This morning, while we had breakfast, Miss Poopypants exploded a diaper all over me. She then peed on the changepad and her clothes. While washing out our clothes I noticed the worms crawling out of the shower. That barely slowed us down. We still made it to the historic steam train by 9:15am. It is beautiful, but not running today. Why is it not running? Hmmm…it often is broken, it is Sunday, today is election day, maybe they didn’t feel like driving, I don’t really know. Everyone has a different opinion. Maybe Wednesday we have been told. We found this really nice guy who lets us climb all over it and showed us how it works. I am going to try to get a ride on that train every day until we leave. I am so excited about the train. It goes really really slow, but I think it would still be faster than our stroller over the cobble stones.
Trinidad is alive with colourful buildings and the perfect size for us to walk around. We love it. After the train adventure we went to a museum, climbed a very steep tower, went for icecream and went to some art galleries. Tomorrow we are going to try spanish again (we are spanish dropouts) and I will try a Salsa lesson. The Bee’s highlight today was shredding a napkin. (It was her highlight yesterday too.) She is becoming such a little girl and less of a baby.
We left Havana for the sleepy town of Vinales. Picture horse drawn carts, a few bikes mixed in with some cars. The bee is discovery her gymnastic skills and can now wiggle her way around the bed. She spent most of last night perfecting her skills kicking F in the ribs and clawing me in the face. It was like sleeping with moumee, but luckily she can´t walk on my face yet. This afternoon she will be getting a full pedicure de clawing.
At first I thought I might have brought too many clothes. I do have a few more things that we when we went to SE Asia. Since then, I have been flooding my shirts and bras with milk and she exploded a poopy diaper all over me. Now we are scared of her poopy pants! Disposible diapers are not as reliable as cloth.
Now we are heading to our first spanish class. I hope I have the brains to learn. Having her has stunted my skills speaking in English.
That was one of the nicest border crossings I have done. We didn’t have any problems bringing her in. I just showed her passport and crossed.
Cuba is amazing. I recommend that everyone comes here and skips the all inclusive. The buildings are beautiful and traveling here is really easy and relaxing compared to other places I have been. My eyeballs are close to falling out of my head there is so much to see.
The first night was a little crazy because we took a red eye to Toronto so that we could fly to Havana in the morning. I had almost no sleep. The bee did sleep in between being woken up to go through security, being taken in and out of the bassinet on the plane they can’t stay in it during turbulence and then switching flights. The airplane is like a giant stroller in her world. Then our first night in Havana she nursed all night as we both adjusted to the heat. I drank tons of water and am back to leaking milk everywhere again. Phew.
I am finding my travel legs again and growing some new skills for traveling with the bee. It has been over three years since we really traveled. Most of that time we have been glued to the city doing fertility treatments and dreaming of traveling with a baby. So far our crazy stroller concoction hasn’t broken. I will post a picture of what we brought when we get home. You will pee your pants laughing. This trip is a crazy combination of backpacking girls leaving behind western parenting worries and trying to find the new babypacking style. Did I mention that my mother in law is with us for the first week too?
xoxoxo to everyone. I am hoping that when I check my reader back home it will be over flowing with good news of BFP’s for everyone who is still trying.
I have crossed many borders with some being more difficult than others. I have paid money. I have been greeted by kids and families at tiny crossings and met with young men with big guns at others. I have crossed a border surrounded by forest fire in the middle of no where, were we had to pee on the road because to step of was to risk setting off land mines.
All these crossings that we have done traveling we were able to cross and travel as friends. We didn’t have to be gay even when we were married. Now when we travel with the Bee, we do. The law in Canada allows the Bee to have both our names on her birth certificate. She has her own passport, that doesn’t have our names on it, but our names are recorded electronically as a part of her passport information. To make sure that you can cross a border, children need to have documentation and either be with their parents or have written permission from the other parent to cross. Borders are getting tighter about children crossing to keep them safe. What it means for us is that we will be crossing as a gay family. No more passing as college friends. In most people’s eyes, the Bee will always look like she is missing a parent, her father. Depending on the country and the official we deal with it could be a big deal or nothing at all.
I am hoping that in Cuba it is a nothing at all and that we cross smoothly. We are leaving today!
How many diapers will we use in Cuba? That is the million dollar question. We have to bring all the diapers and wipes with us for the trip. Because of the embargo and the way things work in Cuba, it can be hard to get certain things such as diapers. A store may have something one day and not the next or never have it all. The most likely place to be able to buy diapers is in Havanah, were we start our trip, so that doesn’t really help us much. Also we have heard that the Cuban disposable diapers aren’t that great. Most Cubans use cloth. How cool is that. We looked into bringing the cloth diapers we use at home, but getting laundry for them while traveling will be tricky. We are going to be traveling backpacker style with a baby and staying in casas. No all inclusive. These diapers will be doing some adventure travel.
Here is the contest! Guess how many diapers will we use in Cuba. I will send the winner something Cuban and fun when we get back.
Normally we use cloth and have never bought this many disposables. We don’t even know how many we will use. Here are some facts. If you need know anything else about her peepee, poopoo and her diaper habits leave me a comment and I will do my best to answer your questions.
-We will be gone for four weeks exactly.
-She will be about 4-5 months while we are there
-She still poos a few times a day. I call her Miss Poopypants. We both think that’s hilarious.
-It will be hot (around 25-30 C in the day)
-I am planning to bring different kinds of disposable diapers. We hardly use them so I don’t know which is a good kind for her.
-She occasionally has a little bit of diaper rash, but not much.
-She is 100% breast fed on demand which she takes very seriously and eats a lot. I also take eating very seriously and eat a lot.