A couple of weeks ago, we went to Lava Hot Springs with Britt's family. This has been a tradition for a few years now, and we weren't going to stop going just because we have a BABY. In fact, it didn't stop us last year, while I was pregnant with said baby. We like going this time of year because the weather is cold but the pools are warm. Sometimes it snows while we're there, and when the snowflakes melt on my head while I'm soaking in the pools I feel like one of those snow monkeys.
Bringing Penny with us did make packing a little more complicated. There was a point where I was so focused on making sure I was bringing enough clothes and food for her, I almost forgot to pack for myself. "Oh yeah, I should probably bring my toothbrush! And a swimsuit!"
And while I didn't exactly have the freedom I'm used to, such as hitting the pools whenever I wanted in the wee hours of the evening, we still had a blast. We made sure to take Penny to one of the tepid pools (not one of the "baby cookers"), which was about the temperature of a warm bath. She had never been in a body of water larger than the bathtub, so I wasn't sure what she was going to think about swimming in the big pool. At first she held on very tightly, but as she became more comfortable, she splashed and kicked and discovered she could move her body in new ways in the water.
Penny: Do NOT let go of me.
One weird thing that happened while we were there, was an increase in Penny's allergic reactions to food. Back in January, we were noticing the occasional reaction to things involving dairy, like a piece of string cheese and a taste of Britt's chocolate milkshake (don't ask). When she has a reaction, it comes on very quickly - she breaks out in a rash around her mouth and becomes upset, probably because her mouth itches. Then it goes away, almost as quickly. Ok, no dairy, check.
But while we were in Idaho, she broke out with every meal, even after eating foods she could eat before, like Cheerios and bananas. Since we've been home, it hasn't been an issue, so I'm not sure what was going on. Maybe some things were cross contaminated, maybe it was the stress of travel, maybe it was the detergent I used to clean her cups and bowls? Maybe it was the water.
Dad checks his baby cockatoo for signs of allergic reaction.
The potential dairy allergy is something I mentioned to Penny's doctor at her last appointment, and she's thinking it's an intolerance she will probably outgrow. I hope so. I love milk and cheese and yogurt and ice cream and I want Penny to be able to enjoy these things too. Is there anything better than a grilled cheese sandwich? Made with brie?
Anyway, the point is, the trip was fun and it's a tradition I hope will continue as Penny gets older and better at swimming. Huzzah!