Monday, September 15, 2014

Travelling with Amber

I did blog about travelling with a toddler two months ago but that one was not so detailed, hence, the need to post a new one.

Amber got her first taste of outside world (i mean, outside home longer than an hour) at 2 months old. We went for a walk to a newly opened mall in Beomgye. Later we would regret because she had difficulty sleeping due to gas pains which resulted to T and I taking turns in lulling her to sleep. After 521 lullabies, we all finally managed to sleep at 3am!

This was when she was around 2 months old. We stopped using the carrier a few months after she turned two years.

At that time, we used the baby carrier to make her feel the warmth from her Papa's chest (it was Spring, cold and windy; that explained the gas pains).

Four months after, we took Amber to Seoul as we deemed her ready for long train rides. This time, we used the reliable Inglesina. At present, in spite of the obvious signs of wear and tear, it still proves to be reliable.
Amber at 7 months while feeding her with apple sauce at Incheon airport.

Amber at 1 year and 6 months old. As you can see, this stroller is not bulky but has space underneath for the baby bag containing her essentials.

About the baby bag. Ours is nothing compared to those huge ones with a lot of compartments. The first baby bag I owned was a gift (a goody bag given by the hospital where she was born). It was not bulky and had zero compartments. When we moved to Japan, I bought a new bag with few compartments from Gap. It has plaid design with a fabric suitable for autumn/winter season (as seen on the photo above, bag underneath the stroller). In Summer this year, I decided to replace it with a Dean & Deluca small canvas tote.

What's in her baby bag: The Stitch case containing her diaper, wet tissue, Pigeon insect spray repellant (especially this Summer season), a toy car (i know, but she loves anything with wheels), and something that keeps her from wandering around too much. Often, I put cookies and a juice drink in that bag for her snacks, a bib and face towel.

Everything fits perfectly.

For food, we stopped bringing her own baby food since she started having more teeth. Prior to entering a restaurant, we make sure to check the menu (often placed at the entrance) or at the food directories in malls or establishments. Once we find a place which serves food palatable enough for Amber, we sure do go back there as often as possible. 

A baby chair was necessary but lately of no use since she tends to move around a lot. Before our food arrives, we normally let her watch cartoons to keep her occupied.

At Royal Host, this is what we would usually order for her. Of all these, she only consumes the potato fries, corn soup and rice. Picky eater, i tell you. She used to love eating tomatoes. 

At Sylvanian Forest (another favorite for her to dine with). It's a child-friendly establishment with a buffet of healthy foods and corn! (Amber loves anything corn). They mainly sell toys and this restaurant was just riding on the theme of their main product. Amber practically know the place. She recently discovered her love for cotton candy due to my influence, lol.

The challenge lately is her stubbornness. They call it the terrible twos. The period in which kids are insufferable, LOL! She actually wants to do things her own way, won't listen even when called, and when reprimanded, cries then you end up apologizing profusely. Parenthood is and will never be easy but each day you strive to be a better one. 

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