|Here we are on the plane getting ready to take off...|
The Cairns trip meant that Charlotte had to sleep in a porta-cot for the first time (provided by the hotel). It was so cute to see her sleep in a 'big bed' (relatively speaking). It made us realise that we probably could take her out of the bassinet at home (thus returning the rental!) and we could start using our own porta-cot in our room. She didn't wake herself up nearly as much because she didn't have anything to bang her arms into like she did in the bassinet!
So from this point onwards, Charlotte started sleeping in the porta-cot. Eventually, when the weather gets nicer, we'll move her into her regular cot in her own room. I'm looking forward to that because the big cot has a proper inner-spring mattress which has to be better than porta-cot mattresses. We have a second foam mattress in the porta-cot but I think it's far too soft for her and when I pick her up each morning I see the indentation where her head has been resting through the night. I think a firmer mattress might actually allow her to sleep more comfortably. But the nursery gets far too cold overnight at the moment for her to be in there at this age, so we'll wait until spring to move her into there. It's the coolest room in summer which will be good, and then next year we'll invest in a good heater for her to use over winter.
We have two more plane trips coming up, a trip to Adelaide in November and then hopefully if I get my paper accepted, a trip to Chicago next July. That's going to be the big one that I'm not really looking forward to but if this trip to Cairns is anything to go on, she should take it all in her stride.