Tobermory in October? With a baby? Yes!

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Thinking of taking a trip to Tobermory Ontario? You defiantly should! Consider going in the fall over the busy summer. It is just as beautiful!

I have been dying to go to Tobermory for years. The blue waters, the hiking, the shipwrecks! It was just calling my name. I am so thrilled I got to go with my mom and take E with me! I was a bit nervous, her first ‘big’ trip, but I figured with my mom on board, we could handle anything. The weather was perfect for our trip. We went on Canadian Thanksgiving Monday and had warm beautiful days perfect for our adventures.

E did so wonderfully! The drive down she started to cry for the last 45 minutes or so. My mom sat in the back with her and played, distracting her for most of that time. But man, those last 20 minutes were hard. Nothing would stop her crying. I made the decision to keep going. We had a boat trip booked for 1 and I knew if we stopped she would stop crying but would start back up again once she was back in the car seat. Longest 20 minutes of my life, but worth it in the end. Once she was out of that seat, she didn’t go back in the rest of that day and I was right, no more crying!

I was thrilled that the weather cooperated and we were able to go on the boat cruise to flowerpot island. We took the Bruce Anchor glass bottom boat out to the shipwrecks first.

 

That was amazing to see. The water is so clear and so blue, it is like being down south, only cold. You could see the shipwrecks through the glass bottom as well as over the sides of the boat. Great view no matter where you sat.

 

We then went out to the open lake and they stepped on the gas. E was a trooper! She didn’t fuss and just looked confused as to why everything was whipping about her. As we pulled up to the island a deep fog was floating through. That really highlighted why there are so many shipwrecks in that area!

Single mom by choice

Once on the island, the fog had cleared and we were able to go hike, after a quick feed on the beach for the little one. I would definitely suggest a carrier, although we saw people with buggies, it was much easier to carry E around, and she loved the views. It made it easier for me to climb down to see the flowerpots closer up (much to the stress of my mom!)

 

 

My mom and I took the easier hike, along the water, viewing the flowerpots then up to the lighthouse and back the way we came. You only get a certain time on the island as you have to book your tickets there and home for specific times. We left the mainland on the 1:50 pm cruise and came back on the 4:15 pm cruise. It was the perfect amount of time for us. We saw everything and didn’t feel rushed.

There were still a few restaurants open for us we got a recommendation to go to the Tobermory Brewing Co for dinner. The prices are a bit dear, but the food was good and so was their beer.  We did hit up another restaurant for dinner, but it wasn’t as nice and we both wished we had gone back to Tobermory Brewing Co for our second night’s dinner!

After the flowerpots and shipwrecks, I really wanted to hike to the grotto and Indian Head. My mom was more nervous about this hike, thinking it would be a bit rockier and hard to navigate, but again, the trail was smooth and easy to walk on, the rocky bit happened once we arrived at Indian Head. Our hike there was entertaining, to say the least, E LOVES being in the carrier forward facing, and she sang about it the whole hike there. Yes sang. She was so sweet and cute, we were stopped more times then I can count. It actually took us 45 minutes to hike there, and only 15 minutes to hike back as she was asleep!

Single mom by choice

Single mom by choice

Indian head is just stunning. The water is gorgeous looking, the views are amazing, and I convinced my mom to climb down a bit to check it all out. I can see why this place is so packed in the summer!

Single mom by choice

My mom and I climbed out again, and I gave her E to entertain while I looked for the grotto. I struggled at first until I saw the white trail blazes and just followed them up and around the rocks. The grotto is pretty cool to see, and while I didn’t climb down, I still enjoyed the view.

We also spent some time at the discovery centre and took a tour through the museum they have there. It is one of the nicest discovery centres I have been in so far! Worth the visit and hike there!

We stayed at the Bruce Anchor and I was really pleased with the location. We walked everywhere. To dinner, to the discovery centre, to the boat cruise. The only time we had to drive was to get to the Grotto hike. It was nice to be able to get out and about with some ease. I used the stroller to manoeuvre around town and on our discovery centre hike and the carrier to do the actual hikes. While out for food, I used my new Guzzie and Gus Perch high chair. E isn’t sitting on her own, this highchair is a harness strap so it holds her in. She loved being at the table like a big girl with us. The only downside is you can’t sit at a pedestal table. You need a table with legs. But it is well worth it!

E did so fabulously for her first trip away that I can’t wait to go away with her again. What was the first ‘big’ trip that you did with your little one?

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What to pack in a carry on for baby and you

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Traveling is stressful enough, let alone with a baby! Here is a post about how I packed in a carry on for a short trip.

 

Well, we survived. I took E to Montreal for a 5-day visit with family and friends. I had looked at taking the train, but it would have taken 6-8hrs, which is such a long time! While I would not be driving, this wasn’t overly ideal. I looked at flying and low and behold it was almost the same price to fly as it was to take the train! And it would only take an hour! SOLD.

As I booked, I noticed that luggage had a cost of 35$… This spoke to me like a challenge. Can you pack for you and baby in carry on only??

CHALLENGE ACCEPTED

I called the airline and found out that I get two carry-ons (a bag and a large purse) and baby also gets 1 carry on! The airport also will take your stroller and check it for free.

The first thing to do was to purchase a bag that I could use as a carry-on. I researched and through Sarah’s blog, decided on the G4Free bag.

I got a bright green one. I used prime and it arrived in 1 day! (Oh Prime I love you!). It arrived exactly as advertised. I was pumped!

I borrowed my friends packing cubes and set to work figuring out what I would need to bring for each of us. I decided on one packing cube for my things, and two for Es. One for her clothes, and one for her receiving blankets, towel etc.

I was staying with a friend, so I knew I had access to the laundry which helped cut down on everything.

Here is what I packed:

Me:
3 pairs of sweet legs
1 pair of jean shorts
2 t-shirts
2 tank tops
1 bra
2 pairs of socks
Underwear
Pajama top
Pajama bottom
Pj bra

I wore:
1 black light pant
1 tank top
1 flamingo button up
1 bra
Toms

E’s clothes
3 sleepers
8 onesies
3 pairs of pants
1 sleep hat
A handful of headbands

E wore:
1 jean dress
1 pair of pants
1 sweatshirt
1 headband

E’s bag of baby stuff
1 towel
10 baby clothes
3 receiving blankets
2 muslin blankets
3 toys – 1 she hadn’t seen in ages
1 toy blanket
Diapers – more than I thought I needed for the trip (I bought a bag when I arrived)

Toiletries and Liquids
1 lush shampoo bar
1/2 lush conditioner bar – carried in these
1 small tube of my face wash – not full
1 small tube of my face lotion – not full
1 small tube of Es wash to share
1 small tube of Es lotion to share
1 travel toothpaste
1 toothbrush
5 floss sticks
Tweezers
Qtips
Comb
Essential oils – cheer, console, peace, stomach tamer, tea tree

E’s Carry on
Dock-a-tot Deluxe

My Carry On
Diaper bag
-my ring sling, diapers, wipes, change of clothes X2 for E and a tank top for me, two toys, change pad, nursing cover, wet bag, water bottle, sunglasses, and E’s medicine in this amazing cooler bag from skip-hop.



I look at this and think it is a lot! You may look and think the opposite. Well, I think I packed too much!! E’s amount was perfect. You never know when you will have a blowout or 4… But for myself, I didn’t even wear a pair of leggings, and the pants I wore down were unnecessary. I should have just worn a pair of tights. The only thing I wish I had was a sweater/sweatshirt. How I forgot this, I do not know. I would have gladly replaced my flamingo shirt for a sweatshirt!

I definitely brought too much wash and lotion, but they were in the small bottles so it wasn’t really relevant. I also could have gotten away with not bringing Es towel as I only bathed her once (eek!)

I was totally impressed with myself and the ability to pack everything as a carry-on! The backpack was full, but not busting, my diaper bag (purse) was full of diapers, wipes and just in case necessities. Es dock-a-tot is squishy and light.

 

As you can see from the photo we don’t look to loaded up! I used the Mommy Hook to carry the Dock-a-tot on the stroller, I wore the bag and my diaper bag was on the stroller.

 

 

 

I was really worried about the whole stroller/car seat thing. I thought I was going to have to check the car seat before getting to the gate. So I bought this car seat cover, and I attached the ‘big girl’ seat to the stroller, which makes the stroller so much heavier. Turns out I was fine. They let me bring the stroller and car seat to the gate, where I checked it on the silver trolley outside the plane door. (we boarded off the tarmac). I still used the car seat cover and was glad I had it. I put E in our ring sling, and packed up the car seat into the travel bag, wore my pack and had everything else still attached to the stroller. Because we get to board first I wasn’t stressed about holding people up.

Once I was called to board it went pretty smoothly. I was carrying E and pushed the stroller out to the tarmac, I put the car seat and stroller up, unhooked the dock-a-tot and placed it on the trolley along with my bag. I brought just my diaper bag onboard. When we disembarked, everything was right there for us! I was able to grab my stuff quickly, open the stroller put E into her car seat and walk into the airport! SO EASY!

All in all our first flight and packing experience was a win! Stay tuned for a post about our actual trip!

When you travel do you pack carry on only or do you pay the fee (if applicable) and check your luggage?

Do you think bringing a carry on will continue to be an obtainable goal as E grows?

Let me know what you think in the comments!

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Traveling is stressful enough, let alone with a baby! Here is a post about how I packed in a carry on for a short trip.

Traveling is stressful enough, let alone with a baby! Here is a post about how I packed in a carry on for a short trip.

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