tell, daddy has no idea what he is doing……yet. There is a good chance that my son will be correcting my description of his stuff.

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  • Mug

    The wife and I love our coffee to-go mugs. We thought about getting our son this for his morning latte to-go.

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  • Baby's Bag

    For those of you that read my blog yesterday, here are few more details. My wife texted me yesterday, and said “Your blog was funny today. What’s even funnier is that the bag is not mine. Its for our baby.” Her bag was the bigger one in the corner that I did not see. So, my wife is packed, my baby is packed, and I guess it is time for me to pack. Since I don’t like carrying extra bags, I will try to sneak in some clothes into the baby’s bag.

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  • Bags Packed

    We have about six weeks until the big day, and my wife has already packed her bags for her stay at the hospital. I think she’s super duper excited! So, the big question is….what do I wear on the big day? This is kind of important since I will be meeting my son for the first time. I should probably be dressed somewhat nice. I don’t want to be in my ripped jeans and sports t-shirt. It would kind of look bad when we take pictures. Also, I don’t want to look too professional because I will simply be uncomfortable. We will be spending anywhere from 12 to 24 hours at the hospital!!! I will keep you all posted.

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  • Road Stops

    When making long trips we usually make one stop for 20 minutes, but nowadays we make two stops because of the pregnancy. Soon we will be adding another member to our road trips, and I am sure the little guy will force us to stop even more. Will we now have to take a break three or four times during our drive? I am not looking forward to this because I like to get to my destination asap. I am always trying to set a personal record. Any recommendations on how I can over come my lack of patience? Or how can I get the little one to simply follow daddy’s control freak nature?

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  • SUV vs. Sedan

    My wife read my blog yesterday, and reminded me that my first love is getting a little old. If I part ways from my SUV, do I need to get another SUV or can I manage with a sedan? People keep on telling me that once you have a baby, you have to lug around a lot of stuff. I know that a sports car is not as practical because of the limited space. I just don’t see myself cruising in a minivan. So, do I buy another gas guzzler to haul around my kid and all his accessories? Or do I figure out how to minimize all of his stuff so that it can fit into a sedan? Knowing my wife, we will be prepared for any situation which means carrying around a lot things. I am open to any car suggestions that do not include minivans. Let me know what you think.

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  • Clean Car

    I have had my car for 12 years now, and I have to admit it’s still pretty clean. Hopefully the little devil won’t ruin my first love.

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  • Vacation!!!

    A few days ago I was helping a friend out with his international travel plans. I was looking at flights, places to visit, and how to get from one country to the next. I love travel/vacation research. So, I immediately started to do my own investigation on where I would like to go next. Should I explore South America, relax in the Caribbean, or see a bunch of places via cruising? However, today it dawned on me that we will not be able to fly to some exotic location anytime soon. Since flying one month prior to the big day is a no no, and having a busy schedule for the next two months, we will just have to wait until afterwards. We have to wait at least six weeks to fly once the new guy arrives. Now the big question is where can we go with our new explorer? I want to act fast because infants fly for free!!!

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