In June, just when our newborn turned 4 weeks old, we flew across the country to Michigan for a Big Summer Family Reunion.
Our family does this every couple of years: it’s a fun way to get 28+ people together, and see aunts, uncles, cousins, and grandparents. This year we celebrated my grandma’s 85th birthday, and I was so happy to be able to introduce her and the rest of the family to her newest Great-Granddaughter.
With visions of a beautiful summer vacation, we headed to Cadillac, Michigan, and rented two lakefront houses on Lake Mitchell. It was shallow, warm, perfect for volleyball, kayaking, paddle-boating, and just lounging. Edda experienced her first toe-dip-in-the-lake (she didn’t love it, honestly) and her first boat ride, and she got to meet her cousins, aunts, and enjoy the lazy summer life.
I was pretty nervous to take a 4 week old on a cross-country flight (I was so nervous she wouldn’t even get here in time to go!), but she did just great. I put her in our Solly baby wrap for the airport, and she fell right asleep. Security was a breeze (I was able to leave her in, both going and coming), and she slept throughout the whole airport wait and boarding. She nursed briefly on the way up and down, but slept the ENTIRE 4 hour flight. I think being in my arms with the engine’s white noise was heaven to her. The flight home she got a bit fussy in the last 20 minutes, but otherwise did great.
While at the lake with family, she spent the entire vacation in the loving arms of a family member. Once someone got tired, they passed her off. She loved it, and I loved having long stretches where I didn’t have to worry about her. Such a wonderful break for a new mom!
We did some day trips, and spent a lot of time going back and forth between the two houses. The whole trip really helped me feel comfortable going places with her. I packed a small bag with diapers, wipes, extra onesies, a blanket, and a snack (for me!), and we were good to go. Babies are pretty portable, after all.
Our first family vacation.