Wednesday, February 28, 2007
back from miami (aka rockstar baby's first holiday)

rockstar baby's first plane ride
Originally uploaded by katdlr.
So I’m back from our little holiday to Miami. It was an experience alright! Vacations take on a whole new meaning once you have a toddler in tow! The flight to Miami went well. Rockstar baby behaved, fell asleep for about an hour, and then was awake for the rest of the 3.5-hour flight. We entertained him for a bit and he was content to eat his Cheerios and be read to, but towards the end, he just wanted out of the darn plane! At least he didn’t throw a tantrum and didn’t have any screaming fits. (The flight back home was even better since he was asleep the whole time!)

We stayed at my parents’ condo in Sunny Isles (aka the North Miami Beach area) which is totally not baby-proofed! Within the first hour, rockstar baby did the following: banged his head on the mirrors (he just doesn’t pay attention when he’s walking), spilled a bottle of olive oil on the floor, and threw a garbage can in the toilet! He loves to explore and walk around, so most of our energy was spent watching him and doing damage control.

higher! higher!by the beach2
that's my parent's condo in the backgroundfirst day on the beach
We did plenty of things during the day: visit South Beach’s Lincoln Road and strolled around; go to Bayside Marketplace for some souvenir shopping and to visit the marina, and then we took the baby to the beach and the pool. He had a great time walking in the sand but he was scared of the little waves that break onto the shore. His feet got wet and since it was cold, he wasn’t too pleased. He preferred walking around the shore. We also took him in the pool, but we didn’t swim since we couldn’t really take him in with us (he had no special swimming diapers plus the water was also too cold for him and we didn’t want him to get sick).

Having lunch at Sushi Samba - South Beach
lincoln road

Chilling at Bayside Marketplace
bayside marina

There were just a couple of things I realized when we got there:

1) Forget visions of sunbathing by the beach/pool: Unless you have a nanny (or other caretaker) with you, there is no sunbathing on the beach while reading a book or drinking a frozen cocktail.
2) Forget the nightlife: Unless you have a nanny/caretaker with you, there is no such thing as going dancing/clubbing at night.

However, we still had an amazing time together as a family. Watching rockstar baby walking around on the beach was wonderful in and of itself! It was great to just wake up together and not have to scramble to go to work. We ate lunch out, spent tons of time with rockstar baby (we had no choice! ;), did some sight-seeing, and stayed in at night. Which is just fine with the hubs and I since we’ve been to Miami several times already (we go about once a year or so). I wanted to take him to the zoo and the parrot jungle, but realized he was just too young to do those things. Another year perhaps?

solo steps

by the beach

Our next holiday will be at the beach again –this time, at the local NJ shore for a wedding around Labor Day Weekend. But only driving, no flying involved. There’s also the possibility of going to the Philippines in December, but I have to think twice about flying for 18+ hours with rockstar baby --in coach! I just don’t know if I can do it!

p.s. SPECIAL SHOUT-OUT to KAI: She designed and uploaded this kick-arse new template of mine. Isn't she talented folks? Much love and thanks Kai!

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POSTED BY KAT AT 2/28/2007 09:57:00 PM |


Anonymous toni said...

I love your new layout, Kat! It's so you. Classic, feminine, rocker -- a great fusion.

Florida sounded wonderful. Rockstar Baby sure looked like he enjoyed himself! :) Here's to more vacations and family adventures.

3/01/2007 03:11:00 AM  
Blogger tintin said...

yay to Kai! I love your new banner!

As for the trip to Philippines. He'll be almost two by then won't he? It's still iffy but if you have your parents and hubby coming along, it may work if they're helpful with the RB (rockstar Baby). It will NOT work if you're by yourself.

You just have to decide whether you really want to go because 18+ hours is no joke even for me.

3/01/2007 06:10:00 PM  
Blogger kmargrett said...

great pictures! i'm glad the family trip was a success =)

3/01/2007 10:44:00 PM  
Anonymous evi said...

never been to florida. my son is convincing us to take him to disneyworld.

when you have kids, you have to sacrifice activities such as going to the bar or if you're in vegas, you can't go to the casino and gamble. but still it is exciting in a different way. just like what you did.

i don't think we would ever want to go places without our son. it's no longer about us seeing the world but him seeing the world.

3/02/2007 01:46:00 AM  
Anonymous analyse said...

holidaying isn't the same anymore with a kid .. it's another kind of fun ;)

3/02/2007 08:28:00 AM  
Blogger Mec said...

in short:

if you don't have a nanny/caretaker/other nurturing person with you, you can't enjoy the same things... or not in the same way...

but you get to be a witness to something more wonderful: your child's becoming :)

3/02/2007 10:27:00 AM  
Blogger G. said...

hey, where's my comment?

3/02/2007 11:28:00 AM  
Blogger Trish said...

See, I knew Jakey would be fine on the plane. :) Glad you enjoyed your trip! Great pics, too- thanks for sharing!

3/02/2007 01:01:00 PM  
Blogger kat said...

TONI:thanks! glad you like it! and we're def. looking forward to more family vacations!

TINTIN: yes i know! my parents actually have to fly ahead, and the hubs is already saying no to the 18+ hour flight! so what to do? we have a few months to decide...

MS. LINDO: thanks! sent you a thank you note by the way, but it got returned to me! will send it again!

EVI: the hubs and i went to disneyworld a few years back --you will def. enjoy it! kids or without (but even better with kids and with a group if you can!) go for it! i'll tell axel to keep bugging you! ;)

ANALYSE/MEC: yes, it's a diff. experience alright! you do enjoy things on a different level. and it's so wonderful to see the world through your kids' eyes!

GIRLIE: what comment?

TRISH: *breathe-sigh-of-relief* i'm glad it went well! although the Fort Lauderdale airport made me throw away his water for formula =P

3/02/2007 04:35:00 PM  
Blogger Marie said...

You said you're comng in December? hmmmmm another EB in the making.

3/05/2007 09:41:00 AM  
Blogger Kai said...

Thanks, Tintin! ;) I'm so glad you liked it, Kat. I will update it with the flickr thing this week. Allow me to be done with freakin' Algebra exams first, hehe. Glad you had fun in Miami! That's what's likeable about that state, it doesn't seem winter even if other parts of the country are slathered with snow. Obviously, Rockstar Baby had an awesome time! :)

3/05/2007 07:40:00 PM  
Anonymous tin said...

i'm amazed how you can juggle your time between rockstar baby, your career, the hubs, your home, vacationing and blogging!!! share me some tips please! :-)

3/11/2007 12:59:00 AM  

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