At my baby shower last summer, someone had a word that Clarissa would be an adventurer. Other than observing her be curious and into everything, we did not really test that until last week. Last week, Clarissa and I took a plane to meet my parents and introduce Clarissa to all of my dad’s extended family in Connecticut. I was looking forward to seeing the family, as I have not been up there in five years. But I was honestly dreading flying by myself with Clarissa, especially when the airline switched us to an earlier flight. We had to wake up four hours earlier than normal.
Clarissa did amazingly well. She was not thrilled to be up that early at first. But, by the time we arrived at the airport, she was fine. She was looking around during check in. She looked at all of the machines as we went through security. The first plane ride was actually pretty exciting for her. Thankfully the man next to us liked kids, because she kept trying to touch him and give him her pacifier! She took out all of the magazines in the seatpocket in front of us and he tried reading them to her. She enjoyed looking at the pictures!
She had fun people watching in the Philadelphia airport.
Once we got on the plane to New Haven, she fell asleep. I actually forgot what it was like to have her sleep on me for hours at a time. She used to do it all the time, but now she does most of her sleeping in her crib. It was a nice change for me.
She had a great time meeting her great aunts and uncles, as well as all of her cousins. Unfortunately, she would not let them hold her if my mom was in the room. Clarissa was all about Grandma. She even wanted her over me most of the time.
Thankfully my parents left a few hours before we did, so everyone did get a chance to hold her.
Clarissa enjoyed playing with Matthew. One of her favorite things was seeing the dogs at Bill and Danielle’s house.
She also played with Faith in her first baby pool.
But she liked the big pool better. Loved it!
It was a great first vacation for Clarissa. She got to experience new things. I learned that she loves watermelon. She also likes Blueberry muffins (they have a gluten-free bakery there) and potato chips. The plane rides didn’t bother her a bit.
She even slept well. I was concerned because it was a new place with lots of people around. She also slept in a pack and play for the first time. The first night was a little rough, but after that she slept better than she does at home. She took two or three naps every day! And slept well at night. What?! I am thankful because it seems that our trip shifted her schedule an hour or two. Makes our daily routine more manageable.
I had a good trip too. It was strange for me to see everyone all grown up and married with their own houses. But I am glad I went.
Clarissa is such a good traveller. I guess we need to start planning the next trip…