Ain't love grand - Singapore 2014

If I had one tip for travelling with a little baby, this is it: don't. Babies don't belong on a plane; it is uncomfortable for you, for baby and potentially for everyone sitting around you. After a nightmarish start to our holiday (3 hour flight delay), Alexander not wanting to sleep in the bassinet and me getting absolutely no sleep, I had some serious regrets about our trip to Singapore.

And then Alexander set his eyes on my mum at the airport. He smiled at her, almost shyly and leaned in for a cuddle as if he remembered her from his newborn days. All of a sudden, the trip to Singapore made a lot of sense.
During our time there, Alexander was spoilt rotten by my mum and dad, being the only grandchild that he is. He was taken on walks to the park, to the markets, had plenty of playtime and showered with toys, clothes, love and attention. My parents showed him off to everyone and anyone, the proud grandparents that they are.

We had organised a luncheon so Alexander could meet the relatives and a couple of my closest friends. Everyone had some cuddle time and not once did he protest. He smiled and laughed and basked in the attention all afternoon. I couldn't be more proud.

The majority of our time was spent at my parent's home, to reconnect, to spend time as a family again. It is so important that Alexander learns where I come from, where he comes from. My dad made a particularly poignant point one day when I offered to take Alexander from his arms, "No, I carry. I don't know when will be the next time I'll get to carry my grandson."

I am not about to travel on a plane with Alexander anytime soon but I certainly am glad that we made this trip. It was a great thing to do.

30 Responses to Ain't love grand - Singapore 2014

Tina Bradley said...

What a wonderful, memorable trip for all! I know your family and friends are glad you took this journey as well--memories in the making for all--no doubt! T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Pamela RG said...

Alexander is very social! He must be so excited to meet everyone there and spend time with his grandparents. He is so adorable!

Chantille Fleur said...

Lovely photos! I can't believe how big he is now! He's just adorable :-)
I was on a 2 hour flight once and the couple in front of us had a little baby and a toddler...I felt so sorry for them as the plane took off/landed as the change in cabin pressure was hurting their little ears :-(

Sarah x

Rose said...

That a wonderful family bonding for baby Alexander. Grandma was very happy and so is baby.

i would never travel with small baby. Really stress and headache. In a boat ride for 3 hours when gone back for cny this year and my Jamie was restless and noisy. Hope in his first aeroplane experience this September, he will be good boy as he is 1 yo then.

My Garden Diaries said...

This was a beautiful post friend that about moved to tears....just look at him with your mom! How awesome that your parents were able to have this time with him! I loved everything about this...and I too am glad you made that trip! How very wonderful! Nicole xoxo

burntfeather said...

I love your honestly! I know I try and be super understanding of parents on planes but not everyone is perhaps quite as understanding :P How amazing though when you did arrive, your Mum looks so happy in those photos :) As you said it's so super important he knows your background and also so lovely for your family to get to meet him and show off!

Sharon D said...

Aww..what a heartwarming post. I enjoyed reading this. Mum's smile says it all. Alexander is such a cutie!

azurachan said...

I can see your mother looks very happy holding Baby Alexander.

Yeah, travel with baby could be nightmare. That is one of the reason I had to hold my dream vacation before. Not until my daughter knows how walk on her own.

Still, there's a moment that you would never forget when travel with him. He also can have bonding session with his grandparent. ;)

Beauty Box said...

Your parents are exactly like my folks when it comes to Charles!! Am in Singapore right now experiencing the same thing haha! Actually, I'll be lucky if I can spend any time with C because my parents would want to hold and play with him all the time. But who can say no to more free time?? I can put up with a bit of jealousy :p

Vanisha @ A Life Un-Styled said...

It's a tough one isn't it? I've been travelling since I was only a few months old. I was on a flight to Fiji and there were so many children and infants. I marched straight up to the business call counter and bought an upgrade. I definitely feel for the parents and the infants - and for everyone else involved. The flip side to all of that is everything else you mentioned in this post. The wonderful opportunity that Alexander had with his grandparents. Sometimes, that's just more important.

CQUEK said...

wonderful pictures,

rooth said...

Oh just look at how happy he is with his grandparents - lots of love there. Thanks for sharing these pics :)

Sharlynn Ng said...

Aw, I'm so glad you didn't feel so bad about the trip once you got back here!! Things are worth it once you start seeing the positive results!

Jane said...

that is so great trishie so connnect him to his roots! such a great mama. and i can't imagine traveling with a baby, i think i would be terrified! but hooray for you for getting through it! xx

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

The actual journey may've been a little tough but having Alexander bond with his grandparents must've made it all worth it :)

Rowena @ rolala loves

Ananka said...

Glad to hear the trip went well :-)

You mum looks so proud and happy with Alexander. He so cute and getting bigger too! :-)

Hi! I am LiLi! said...

Your dad is absolutely right.

Briseidy said...

amazing photos! makes the bas time on the plane worth it right?

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

That's awesome. I hear ya. We don't fly to visit family (flying with toddlers is SO hard) but we drive. It takes forever but it's so worth it to see my little girl bonding with my family. Great post/share.

Lauren said...

I'm so glad that you were able to get out there and see your parents. Maybe when he's a little older, you can travel with him more... although it's always going to be expensive! But it is worth it to reconnect with family.

Tina Bradley said...

What lovely pics! Little Alex looks like he's having the time of his life--so does your mother! :) My mother always enjoyed time with her grandsons, too :) T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Elle Sees said...

so glad you survived traveling with a little one. i cannot imagine!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

How beautiful these photos are! Your dear Mother looks so happy to hold her precious grandson, and the statement by your father, wanting to hold him because he didn't know when he would get the chance again just made me tear up. It is so wonderful that you are making it a priority to give your son the experience of Grandparent love. xo Karen

trishie said...

Yes it really hurt Alex too. Especially during the descent. I felt so bad for him

trishie said...

I hope Jamie will be good for you then!

Kelven said...

I can only imagine how anxious I would feel if I travelled with a toddler on a plane. Sometimes they turn out to be very comfy and good though so there's always a chance for a good surprise!

Jay said...

What a special time for you all. I know travelling with babies and toddlers (and teenagers!) is very difficult, I used to grit my teeth and get through it somehow just because I love holidays so much! It becomes so much easier when they have a seat to themselves ....and even easier when you can say ' 2 seats at the front for me & hubby and 3 seats at the back for the kids!!'

MaysaAndSunshine said...

I know how stressful and frustrating to travel with a young child. Each age presents different set of challenges. When I took my 2 year old from the US to Thailand (almost 24 hour trip), I learned a lot. At one point she threw a really bad tantrum waking up from a nap on a plane and knocked down everything on the food tray. Took forever to console her. I almost wanted to cry myself. We went again at 3, a bit easier.

Glad you made this trip despite the challenges I am sure the smiles on your parent's faces when seeing a little one made it all worthwhile, Trishie.

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

Aw, sounds like a much needed trip for all. So nice that Alexander had that time to bond with his grandparents! And it sounds like you have quite the social butterfly on your hand ;)

Ez Vina said...

Wah, your mum n dad must be very happy to see their grandchild, I would say that it is worth the flight ;)