We adventured to St. Louis this past week which I was super excited about because (1) we got out of Indiana and (2) I reeeealy like St. Louis. It was actually our first choice when we were looking at new places to move. So I was kinda pumped to have a long trip there. Joel was in a workshop all day near our hotel so Lila and I mainly just hung out by ourselves during the day. Of course, she slept most of the time so I was locked in our hotel room. Thankfully, we were in a “suite” type room with a door separating the living area from the bedroom/bathroom so Lila got her own “room” and so did we.
Throughout the days, I was trying to come up with fun things to do which is hard when you have a kid that takes two two hour naps throughout the day and then wants to pass out at 7pm.
I did take her swimming for the first time. Which, considering I’m already a little nervous about the baby and water, taking her to the pool by myself was quite a feat. (By the way, that towel was my first hooded towel I’ve made and it went so well that I think those might become my new baby gifts! I have a feeling Lila will have a collection of them soon.) She LOVES bath time and hanging out in the tub, so I figured she would love a swimming pool.
Nope, turns out she was pretty nervous at first. Then she fiiiinaly relaxed.
She never really got into the whole splashing thing, but one step at a time I suppose. I don’t think there is anything cuter than a kid in a swimsuit because everything is just SO TINY. She looks like a little person here and it’s pretty darn adorable, if you ask me. We had a few friends pass down some old clothes their girls outgrew and so Lila has a summer collection of about 15 swimsuits. I…don’t even know. I’m going to try and embroider on some of them for practice’s sake and then I have a feeling goodwill will be getting a healthy supply of baby swimwear.
The only downsides about traveling for us is that Lila likes to have teeth break through whenever we aren’t in our own home where I can heavily medicate and don’t have to worry about her waking anyone but me and Joel. She had 4 come through when we were in Florida/Georgia for Christmas and in St. Louis, her molar finally made its way to the surface. On a positive side, I have found out what works really well for her. If it’s the middle of the night crying I do a dose of Tylenol (Advil hasn’t ever really helped for the massive breakthroughs), 3-4 Hyland’s Teething Tablets, and rub some Orajel Naturals (which doesn’t have the benzocaine in it) on her gums. A nurse friend of mine referred to it as the Holy Trinity of Teething. It was the only thing that helped to calm her down and let her sleep. Which if it helps the baby to sleep, then I’d do it all over again.