traveling with baby

As soon as we made it semi out of cold/flu season, it was time to introduce Lainey to a beloved Lewis family pastime – traveling! Back in March, when Lainey was 11 months old (7 months adjusted), we took her to Hawaii. Everyone kept asking us why we were traveling when she was that young because she’ll never remember it! But obviously they forgot that Bryan and I still have memories and we remember awesome family trips, ha! Traveling with your baby is a personal decision, but as a family we decided that travel is important to us and we aren’t going to stop that just because we have kiddos. So here are some of my tips for traveling with a baby:

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1. Have very few expectations!

If you are used to traveling with adults, expect everything to take longer and plan for fewer activities. Factoring in that extra time will help everyone remain stress-free – or, let’s be honest, at least less stressed!

2. Let the airline know that you’ll be bringing your infant.

When planning your travel, you’ll need to decide if you want to travel with baby on your lap or if you want to purchase an extra seat. We’re cheap so we are going to travel with Lainey on our lap until we aren’t allowed to anymore! Even if you decide to travel with a lap baby, you’ll need to book a ticket for your infant. It’s different on different airlines. On Delta, Lainey had her own ticket but on American my ticket just said “plus infant” so it totally depends on the airline!

3. Pack a carry on with baby essentials!

I was so paranoid that the airline would lose our luggage that I made sure all the essentials were in a carry on. I was so glad I did this because everything for our flight was in one place! I made a handy dandy carry on packing list for your convenience, so it’s definitely a good starting point. [see below]

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For my tubie parents, I also made sure to have the following in our carry on:

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4. Prepare for security.

You can wear your baby through security – did you know that?! Just make sure you are using a carrier that doesn’t have any metal in it. Also, formula and medication mamas be aware that your bag will have to go through some extra screening. I make sure to tell the TSA agent right away that there is baby formula and medications in the bag. Once it goes through the X-ray machine thingy, they’ll take it off to the side and probably do a simple swab test. Pro tip – smile at these poor TSA agents! It can be frustrating and stressful but these people deal with angry travelers all day and they’ll be happy to see a smiling face and a cute baby.

5. Rent a stroller and carseat!

In Hawaii, we brought our own stroller and car seat and gate checked them both but it was so many extra bulky items and I just ended up being more frustrated at the airport. When we went to L.A. we rented a carseat from the rental car company and a stroller at Disneyland. It cost us a few extra bucks but saved our sanity! Now, if we were traveling with a really fresh baby, we probably would have wanted our stroller, etc. so this totally depends on your personality!

6. Book your flight during a good nap time.

On our way to Hawaii we had a 3 hour flight and then a 6 hour flight. We brought the doc-a-tot and laid it over our lap and Lainey totally zonked for most of the flight! It was awesome. On our way back from L.A., we booked the flight during peak active time for Lainey and she was NOT pleased to be confined to a plane seat. You don’t always have a choice, but it is something to think about. Also, I’m not above giving my kid a little Benadryl before the flight. Check with your pediatrician beforehand, though!

7. You CAN do it!

Traveling with baby can be difficult, but it is so SO worth it! We have loved taking Lainey on our adventures and seeing the world through her eyes. It has been so rewarding. So, friend, throw a dart at a map and travel with your baby! You won’t regret it.

xo. Rachel

flipping the script

This week is National Infertility Awareness Week. A week that is bittersweet but so important. One of the hardest parts about infertility is how the enemy grabs onto your weakness and continually speaks lies throughout your journey. I spent two years (plus some!) believing lies about myself and my God.

The theme for this years NIAW is “Flip the Script.” This theme struck me in so many ways. For so long, I believed that infertility was for older couples or women who had cancer or something along those lines, not something that would ever affect me. Yet there I was, at the ripe age of 23, facing my first miscarriage. I cannot begin to tell you how many times people told me, “Well at least you are young!” As if that helped. And then the lies. And the anger. It just kept piling up. It took a long time and a community of women who were experiencing the same thing, but eventually I was able to flip the script and turn those lies into truth from the Lord. Now I am grateful for our journey. It was difficult and unexpected but it brought us perspective and Lainey! Here are some lies I had to overcome:

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Infertility says that my body is broken.

The Lord says that by his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5).

Infertility says that God does not listen to my desires.

The Lord says that He knows the desires of my heart (Psalm 37:4) and that He works all things together for my good (Romans 8:28).

Infertility says that we need to control our lives.

The Lord says His plan is better than ours (Acts 17:26-27).

Infertility says that we are being punished.

The Lord says that there is no condemnation is Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1).

Infertility says that we may never have children.

The Lord says that His plan is for us to have a family (Genesis 1:28, Isaiah 60:22, Psalm 113:9).

Infertility says that God does not care about our sorrows.

The Lord says that he provides for the barren woman (Isaiah 54:1) and is near the brokenhearted (Psalm 34:18).

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To those still going through the fire: Infertility is a liar and does not have to control you. However, it will also always be a part of you and your story. Remember, God is with you. He has not forsaken you. His plan is for you to prosper!

To the moms that did not easily become a mom: It is normal to feel guilty sometimes. Infertility does not leave you when you become a mom. Especially if you want more children. It will be in the back of your mind and the enemy will continue to lie to you. Remember, God is with you. He has not forsaken you. His plan is for you to prosper!

I’m always open to questions so feel free to reach out. The Lord has reminded me of His goodness often throughout this process, but it is much easier to go through it together!

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Great people to follow on instagram:

@trustinginduetime

@i.am.fruitful

@gracewhilewewait

Local Dallas groups:

Moms in the Making

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rachel blogs about things

One of the best things I’ve ever done was to start sharing Bryan and I’s fertility journey. I always knew it was going to be an elephant in the room if I didn’t say anything about it. So I did. And then I kept talking about it. And sometimes, maybe, I overshared. But you wouldn’t believe what happened – people started coming to me telling me that they (or their best friend or their sister) were also struggling.

So I guess that’s why I’m blogging now. But I hate the word blog, so I guess I’m just getting all of this on internet paper. Hoping that someone needs to hear what I have to say. Hoping to give some validity to things that have happened. And to talk about underrated Netflix shows, baby things, and pretty much anything I feel like because this is my internet paper (blog).

Thanks for following along.

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