Am I crazy?


We have now come to the time of year when I usually start the countdown to Abbey Road on the River. One who doesn’t know me very well might possibly think that, this year, there will be no countdown, being that I will have just had a baby eight weeks or so before AROTR. Like I said — that person doesn’t know me very well. The plan, as of right now, is for me to make the trip, infant in tow.
To some that might sound ill-advised or, at the very least, more trouble than it’s worth. However, I should point out I do have experience traveling with infants. Madalyn’s first plane trip was at 8 weeks. John-Zachary’s? 5 weeks. I was accompanied by Robert both of those times but I have to say that after dealing with a six-year-old and a three-year-old all day, every day, having only a two-month-old to worry about will be like a walk in the park, by comparison.
As for the actual festival I think it’s very conducive to bringing small children. A lot of the concerts are outdoors, which means a crying baby would be less noticeable and which also means you can remove yourself from the immediate area so as not to bother people, but still be within range to hear the music. The weather the past two years has been very mild. Heat shouldn’t be a problem. There are indoor concerts, most of which I attend. These have assigned seating so leaving and returning mid-concert is simple. I won’t lose my seat if I have to leave for a little while. Additionally the hotel is on the actual grounds of the festival. I simply ride the elevator downstairs and walk out the back door and I’m there. This makes it easy to take multiple breaks throughout the day. I think if the hotel was at another location I probably wouldn’t consider going because it wouldn’t be logistically feasible.
At the end of May the baby will still be in the “lump” stage and therefore will be very portable. I intend to take both the stroller and the sling; the stroller being for leaving the hotel area to go eat or shop and the sling being for wear at the festival. At eight weeks old she should still be content to spend most of her time in the sling and really all I will need to have on hand for her will be a few extra diapers thrown into my bag, as her meals will be “on tap”, so to speak. I always take either a backpack or a large-ish bag with a long handle that I can hang on my person, anyway, and her itty-bitty diapers and maybe a burp cloth and a bib won’t require much extra room.
So, as of right now, I am going to forge ahead with the plans on the assumption I will definitely be going. The first order of business is to buy my weekend pass, upon which I will be sent a special confirmation code to get the festival rate for the hotel room, which I will then book. Then all that will remain is to book the airline tickets. Depending on how finances look I will need to decide if I want to get only myself a ticket and hold her the whole way there or whether I want to splurge and buy her her own seat. That would be my preference. It is SO nice to have somewhere to set the baby down, especially if she actually falls asleep. Then mommy gets a little reading time or time for a snack. We’ll just have to play it by ear, though. The ticket would be half-price so if I can book early enough to get a good deal it won’t be totally outrageous. Also depending on finances I may hire a car to come get us at the airport rather than going the taxi cab route, but that’s last on the priority list.
Four months to go!


About msmaryb

I'm a native Californian who lives in Oklahoma. I'm a full-time student, pursuing a Bachelors in Anthropology, following which I hope to attain a Masters in Archaeology. I have three kids, one husband, no pets, and a lot of friends - most of whom live inside my computer. I love to read, write, watch tv (shut up, we can't all be brain surgeons), shop, and travel. I'm trying to set foot in all 50 states before I die. I have 38, so far. I love the Beatles and Maroon 5, and if you think those two things are incongruous, well, they are. But that's me. When I love something, I love it 100%. I don't do anything halfway. I want to know everything there is to know, so I'm trying to cram as much into my brain as I can in the short amount of time I'm allotted in this dimension.

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