Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Parque Ruben Dario

One of the nicest parks in the city, is Parque Ruben Dario. Complete with tennis and basketball courts, a playground and lots of grass it is the perfect place for an outing.





To Visit: The park is located on Reuben Dario and Jesus Garcia, with the entrance on the Jesus Garcia side. Entrance is 3.5 pesos.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Jardin Botanico UAG

On the main campus (CU) of the Universidad Autonoma de Guadalajara, there's a small botanical garden. We've been meaning to check it out for ages, and finally made the visit. It was largely disappointing, as the only plants there are various cacti, we assume for their low maintenance. The garden has seen better days, but here's a peak

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Monday, January 23, 2012

Another Houston Family Visit

As previously mentioned, we went to spend Hannukah in Houston. Again, there was no tourism, but we did have a restful, shopping-ful vacation. Here are a few gems:












Read More:
Houston Family Visit (Sept. 2011)

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Flying with a 6 month old

And we were off again. Baby Boy, M and I flew to back to the States to celebrate Hannukah with family. The flight was good and uneventful. Baby Boy nursed during take-off, and then we passed him back and forth until we had arrived. I can already see how he's going to be a handful on coming flights. The kid just wanted to eat our not-tasty meal, and play around the whole time. Anyway, at the airport we ironically were given a little Santa hat. I put it on him; can't hurt to have a little holiday spirit while going through border patrol and customs. Baby Boy N got his flirt on with anyone that gave him the time of day. And that was that. Out of our control but totally manageable.



Thoughts:
  • Flying with a 6 month old is much easier than flying with a 3 month old, however you still need to be on alert all the time, so having another adult and packing light will help with the trip.
  • Try to be more aware of flight times, so that you don't have to disrupt the baby's schedule too much. At this point they are very interested in their surroundings and will not necessarily go to sleep at their usual times.
  • At this point a carrier is still a much easier way of getting around the airport and keeping your hands available.
  • In addition to normal diaper bag contents, don't forget a couple small toys and solid food, if relevant.
Read More:
Flying with a 3 month old

Monday, January 16, 2012

Flashback: Flying with a 3 month old

In September D took a flight with Baby N. This is the detailed play by play, and a few thoughts.

It was one of those tiny planes that was incredibly loud, tiny and uncomfortable. A guy helped me carry my backpack on the tarmac and up to the plane. We had a free seat next to us (lucky!), and across the way sat a big-boned man that couldn't close his seatbelt, but the flight attendant didn't notice so whatevs. Baby Boy N woke up as we were ascending, so I fed him. I changed him on the seat next to me and he was so so happy. I think he was excited to look around. After a while he fussed a little, a bit of gurge (=regurgitated milk) on my shirt (of course). Then we did a bit of pacing up and down the aisle in the Moby wrap carrier, and finally I just sat down because he did not want to sleep. With a bit of rocking though he finally did fall asleep and didn't wake up until we landed.



The man from across the aisle helped me carry my bag all the way to border control, which was really far, so kudos to him. The border control guy proceeded to tell me that my carrier was really bad (thanks!*). Another guy got my suitcases on the cart for me and we were out of there.

Thoughts:
  • People are generally very nice and helpful when they see a mom with tiny baby; enjoy and take advantage of the help.
  • A 3 month old needs to be held all the time; a carrier was very helpful in getting around the airport, through security, etc.
  • To help with ear pressure, feed the baby at take off and landing.
  • If you can, having another adult with you makes the trip a lot easier. For example, if you want to go to the restroom, or grab something from the diaper bag, another person holding the baby makes this much easier on a cramped airplane. (We did on the way back and it was much more bearable).
  • On small airplanes only certain rows have extra oxygen masks (for your infant), find out ahead of time to assure a better seat assignment.
  • Keep your carry-on a small as possible; most airlines allow a diaper bag in addition to your carry-on, but two bags with an infant can be a bit difficult to manage.

Sunday, January 8, 2012