A Boca Grande + Gasparilla Inn Travel Diary

We were so excited (and maybe a little nervous) to take our first trip with Henry. Traveling has always been a big thing for us. It’s always been something that brought us together even after the most hectic stretches of time. Something to look forward to. Something to get us out of our comfort zone a bit and into a more comfortable zone for us - vacation mode. We are good at vacationing. And I realize some people aren’t - but Andrew and I are our best selves on vacation, and I want Henry to see that side of us.

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Tips for Traveling with a 5 month old

I hesitate writing this post because I am absolutely sure it will jinx us for future trips, but alas, here we go.

I’m just going to say it. Henry was amazing on his first official vacation. Dare I say he was even more behaved? Granted, we’ve been taking him to Vermont since he was a wee 4 week old so I suppose he’s a bit seasoned, but this was the first time we hopped on a plane and put our parenting to a real test. It was the first time I truly had the “is this worth it??” moment. And it was. It really was. Here’s how we tackled everything to make it not only seamless, but really really fun.

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Henry's Birth Story

I went back and forth on whether or not I should share this, but I just kept coming back to the fact that I wanted to write it down before it all started to disappeared with the rest of my brain. That, and I loved reading other people’s birth stories leading up to our big day. I especially loved reading the positive ones - so I could go into the whole ordeal with a strong mindset. Which is something I find really important. Those stories helped keep me focused on what a miracle it all really is instead of how scary it could be. I will preface this by saying - EVERY birth story is amazing. If literally everything went “wrong” in your eyes, but you got to hold your little one at the end - that is beautiful. It’s all so incredibly beautiful. Which is why I wanted to share.

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What I Packed in my Hospital Bag

I was an insane nester. I pretty much took nesting to the next level, and I suppose I should have expected that considering I come by it naturally. I organized everything I could possibly organize in our home, and when that was finished, I began obsessing over having the most perfectly packed hospital bag. I scoured the internet for checklists and opinions, and finally came up with what I thought I needed. Below you’ll find the stuff we actually used - so you don’t have to do all the leg work searching the internet at 2AM (you should sleep instead - although we all know that’s easier said than done).

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Henry's Classic Birth Announcement by Papermoss

Ok, first let me just say that I know letterpress can read as a bit much for a birth announcement. But ya’ll, I waited a long time for this moment, and I wanted to shout it from the rooftops in true Abby Capalbo style. Which totally calls for letterpress. Plus I love that it’s a keepsake, something we can display or frame, or something I can hold in my hand and cry over when he goes to college. All very important. I knew I wanted to work with my good friend Emily at Papermoss (she also did our wedding invites which were stunning!) - so the minute we announced we were expecting, Emily started working away.

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The Almost Healthy Winter Elixir Cocktail with Republic of Vermont Raw Honey

We have this amazing little cafe in our area called The Beehive. It’s pretty adorable and the food is on point. They make this amazing tea concoction they call the Winter Elixir., and I get throughout the winter whenever I’m feeling like my immune system could use a boost. Being that it’s March in New England, I think everyone’s body could use a good dose of this right about now. I actually called them up so I could make it at home from time to time, and it’s surprisingly pretty simple! A little homemade ginger mint tea, some delicious Raw Honey from The Republic of Vermont and fresh lemon juice, and this drink will do your body good. We also don’t judge if you want to add a little shot of bourbon - we hear it will warm you right up!

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