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How to Fly with a Baby

November 18, 2017

At 7-months-old, Ryan and I are proud to say that Roselyn is a seasoned traveler, having spent over 50 hours traveling across the U.S. thus far.

That being said, we never had the opportunity to fly with Rosie before, so this month we experienced another "first" – our first flight with a baby!


Thankfully, our first experience flying together was positive and we solely attribute that to the many tips that we received from our fellow family travelers and friends.

We put a list together of the top strategies we used to ensure a pleasant and successful flight, that we hope will help you on your upcoming travels:

How to Fly with a Baby


1. Only pack in your diaper bag what you will need for your travel day.

I tend to be that Mom that over-packs and prepares for everything, so it took some time for me to narrow down what was actually coming with us to the airport:
  • 1 carry-on: That held our chargers, electronics and extra outfits in case of a baby accident or spill, etc.
  • 1 checked car-seat
  • 1 checked suitcase: That held all our outfits, toiletries and extra bottles, food, diapers and wipes for the baby.
  • 1 diaper bag: That held:
    • A bottle, sippy-cup and utensils.
    • Food pouches and snacks.
    • 8-10 diapers to get through our travel day, from the airport and airplane to the hotel that evening.
    • Pacifiers to ease her ear pressure during take-off and landing.
    • Soft books and toys that wouldn't make too much noise on the plane.
2. Prepare for playtime.

First, we packed an accessible blanket in our diaper bag, so that Roselyn could get her wiggles out at the airport before we boarded. Then, we packed 4-5 soft books and toys that she could enjoy playing with, both at the airport and on the plane ride.

These included toys like:

3. Prepare for pressure on the plane.

We wanted to relieve Rosie's pain from the pressure of the altitude changes on the plane, so we timed our feedings for takeoff and landing and packed an extra pacifier or two, so she could suck and swallow and not feel so many pressure changes.

4. Snacks, snacks, snacks!

We were so thankful that we packed extra snacks, because Roselyn didn't sleep on either flight as long as we had hoped. When she was done playing, we would give her finger/snack foods that were both easy to eat and healthy too:

5. Remember to smile.

It's easy to get overwhelmed on travel days, but it's important to remember to enjoy the experience and to smile through it too. 

We had a few hiccups that began to overwhelm us – TSA testing us (and each bottle and pouch in our diaper bag) and our rental car not being ready when we arrived at our destination – but there were more positive experiences than anything. Roselyn reminded us to enjoy this experience with her by doing things like laughing at the automatic sinks in the bathroom while I was changing her, and by smiling at every airline attendant and personnel we encountered during our travel day.

We understand that each baby is different and his or her needs are unique, but hopefully these tips will make for an easier flight for you and your family during your upcoming travel day!


Baby Blanket: Eddie Bauer
Bandana Bib: Carter's
Onesie: Carter's

This Is the Time to Remember

October 6, 2017

"This is the time to remember, 'cause it will not last forever. These are the days to hold on to, but we won't, although we'll want to."

As we enter autumn, I'm reminded of how quickly Roselyn is growing and how time is passing by.

Rosie is officially 6-months-old now, and although I've been taking photos of her each day, we have hardly captured any pictures of the three of us together since she joined our family. That is why we were so happy to reconnect with our friend Valerie, of Valerie Bolitho Photography, for family portraits this month!

Valerie helped us document both our engagement and wedding photos, so it was very special to have her shoot our family of three, now that we're back home in Phoenix again.













We had such an incredible time shooting this season of our lives at the Desert Botanical Garden and are looking forward to doing it again soon.

We've learned that you can never take enough photos of this time with your babe – Roselyn is growing so fast and it's beginning to feel like if we blink, we'll miss it.

Thank you to our friend Valerie for continuing to document these milestones in our lives!

Baby Outfit: Baby Gap
Caitlin's Outfit: PinkBlush
Ryan's Outfit: Chaps

Frida and Diego | The Heard Museum in Phoenix

September 17, 2017

Hi! How are you? It's been awhile since our last update!

We've been quite busy seeing family and friends, settling in and unpacking boxes at our new home in Phoenix over the last month.

We were grateful to find some time for ourselves to relax amidst meetups and the move, and we chose to spend that time at the Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera art exhibit at the Heard Museum this past month.

(Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit/Heard Museum)

The Heard Museum was founded in 1929 by Dwight and Maie Bartlett Heard, prominent ranchers who collected a significant amount of American Indian art after they settled in the Southwest.

Today, their museum features over 40,000 pieces of Native American art and objects from multiple Southwestern tribes, including the Hopi, Navajo and Zuni.

We had a great time going through all the American Indian cultural exhibits at the Heard Museum, but were most thrilled to see Kahlo and Rivera's masterpieces from Mexico. We had been waiting to see their work in person for some time – Frida has long been an icon in my culture and has been my favorite artist as long as I can remember. So, it felt as if the stars had aligned when our move allowed us to see the exhibit during its last weekend on display in Phoenix – the only North American stop for the gallery, which is on a global tour.




(Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera Exhibit/Heard Museum)




The Frida and Diego exhibit at the Heard Museum was everything we had hoped it would be – nothing short of spectacular!

It was incredible to see Kahlo's iconic "Self Portrait with Monkeys" and Rivera's "Sunflowers," in addition to more than 50 photographs that family and friends had taken of Kahlo throughout her life.

To make the visit even more special, we had our daughter with us, who absolutely loved looking at all the vivid imagery surrounding her. We can't wait to teach her all about her culture and about Frida and Diego one day!


Did you have the opportunity to see Frida and Diego's exhibit?

What was your favorite piece of work?

We'd love to hear all about your experience in the comments below or on my Facebook or Instagram!