Travel advice wanted + post-baby body update

by Kim on January 12, 2015

Ok, let’s start with the important stuff: we booked our Florida vacay!

Mid-April, 6 nights, Ft. Myers beach. We somehow got an insanely cute 3 bedroom house with a private pool for less $$ than ANY of the hotels I looked at. I guess the secrets are: 1) booking a place 20 feet from the beach (literally) rather than directly ON the beach, 2) not going in February or March with the rest of the entire country.

In a few months, I’ll be on that exact lounge chair…


I hope 6 nights is a good amount of time. My biggest lesson learned from my last Florida trip with Mason was: kids need time to adjust. If you want 3 nice days of happy kids, double that to allow for cranky adjustment time, and you should be good. We’ll see how that theory holds up (especially with 2 now)…

The only loose ends now are related to kid logistics. Do we buy a super compact double stroller and bring it along (pro: using it in the airport, con: bringing a stroller on a plane) or rent one down there (there’s a company that rents out double BOBs—dreamy!), do we bring carseats (1 or 2?), do we check a Pack n’ Play or rent a crib there…

Fellow mom travelers, I’d love your advice!

In other news, I’m over 4 months postpartum now, and really starting to feel like my old self again! For one thing, I’m excited to be back to my post-baby weight (even a few LBs under, for some reason).

4 months pp

Even though I’m pretty sure I lost weight at about the same rate with my first pregnancy, it’s still blowing my mind how it ended up happening. Here’s a rough look at my body’s preferred postpartum schedule:

Month 1: Lose 15 pounds within the first week, 5 more in the second. Feel insanely skinny because, wow, the difference between 40+ weeks preggo and NOT preggo!

Month 2: LOSE NOTHING. Like maaaybe one pound. Eat healthy—feel like a giant blob.

Month 3: STILL LOSE NOTHING. Ok, technically 3 pounds, but only because of the no sugar challenge. Work out plenty—still feel pretty blobby. Nothing fits—buy new clothes.

Month 4: Lose 5 pounds PER WEEK by eating enormous holiday meals and unlimited sweets. Barely work out—feel awesome. New clothes are too big.

I’ve always known that women’s bodies are all over the place on the postpartum weight loss front. Some lose it all in two weeks, some turn a corner at six months, and some cling to the pounds until they stop breastfeeding.

What I didn’t always realize—or, maybe, didn’t want to accept—was that we have little control over what camp we fall into. Genes and hormones run the show in a BIG way. Our noble efforts to eat healthy and work out are nice, but all they can really do is support our bodies’ natural tendencies.

Now, my goal is to remember all this for next time (if there is a next time?!?!)…

Well, the kiddos’ naptimes are over—I guess that’s it for me! Hope you’re having a lovely Monday.



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Claire January 16, 2015 at 7:48 pm

we are taking our first trip on an airplane as a family of four to Florida in march…super anxious foe the travel part and sleep adjustment but looking forward to staying in a home with a pool too…so ideal with little ones to have your own space! hopefully us mamas get to enjoy some relaxing moments pool side!
you look amazing by the way..,good work! hanging two doesn’t allow you to sit still very much, that’s a good exercise in itself!


Giselle January 12, 2015 at 9:20 pm

Your vacation sounds awesome! I think houses or condos are just an all around better deal when traveling with kids. You have more space, a kitchen, yard…
We rented a stroller when we went to Disneyland last year and it was great! It was at our hotel when we arrived and we dropped it off when we left. Super cheap too! I’ve been wondering about renting a car seat when we fly to Hawaii too but wasn’t sure how that worked. Are there rules about car seat rentals? Guess I better start looking into that…
AND you look great! Go you four months postpartum! I hope I have that much luck the next time around. With Ayden I hung onto it forever!
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Kim January 14, 2015 at 9:49 am

Yeah we have a lot of decisions to make about the baby equipment. The car seats are the biggest question–I know it’s going to be such a hassle either way, but you gotta do it I guess!


Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate January 12, 2015 at 8:24 pm

I just visited Ft Myers in November- great spot! I bet you have a countdown going already ;)
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Kim January 14, 2015 at 9:50 am

3 months to go! haha :)


Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy January 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm

Your Florida trip will be so much fun! I’m already dreaming of warmer weather. I’d love to know where you found the deal — my husband and I are planning to take a vacation in May or June, and I’m trying to scope out places!
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Kim January 12, 2015 at 8:10 pm

It was on! Hope you find a good spot!


Becky @ Olives n Wine January 12, 2015 at 5:14 pm

Oooh Ft. Myers! You will be like 20 minutes from me :) It’ll be perfect in April when you’re here. I haven’t traveled with baby items but I always like to travel lightly so I say rent. There are A TON of places down here with kid rentals too – I think it’s for all of the snowbirds that have grandkids visit once per year ;)
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Kim January 12, 2015 at 8:21 pm

Yes, so funny that they have so many kid rental places! And so, SO nice!


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