My sister-in-law got married a couple weeks ago, so we had our first weekend away from the house since the baby was born. There were a lot of firsts on this trip; first time with the dogs in the car with the baby, first time I considered getting rid of the dogs since the baby was born, first time nursing in a church, and I assume there were more , but I can’t remember them all right now.
Once we got the car packed and were on our way, dog number one jumped into the car seat, I pulled her off after yelling some choice words, then she did it again along with dog number two. We realized that they were afraid of the stroller frame that was balancing behind the front seats. After some shuffling we got on our way again and the dogs settled in. I swore I would never be someone who got rid of the dogs after the baby was born, but that all flew out the window when I saw them in her car seat. The rest of the car ride was uneventful, luckily it was only a 1 and a half hour drive.
The rehersal was on Friday and due to the timing of everything I ended up having to feed Addy at the church in the sanctuary since it was the one place open. So now I can say that I have breastfed in the oldst catholic cathedral in the U.S. Then of course she had to have a blowout diaper when I forgot to put a spare set of clothes in the bag. We took her in the bathroom and cleaned her onesie the best we could, then made our way to dinner. By this time it was already about 9, which is usually bed time for us.we almost made it through the whole night without a meltdown, but just as daddy was on his way to get the car it happened. Luckily she fell asleep in the car.
We had the whole next day to just hang out. I am so thankful for nursing, because it gave Addy and I some quite time here and there. I think it really helped her with being in a different place and all. She did so well and kept up with her usual schedule of eat, play, sleep, that is after we woke up at 11am.
Tony was photographing the wedding so he left early and it was my job to get his Mom out of the house on time. I made sure to have a couple changes of clothes for the baby and lots of blankets, since it was unseasonably cold, nursed Addy so I wouldn’t have to do it during the wedding, and got myself ready. We all made it out of the house on time. I think this is the first time I have been on time since the baby was born, so another first!
The wedding was beautiful! I sat in the back just in case I had to make a run for it. Every sound seemed to reverberate through the church. I sat there thinking; please don’t poop, because she grunts really loudly when she does. Thankfully she didn’t.
She did really well nursing at the reception, then got passed around amongst the family members. Not sure how long this is going to last, but i love that she goes to other people easily. Something else that was awesome was that I was not the only nursing mom at the wedding, another woman was nursing her daughter there too.
When the band started playing it got really loud and I knew that was our time to leave. We lasted until about 10:30PM, so we did really well. Tony made sure I got in the car okay, but he had to stay to take pictures, so I went back to my sister-in-law’s house alone.
I got Addy all ready to go to sleep, but I think she realized that daddy wasn’t there, so she faught going to sleep with all her might. I finally got her down around 11:45pm. Everyone got home at midnight and Tony’s mom had made pozole. It was fun getting to hang put with his family, I love all of them so much.
The next morning we made our way home. So our first trip was a success! We may have been a little stressed but I assume that is normal. It took a couple days to get Addy back to her normal schedule, but she did really well.