Sunday, December 07, 2008

Happy Holidays

Hey look! A picture of the four of us! Together!
We went to Alexandria yesterday in theory for the parade of lights where boats are decorated for the holidays and cruise by. This sounded great except for two things -- apparently the parade started at 6 p.m., not at 4 p.m. like I thought (that's when the music started or something), and secondly, that is was snowing. We ended up tooling around for a couple of hours and then getting home late, like 6:30. Both kids were good sports even though it was late and cold.
Knock wood, but Meg is usually a pretty good sleeper. The problem lately is that she is getting up earlier and earlier, like the unholy hour 5:45 a.m., and eagerly and enthusiastically ready for the day. The books I've read say that an earlier bedtime actually makes them sleep later, but I'm pretty hard pressed to get her to bed at 6:30 p.m. like I want to. I'm a little curious to see how things are going to go when we're in Dallas, what with all the festivities, alcohol consumption by myself and falling back an hour to Central Time.
I also haven't exactly figured out the configuration for the plane. We got seats for all four of us (thanks, Mom!). Andy will be easy so long as the batteries to the DVD player work, but I haven't decided about Meg. She's long outgrown the baby car seat that would be really easy to hook into the airplane seat. We have a cool car seat/stroller combo (again, thanks Mom!), but it's a little bulky and I think I'd like to have a better stroller with me in Dallas. We don't need car seats since my mother has an extra set in her cars for my nieces. She's really a little too small still to sit in a seat without anything propping her up, and most importantly, stapping her down so she can't run anywhere. Thoughts and suggestions?


  1. Take a regular car seat even if you don't need it while you are there. Wheel it down to the plane in the stroller and then check the stroller at the door of the plane (to be brought back up upon your arrival). You will be glad you did. If you don't take a car seat, it will be like having a lap child which doesn't free you up to nap yourself or engage in any adult stuff (magazines, conversation, adult beverage where you can actually drink it and not inhale when you get a chance...). Just my thoughts. she is used to falling asleep in a car seat...

    good luck!

  2. Anonymous11:45 PM

    I love this picture of all four of you. Although it sucks Mark and I aren't in the picture, make this your Christmas card!

  3. I totally agree with F - take the car seat!! We took one for Ewan when we went to London last year and it was a good decision. A more PC version of a straight jacket. :-)

  4. well, I'll stir the pot with the thought that we took a car seat ONCE and HATED it!!!! Now it could be the type of car seat we have (Britax Marathon) that caused the problem, or that we didn't have a clue what we were doing. Seriously, it was SO hard to get the seat belt through the car seat and then Alan almost broke his wrist trying to get it snapped was really pretty awful. Needless to say, Brady has been a lap child other than that, but our flights aren't very long.
    Good luck figuring out what to do!!