Two weeks ago, my husband and I traveled up to New England. Since I can’t ever take a vacation from my diabetes, I had diabetes tagging along like usual but this time my husband and I had another companion-my son! It was our first time flying with him! It was technically our second trip with my son but the first was a short trip away to Williamsburg (about 1.5 hours away) so this recent one was a much different experience. I was so nervous leading up to it wondering how the trip would go with my son and then I was pretty stressed the whole time making sure he was OK.
We left on a Friday, flying into Boston and stayed the night at my sister-in-law’s house. Saturday, we drove up to Portland, Maine, where we stayed until Tuesday when we headed back to Boston and then flew out on Wednesday morning. We went up to Maine for a family reunion on my husband’s mom side of the family but it was a disguise to surprise my mother-in-law for her birthday. Aunts, uncles, cousins and second cousins were all there for their annual reunion but my husband and I haven’t been able to make it in the past. So my mother-in-law had no idea that we were coming so we were able to pull off the surprise for her 60th birthday!
While we were up in Maine we also saw my husband’s dad’s side of the family and it turned into an unplanned family reunion on that side as my husband’s uncle and cousins showed up to visit while we were visiting my husband’s parents and grandparents.
It was great to see so many of his extended family. They came from all over the country-Kansas, Florida, Maryland, Massachusetts, and northern Maine to meet up in Portland, Maine. We finished the trip with a day of sightseeing, just the three of us (hubby, son and myself) in Boston, which was a nice way to end the trip.
Besides a short weekend in Williamsburg, this was our one and only trip for the year and I was very nervous leading up to it, worrying about how my son would do. We *finally* got on a good sleep routine a few weeks prior to the trip so I was worried about making sure we were able to stick to it, while still being somewhat flexible with the travel plans. I think we were able to successfully stick to his schedule, minus a few blips here and there.
I was also very worried about the flight. However, I was also pleasantly surprised at how well my son did. I nursed him on take off and I gave him his pacifier on landing and he seemed to do fine. During the flight we were able to keep him happy with his toys so he didn’t make much of a fuss. It was funny because the people sitting around us before the flight completely avoided eye contact with us and then after the flight everyone was talking to us about how great my son did and how cute he was. I think their first thoughts when they sat down near us was “oh no, I hope this baby doesn’t cry the whole flight”. Luckily, he was a little angel and did amazing. Another obstacle was packing since my husband and I are notorious over packers but we managed to pack just the right amount of stuff for our trip. I can never avoid packing every single diabetes supply in my cabinet, despite knowing I only needed a 6 day supply.
One difficulty I did encounter was the sleeping arrangements. My son won’t sleep in a pack n play so he had to sleep in our bed since he didn’t have a crib in the hotel room. Since he was in my bed, I wasn’t able to check my blood sugar for fear of waking him up with the noise or light so I had to go off of my CGM for boluses. I’ve been running high overnight so it made me a little nervous bolusing without checking but I survived OK.
My son did amazing but I will say that traveling with him is much more stressful than when it was just my husband and I. I don’t think I will be taking a “vacation” as much as a “trip” in the future with a kid. I was so stressed leading up to the trip about packing and how he would do on the plane and then also while on the trip, stressing about his sleep schedule. I came home from the trip and needed like a week to recover! My husband and I wanted to take this trip as a practice for possibly going on more trips in the near future but considering how exhausting it was, I think we will wait a while to take another trip.
One plus to traveling with a baby though was that airport security was a breeze with him! Normally with my insulin pump and CGM I have to get patted down and it takes a while to make it through. Traveling with my son, I was wearing him in the baby carrier and we glided right through security! I didn’t need to have the pat down and I only had to go through the metal detector. On the flight home, I somehow got on the TSA pre-check list so I didn’t even have to take my shoes off haha. I’ve traveled so much that I don’t mind the pat down anymore but it was definitely nice to have a “break” from all the stress I was feeling and not add one more thing for me to worry about (having to deal with the pat down).
It was so great to see so many family members but I’m looking forward to stay-cations for the near future!