Warning: Our story has a few boob references (breastfeeding mom here).
Peter surprised me at Christmas with two tickets to Cabo Azul Resort & Spa in Los Cabos, Mexico, which is where we honeymooned 3 years ago. After making all of the plans and typing up e.v.e.r.y.t.h.i.n.g. our moms would need to know to tend to our little one I broke down and talked to Peter about taking her with us. I know it doesn't seem like a big deal but that conversation and decision was tough for me. Why? I was torn. I wanted to be with my husband, loving on him and relaxing alongside him, but I also felt an ache in my heart thinking of leaving my 18-week-old daughter. In the end he shared with me that it would be difficult for him to leave her at home.
And it was one of my favorite times ever. It was so wonderful to be back where we spent our first week as husband and wife. What was even better was sharing the experience with not just my husband but now the father of my child. Wow. It was perfect.
Here's a little break down:
Our flight took off around 10:15am on Sunday, March 25th, and we arrived in Los Cabos at 1:30pm CST. We were two hours behind CST there, but we opted to stick with our normal times and schedule as best we could since we would be coming back in only a few days.
Brynlee did an amazing job on the flight. We were so so proud. (More on traveling with an infant to come.)
Once we arrived at our resort we were given a hospitality room for an hour to feed and change her. Afterwards we got a taxi and went to Mega the supermarket (much like Walmart) to get our groceries. The resort has several restaurants and a market, but we don't mind cooking, especially since our villa has a great kitchen with all of the cooking utensils we need, and it saves us money.
By the time we got back our villa was ready. Once in the villa I unpacked and got Brynlee's crib ready. The resort offers cribs for free, I just took our own sheet. By the time I had finished unpacking it was time for her last feed and bath, so we did those and put her down for the night.
Once down Peter made spaghetti, bread, and a salad, just like we did 3 years earlier, and then we hung out.
On Monday, March 26th, we went out by the pool after Brynlee's second feed (around 9:00am CST), where she had her activity time and we enjoyed the nice breeze until her next feed. After her third feed we let her nap in the crib while we enjoyed some pbandj sandwiches and good conversation on our patio (don't worry, we took our video monitor with us).
Then after her fourth feed we put her in her little bathing suit and went back out to the pool. The weather in Los Cabos is amazing - around 65 degrees in the morning and 80 degrees or less in the afternoon. She enjoyed looking around and feeling the pool water for the first time and then took a sweet little nap on her Daddy.
For her activity time after her last feed before bath, we changed her outfit one more time for family pictures. We went around to some of our favorite spots at the resort and took pictures and then headed back to the villa for the evening (well, it was 6:00pm to us, but really it was 4:00 there). That evening Peter got dinner to-go from Javier's, the nicest restaurant at the resort, and we enjoyed listening to the beach concert the resort was hosting.
On Tuesday, March 27th, we spent Brynlee's second, third, and fourth activity/nap times out by the pool. Oh my goodness, it was wonderful. I fed and we ate/snacked in the villa and then enjoyed the breeze, smells, and sounds of the infinity pools and waves crashing, while playing with our little girl and holding her while she napped.
Before we called it a night we went down to the beach to take a few pictures with Brynlee by the Pacific Ocean. The current is strong and the sand is really rough-not ideal, but really pretty to look at. After her final feed and bath we made steak and salad in the villa and enjoyed retelling our versions of our rehearsal day. (Peter isn't holding her hat over her face in the second picture, he's holding her paci in her mouth with his thumb, but yes, she chose to sleep that way.)
The next day, Wednesday, March 28th, our three year wedding anniversary, we finished packing up and headed to the San Jose del Cabo airport after her second feed. The check-in process took forever because the American Airlines counter was swamped but we eventually made it to our gate and when it came time to board Brynlee had had enough. She was pretty fussy so I started the feed as soon as we got to our seats (we had all three seats on the 3-seat side). Overall she did great on the flight and was a trooper through the really long check-in and customs/immigration process afterwards.
It was a wonderful trip and we made some beautiful memories as our little family of three. We are so truly blessed to have had this special time together.
Funny stories and tips on traveling with an infant to come.