As I sit here typing this I can’t believe it is already December and my baby girl is already 6.5 months old! Where did this year go? I feel like there was so much I wanted to accomplish that I didn’t get to and yet at the same time I have to remind myself that I’ve achieved a lot this year.
For starters I became a new mom, and my husband and I (with help) have managed to keep our baby girl alive for over half a year! Haha! We launched a We Are Travel Girls Vlog Series, and successfully launched our Travel Girls Getaways kicking off with our first retreats in Bali this fall. We also had many family members visit us in London this summer to meet Sadie, which kept us very busy, but we still managed to do a few family trips.
Our baby girls’ first trip was to France when she was just six-weeks-old. She did great but we took the Eurostar from London to Paris so I was still nervous for her first flight. Luckily Sadie’s first flight turned out to be the easiest flight you could possibly take – one hour from London to Ireland on a private jet! So at just 11-weeks-old, my baby girl got to take a private jet for her first flight thanks to our friends Janice and David who graciously let us hitch a ride with them. How lucky/spoiled!
We flew from London to Kerry Airport and then drove to Waterville where we stayed at The Butler Arms Hotel for two nights. Waterville is a very tiny, very charming town on Ballinskelligs Bay, on the Ring of Kerry, famous for world-class golf and the fact that scenes from Star Wars The Force Awakens were shot at nearby Skellig Michael Island. Waterville is one of my favorite places on earth – read Why Waterville Should Be On Your Bucketlist – and it was a great place to visit for Sadie’s first flight because the journey was so quick and easy.
Sadie did really well on the plane. She started to cry a little so we gave her a pacifier and she didn’t make a peep after that. If you plan to travel with a baby I highly recommend keeping a few pacifiers in your diaper bag and offering these at take off and landing to help with the change in cabin pressure and also throughout the flight as needed to sooth your baby’s anxiety. A few months ago I wrote a post called 12 Things You Should Know Before Traveling With A Baby which has some useful travel tips for new moms and dads.
The best advice I can give though is don’t let having a new baby stop you from traveling! There are a lot of challenges which I talk about in the post above but family travel is very fun and so rewarding. We took our baby girl to Mallorca, on her first commercial flight a month after this and she did great. Next week we are heading home to the USA for the holidays so I am anxious to see how she does on her first long haul (11 hour) flight. Eek!
Priam stroller and carry cot by Cybex
Butlers Arms has the best sticky toffee pudding on the planet! The only way it can be better is if you wash it down with an ice cold Guinness (while your baby is napping)!
Do you travel with children? Have you visited Waterville or somewhere else in Ireland? Please share your experience in the comments below!