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4 Baseball Fields in 4 days with a 10 week Old

Because who doesn’t want to spend 34 hours in a car to take their 10 week old from Texas-Missouri-Minnesota-Michigan-Pennsylvania? Best.Decision.Ever. So we hit 4 games in 4 days then we were too close to my 90 year old grandpa, we knew we had to jump over to Pennsylvania so Laney and him could meet for the first time. He ended up passing later that year so I was so elated that they got to meet. Anyways, we learned early on the best way to handle roadtrips is to rent a car, drive there and fly back. The anticipation and excitement gets you there, but usually you’re just ready to get home and driving home feels like a chore that never ends. People thought we were crazy for taking a 10 week old to all these baseball games, “Oh the people! The germs! She’ll just cry the whole time!” Totally not the case. Everyone at the games loved seeing a tiny baby there. I mean if baseball isn’t the most family sport out there, I don’t know what is. Plus we went over fourth of July and you know baseball Screams ‘Merica! Our goal is to see all 30 baseball fields, and this trip brought our count to 16. In true 10 week old fashion, Laney basically was either looking around stimulated, attached to a boob, or asleep. Easy as that. Here’s how it went down and everything we took that we needed or was over kill. Of course in true dad fashion, Sean had to do the Simba pose with Laney at each game! This roadtrip stats: 4 Baseball Games in 4 days. Almost 2300 miles, 8+ hours in rain delays, 96 hits, 14 home runs, 66 strikeouts and a 1-3 record.

Our trip started in Arlington. Our game was at 7 and it was a four hour drive there. By the way, we splurged by renting a $550 SUV instead of our normal $200-$300 car for more space for Laney and it was definitely worth it. Recommend for sure. This was probably the hardest game for us and Laney. We always cheer on the home team on our baseball trips, but cheering on the Rangers stang a bit as we are die hard Astros fans. This one was rough for Laney solely because it’s Texas… in July… even at 7pm… it’s stupid hot. Not that we’d ever go to a Rangers game again, but while we were there, they were building their new stadium that will include AC… a TX must.

A lot of games looked like this. Before the mom trolls come out. Let’s all be nice to each other. I did a ton of research on drinking and breastfeeding. While some people are lax enough to say if you can walk in a straight line, you can breastfeed. I took a different approach. Basically I had a beer the minute she’d feed and then one immediately after. Then I’d give it some time and the next feed I’d have a water. Rinse and repeat. Never got shwasty face or drunk, but loved enjoying a few beers during the games. We had every intention to bring headphones for her as we knew baseball games can be pretty loud and rowdy…. then we forgot them. Whoops. She didn’t mind at all and slept through the noise. We actually left this game early as we had an 8 hour roadtrip ahead of us to get to Kansas City for a 12pm game and we wanted to try and make it to at least Oklahoma. We didn’t miss much as the Rangers lost 6-2. Luckily Sean and I are very go with the flow type people. If you’re planning a huge roadtrip or any travel for that matter with a baby… you got to be flexible. At home, I had Laney down with a schedule, threw it out the window for this trip. We ended up leaving this game at 9pm. Fed her in the car. She passed out. Fed her again at the hotel. We slept for like 4 hours. Woke her up at 5am ready to go!

Kansas City. Our hotel was literally a stone throw away from the field. I did my research on this game as it was at 12. I didn’t want the sun on us with a baby and ended up splurging a bit on tickets for covered seating. Whereas normally our tickets are like anywhere from $60-80 total, this one was $110. TOTALLY WORTH IT. As a huge like sideways rainstorm happened. The game was delayed like almost 3 hours. We were here until like 6pm. She was the BEST at this game. I mean we had people coming up to us complimenting how well of a champ she was during the whole game.

If you have a baby and don’t have a ring sling, put that in your amazon cart ASAP. Ring sling was a life saver. She always felt calm and would pass out, and I still had my hands to hold on to beer and what not! Of course we made onesies for each game. This onesie said Laney Knows with number 16. All the Bo Jackson fans knew immediately and had a good chuckle over this. Anyways, we left this game with our heads hung low with our free pitchers and cups that we got when we walked in wondering if we were bad luck. The Royals lost 8-4. We were lucky our hotel was so close and we could enjoy and evening and a lazy morning as our next game was only 7 hours away and the start time was 7pm. We were off at 9am on our way to Target Field for a Twins Game.

We were starting to feel a little deja-vu as this game was delayed for an hour or so. We were definitely bringing the rain with us and were hoping we wouldn’t be bringing another loss. Laney’s onesie said “Margo is My Hero” as Marwin Gonzalez used to be an Astros player and at the time was playing for the Twins. I was in the breastfeeding room with another mom who had a new baby as well. As Sean was chatting it up with the dad outside turns out they named their daughter Margo for Marwin Gonzalez. Ha! Fun fact each stadium/field has a breastfeeding room for moms. Some were super bougie and I felt like I was in a first class VIP room- like nice gliders, a whole changing table section with everything you’d need, TV and water stations aaannnnddd some were literally like a big closet room they had leftover and they threw a couch in it. I always liked to at least check out the room and go there for one or two feedings if Laney was fussier and I wanted quiet time, but also had no prob just whipping out the boob at my seat and letting her feed there.

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Because who doesn’t want to spend 34 hours in a car to take their 10 week old from Texas-Missouri-Minnesota-Michigan-Pennsylvania? Best.Decision.Ever. So we hit 4 games in 4 days then we were too close to my 90 year old grandpa, we knew we had to jump over to Pennsylvania so Laney and him could meet for the first time. He ended up passing later that year so I was so elated that they got to meet. Anyways, we learned early on the best way to handle roadtrips is to rent a car, drive there and fly back. The anticipation and excitement gets you there, but usually you’re just ready to get home and driving home feels like a chore that never ends. People thought we were crazy for taking a 10 week old to all these baseball games, “Oh the people! The germs! She’ll just cry the whole time!” Totally not the case. Everyone at the games loved seeing a tiny baby there. I mean if baseball isn’t the most family sport out there, I don’t know what is. Plus we went over fourth of July and you know baseball Screams ‘Merica! Our goal is to see all 30 baseball fields, and this trip brought our count to 16. In true 10 week old fashion, Laney basically was either looking around stimulated, attached to a boob, or asleep. Easy as that. Here’s how it went down and everything we took that we needed or was over kill. Of course in true dad fashion, Sean had to do the Simba pose with Laney at each game! This roadtrip stats: 4 Baseball Games in 4 days. Almost 2300 miles, 8+ hours in rain delays, 96 hits, 14 home runs, 66 strikeouts and a 1-3 record.

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Our trip started in Arlington. Our game was at 7 and it was a four hour drive there. By the way, we splurged by renting a $550 SUV instead of our normal $200-$300 car for more space for Laney and it was definitely worth it. Recommend for sure. This was probably the hardest game for us and Laney. We always cheer on the home team on our baseball trips, but cheering on the Rangers stang a bit as we are die hard Astros fans. This one was rough for Laney solely because it’s Texas… in July… even at 7pm… it’s stupid hot. Not that we’d ever go to a Rangers game again, but while we were there, they were building their new stadium that will include AC… a TX must.

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A lot of games looked like this. Before the mom trolls come out. Let’s all be nice to each other. I did a ton of research on drinking and breastfeeding. While some people are lax enough to say if you can walk in a straight line, you can breastfeed. I took a different approach. Basically I had a beer the minute she’d feed and then one immediately after. Then I’d give it some time and the next feed I’d have a water. Rinse and repeat. Never got shwasty face or drunk, but loved enjoying a few beers during the games. We had every intention to bring headphones for her as we knew baseball games can be pretty loud and rowdy…. then we forgot them. Whoops. She didn’t mind at all and slept through the noise. We actually left this game early as we had an 8 hour roadtrip ahead of us to get to Kansas City for a 12pm game and we wanted to try and make it to at least Oklahoma. We didn’t miss much as the Rangers lost 6-2. Luckily Sean and I are very go with the flow type people. If you’re planning a huge roadtrip or any travel for that matter with a baby… you got to be flexible. At home, I had Laney down with a schedule, threw it out the window for this trip. We ended up leaving this game at 9pm. Fed her in the car. She passed out. Fed her again at the hotel. We slept for like 4 hours. Woke her up at 5am ready to go!

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Kansas City. Our hotel was literally a stone throw away from the field. I did my research on this game as it was at 12. I didn’t want the sun on us with a baby and ended up splurging a bit on tickets for covered seating. Whereas normally our tickets are like anywhere from $60-80 total, this one was $110. TOTALLY WORTH IT. As a huge like sideways rainstorm happened. The game was delayed like almost 3 hours. We were here until like 6pm. She was the BEST at this game. I mean we had people coming up to us complimenting how well of a champ she was during the whole game.

If you have a baby and don’t have a ring sling, put that in your amazon cart ASAP. Ring sling was a life saver. She always felt calm and would pass out, and I still had my hands to hold on to beer and what not! Of course we made onesies for each game. This onesie said Laney Knows with number 16. All the Bo Jackson fans knew immediately and had a good chuckle over this. Anyways, we left this game with our heads hung low with our free pitchers and cups that we got when we walked in wondering if we were bad luck. The Royals lost 8-4. We were lucky our hotel was so close and we could enjoy and evening and a lazy morning as our next game was only 7 hours away and the start time was 7pm. We were off at 9am on our way to Target Field for a Twins Game.

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We were starting to feel a little deja-vu as this game was delayed for an hour or so. We were definitely bringing the rain with us and were hoping we wouldn’t be bringing another loss. Laney’s onesie said “Margo is My Hero” as Marwin Gonzalez used to be an Astros player and at the time was playing for the Twins. I was in the breastfeeding room with another mom who had a new baby as well. As Sean was chatting it up with the dad outside turns out they named their daughter Margo for Marwin Gonzalez. Ha! Fun fact each stadium/field has a breastfeeding room for moms. Some were super bougie and I felt like I was in a first class VIP room- like nice gliders, a whole changing table section with everything you’d need, TV and water stations aaannnnddd some were literally like a big closet room they had leftover and they threw a couch in it. I always liked to at least check out the room and go there for one or two feedings if Laney was fussier and I wanted quiet time, but also had no prob just whipping out the boob at my seat and letting her feed there.

So during the delay, we were chatting it up with an employee and told him what we were doing. He asked if we wanted to have something put on the jumbotron. It basically said Special Welcome MASEKS from Texas. Come Home Margo and Laney’s 1st TWINS game. In true fail fashion I was either in the bathroom or feeding Laney and missed it!! But Sean got the blurry pic for proof. He was a proud dad and even happier as our luck changed and the Twins destroyed the Rangers 15-6. We had a 10 and a half hour drive to tackle in order to get to Detroit and we had a time change that didn’t work in our favor. We had to make it to Detroit by 4pm so another day running on fumes for sleep. Not because of the baby, but because our time crunch. I don’t know where we ended up that night, but we had to wake up at 5 in order to get to the game in time.

At this point we weren’t even surprised when another Rain delay was announced. I mean did we really just bust our ass to get here for a rain delay… This rain delay lasted about FOUR hours. yeah. If Laney was older and it was sunny, the stadium itself was really kid friendly. They had a ferris wheel and a little food park with a carousel in it. The field wasn’t special, view was lame, but again, if we were ever forced to be in Detroit again and were able to catch a game, Laney would love it and we probably wouldn’t be watching too much baseball. I can’t believe how many people stayed for this game after the four hour rain. They did offer everyone a free game on a later date, which we obviously donated ours to a family.

Remember how I said some breastfeeding rooms are like a leftover closet with a couch? Meet Detroit’s. Laney’s onesie said “Miss Me Yet” in reference to Justin Verlander. I can’t rave on the ring sling enough. Four hour delay, which Laney slept a big chunk of that in the sling. So the game that was supposed to start at 4:15, didn’t start until 8:15. The Tigers lost to the Red Sox 10-6. We obviously didn’t stay the entire game, but were shocked when we got to our hotel. It was just like a cheap $100 Hilton but it ended up having this like massive bathroom, a separate living room and the bedroom was in like a separate area with a door. So we were able to put Laney down and then hang in the living room for night cap drinks without having to be super quiet. As far as Laney sleeping in the hotel with us. We’re the type of people that our one hardcore rule we promised each other was that Laney wouldn’t sleep in the same bed with us. When you’re doing these trips on a budget, and still being a first time mom worrying about her on double bed by herself, we did have her sleep between us. We ended up getting one of those knock off Dock-a-dots. We put that on the bed between us so it was slightly different than being in the same bed as us. Or at least we hoped she felt that so she wouldn’t get used to sleeping with us. We didn’t want to deal with packing a pack in play or attempting to ask the hotel for one last minute. Plus, the Dock-a-dot was thin enough it fit right on top of our luggage when it was time to fly home.

We had a lazier morning knowing we only had 4 hours to make it to Pennsylvania to hang out with my grandpa. Honestly they need to put nursing homes and daycares in the same building. It was like Laney was medicine for my grandpa. He lit up like I’ve never seen before. When I asked him if he wanted to hold Laney, he was so cute all like “I don’t know if I remember how!” His smiles meeting her are engraved in my heart. So glad we did that because he ended up passing the end of August.

Laney has been on a few flights since, but this was her first. Just breastfed on take off and landing to help her pop her ears, but then she was out like a light. We brought a small breastfeeding pillow which was totally used on car ride feedings and airport. It doubled as a tummy time pillow as well. Another thing, we had one of those kick pianos that’s like the size of a clipboard, that we’d put in her carseat for stimulation. We showered with her, so didn’t need anything major for that. I brought my pump thinking I would pump and have bottles for the game, however, I just always was such a bad pumper when it was easiest to just breastfeed her. Really and truly, not much changed from our past baseball roadtrips to this one. If anything, just less drinking. The memories were so worth it though.

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