Traveling with a baby sucks donkey balls. I’m just sayin’. There’s really no easy way to go about it, especially when you’re flying solo and your child is too big to carry in a sling for more than 5 minutes.
And babies need a lot of crap, so you pack twice as much – maybe three times as much – crap and then have to lug around said crap.
Yet I am so grateful that I get to go to a conference that is so baby-friendly. I would have missed my little guy terribly had I gone without him. I will do things differently next year, that is certain.
I found I needed child care MORE during the evenings. I didn’t have a backup person with me (like, ahem, some people). I wanted to go to the cocktail parties to see people that I didn’t get to see during the day. Visit a little. Schmooze, if you will.
But I couldn’t. At all. It was way too crowded. I couldn’t maneuver anywhere, even with the small stroller I took (thank goodness I didn’t take the jogger!). I wound up staying in one place, usually in a corner or out of the way because it was easier. Not very helpful when you’re trying to meet people.
I probably should have just stayed in at night – it would have saved me the frustration. But I really wanted to try, wanted to see everyone. It’s just not possible with a bigger baby.
Next time, I will either need to have someone with me or just not bring him. Those are the only options, really. I was way too stressed out to enjoy the parties like I wanted to.
Wait, I said good and bad, right? Okay. The daycare was awesome. They took such good care of my guy. He was happy and had so much fun playing with the toys they had and getting lots of attention from the women. And they were so nice when I had to keep checking in on him.
I loved being able to go to my sessions without towing him and the stroller and diaper bag (in addition to my camera and other junk). But I also loved being able to run upstairs and see what he was up to. I’ve never seen such a family-friendly conference in all of my years. Where else can you find a lactation room at a con? Not any of the other conferences I’ve been to.
I would totally do it again, but differently. And let’s not get into the suck that is navigating an airport with a kid and luggage – and then having flight delays added on.