While we were in North Carolina Dunken got pretty sick, which mean terrible sleep at night, and a really cuddly baby. His great grandma and aunt Nicole couldn't get enough of him.
At the end of September, Dunken and I took a trip to North Carolina to visit my grandma and older sister. We flew from Salt Lake to Denver by ourselves, and met my sister and her husband at the Denver airport. It was so nice to have them on the longer flight from Denver to the Newport News airport. Suzanne's husband Jordan is one of Dunken's favorite people so Dunken was more than happy to play with him on the plane.
^Taking a look out the window
Dunken did great on the flights! I made sure to nurse him as we were taking off to help relieve the pressure in his ears, and it must have helped. There was no crying! I also brought a variety of toys for him so he would stay entertained. My water bottle was probably the best toy though :). I definitely overpacked the diaper bag for traveling. I brought way too many diapers and extra clothes "just in case". I also brought every medicine, cream, and spray I thought there was even a small chance of him needing, and ended up using none of them. Better safe than sorry though I guess. If I fly again while Dunken is still really little I will be bringing a lot less on the flight with us.
It was so nice for Dunken to be able to crawl across all three of our laps on the longer flight so he didn't get too bored. The flights home were a little harder because they were so late at night. We didn't leave North Carolina until almost 6pm and our flight to Denver had to take an hour and a half detour because of storms. He was still a champ though and barely cried or even fussed while on the plane. The last flight wasn't until 10pm (midnight Eastern time), so Dunken slept the whole time. Whenever he woke up for any reason he was as happy as could be and would fall right back to sleep.
About a month ago Jensen, Dunken, and I hiked the Timpanogos Caves. It was a really neat hike. It's only about 30 minutes from where we live, so I can't believe we've never done it before!
Dunken did really well on the hike. The hike up to the caves took almost exactly an hour, and the hike through the caves was about an hour and a half. Our tour guide was very chatty, so I think our hike through them was longer than most. Dunken didn't get fussy until the very end of the tour, and was as happy as could be on the way back down.
Jensen and I hiked the caves around 11, and I'm so glad we did. The hike up was pretty steep, but because the sun was still behind the mountain we were in the shade the whole way up. On our way back down there was a lot more sun shining on us, and people we passed who were on their way up did not look so happy. We also stopped before we reached the caves so I could feed Dunken because a full belly makes a happy baby.