There’s nothing like coming home from a weekend getaway and Daylight Savings ending than your toddler waking up at 3:50am.
We went to Michigan this past weekend to visit friends and to go to a Penn State vs Michigan State football game. Unfortunately, it rained and it was 40 degrees and windy so the ladies and kids stayed back for the game. It was a good thing because there was a 3-hour game delay due to lightning in the stadium. And Penn State lost the game in the final 1 minute with a field goal.
Our friends had a 3 and 5-year-old daughters and they were super adorable and sweet. It was fun to see Jacob follow these girls around and want to play with their toys. They were very good about sharing and including Jacob in their activities (sometimes with the help of their parents). But Jacob laughed a lot and ran after them.
Jacob doesn’t sleep his usual amazing self when we are sleeping in the room with him.Whether it be a different crib/pack & play, weather, darkness, time change, he didn’t want to go to sleep by himself and woke up wanting to sleep with us. Of course I indulged because (1) I didn’t want to wake the other houseguests, (2) I secretly loved cuddling with him. Unfortunately, he squirms so much my sleep was interrupted and I needed to nap.
He also tends not to eat very well when he travels. On the way there, he only wanted milk and yogurt/applesauce. No surprise when he had watery poops and then an irritated bottom. During the weekend, he only wanted to eat more fruit and milk, some dry cereal. I kicked myself for not bringing Calmoseptine with me. Calmoseptine is THE best diaper ointment for an irritated booty. I had stared at it the morning we left but forgot to bring it. I slathered Aquaphor and changed his diaper more often.
Jacob’s poor sleep contributed to him sleeping well on the flight home. It was great to cuddle more and have a calm non-Tazmanian devil while in a tight space. Jacob was a very happy, fun baby despite his diet and gastrointestinal distress. And we both were super happy to be home in ‘cold’ 60-degree San Diego weather.
It was torture leaving him this morning to go to work. He cried and cried and didn’t want to let me go. I felt guilty leaving him when he wasn’t back to his normal self. The nanny said he ate a lot during the day and had a nice non-diarrhea poop so we are on the right track.
Lessons learned from this trip:
(1) If your toddler doesn’t want to eat food, don’t provide acidic foods (strawberries, pickles, applesauce) just because he wants to eat them.
(2) ALWAYS bring your just-in-case diaper ointment because inevitably you will need it.
Eights weeks to Christmas! I hope everyone has a wonderful start to the holiday season!