I thought I would recap our trip and give a few things that worked for us on traveling with a baby.
Flight time. When we went to Charleston we scheduled a flight at 6:30 in the morning. That was seriously a WTH was I thinking moment. I was obviously in a new mom fog when I made those plane reservations because I wasn't thinking that the plane taking off at 6:30 meant that we needed to get up at about 4:30. I was a much smarter traveler this time and booked our flight for 8:45.
We gate checked her car seat and were lucky enough to send her stroller with Tommy's parents who were driving. We checked all of our other bags so that we would have more freedom and I wore her in the Bjorn through the airport and security. They are really liberal with parents flying with children, so I was able to sail through and bring on milk and water.
Oh, another thing - we booked a direct flight. From Tulsa to Denver it is only about an hour and a half, so it wasn't that bad. She was pretty good on the plane and we had lots of books, toys, puree pouches, and milk to entertain her. Our trump card, though:
We somehow planned our return flight for her nap time, so that was perfect.
When we landed, we went to the Denver Zoo. Emmy loved seeing the animals, people watching and seeing her cousins.
These two little ones were beat by the end of the zoo:
My sweet niece Bella turned one while we were in CO. She and Emmy had so much fun "playing" together!
Our little family on Emmy's first hike. She really did love it. I think it was the combination of seeing the kids and the scenery!
Tommy's sister Kristen and her family:
We also went bike riding. I wouldn't recommend this with an 8-month old. Ha! She looks so peaceful before the activity began:
Now these two cuties were perfect for the bike trailer. They loved it!
We also went to the top of the mountain and there was still some snow!