First, I thought I brought an obscene amount of food pouches for Landon, but he ate almost all of them. I also liked giving him have a pouch, applesauce, a fruit cup, etc. before we went out for dinner. Restaurants don't have the healthiest choices, so I tried to fill him up with stuff I knew was good for him beforehand.
For restaurants, we always have snacks for Landon. That usually keeps him occupied for awhile, but lately he gets bored much faster than he used to. We've discovered that he loves to suck on lemons (little weirdo), so we always ask the server for some extra lemons with our drinks so Landon can suck on them. This keeps him busy for quite awhile. He's also obsessed with straws and he loves trying to put them into cups. This is a great fine motor activity for him, and he loves it, so we encourage it and let him do it whenever he wants. We just make sure to ask for extra straws.
Landon did beautifully on the 3 hour car ride both ways. We actually didn't even stop on the way home because he fell asleep and we didn't want to wake him. The way to AC was a bit more challenging because Landon only slept for 30 minutes, but all of the toys and snacks I packed did their job and it was fine. We also stopped for lunch and Landon enjoyed getting out of the car and not being restrained by his carseat for awhile. I also let Landon play with my cell phone quite a bit. Whatever works.
I was so nervous about how Landon would sleep on this trip. We have not traveled or slept anywhere but home since January. At that time we had gone to visit Jeff's dad and stepmom in Pennsylvania. Landon was not happy to be away from home, and I had to nurse him to sleep every night. He also would wake up every 2 hours to comfort nurse and it was brutal on everyone. He did the same thing at Thanksgiving and Christmas when we were visiting family too. Jeff and I decided not to travel for awhile because it wasn't worth not getting any sleep. Now that Landon is weaned, older, and sleeping through the night, we decided to try again. I got him a mattress for his pack n play, which I discussed in the other post, and I think it did its job. Our hotel room had a little inlet thing for the pack n play, so Landon couldn't see us in bed once he was in there and I think that helped a lot. The issue was actually getting Landon to fall asleep in there. We did his usual bedtime routine, but whenever we tried to put him down for a nap or for the night, he'd immediately stand up in the pack n play and scream. What we wound up doing was letting Landon hang out in the big bed with me while we watched the Olympics and Jeff gambled (Jeff did offer to let me go, but I wanted to watch the Olympics and not hang out at the slot machines alone lol. Jeff does table games and likes to gamble way more than I do, so I felt it was better to let him go have fun. I was exhausted by the end of the day anyway). It took Landon 40-60 minutes to settle down and actually fall asleep, but he was happy during that time and I didn't mind it. For naps, I usually just left him in bed and took a nap with him, but at night I transferred him to his pack n play and he'd sleep there the rest of the night. The only issue was that he was going to bed 1-2 hours later than usual, but still getting up at his usual time. He fell asleep in his stroller a few times because of that, but it was fine.
"Talking" on Daddy's cell phone.