Back in July we took Allie to her first ever baseball game. The Red Sox were up in Anaheim so we decided to be spontaneous and make the two hour trip north to see them. Allie was 8 weeks old at the time and it was the furthest from home we’ve taken her. It was also the longest we’ve had her out of the house as well so the entire day was brand new to us. While Allie is a super great baby and typically loves being out, I just had no idea how she’d do on this trip. Thankfully it went super smoothly and we all had a blast!
We were all up by 8am and out the door and headed to Anaheim by 9:30. The drive up wasn’t too bad at all. We hit some traffic in a couple areas, but it was nothing out of the ordinary for I-5. We expected it. Allie slept for most of the drive, but we ended up having to stop once we were 30 minutes away from the stadium to change her diaper. Once I changed her, I ended up sitting in the back seat with her for the remainder of the drive so I could try to put her back to sleep.
Arriving at the stadium was a bit weird. We were at Angels Stadium and yet SO many people were wearing Red Sox gear. It was the strangest thing. Being so far from home, we really thought it would be a bit more challenging to find other Red Sox fans, but NOPE! Probably about half the stadium consisted of Red Sox fans. It then got even weirder as the game went on because people were cheering for the Red Sox as well. How horrible it is to be playing at your home stadium and to have everyone in the stands cheering for the opposing team?! It was a whole lot of weirdness, but we didn’t complain. It was nice to be surrounded by so many fans.
We also got very lucky with our seats. I wasn’t thinking too much when I picked our sears so when we arrived, we discovered they were right in the sun. At first, I wasn’t too worried about it, but the woman in charge of our section suggested we move to seats in the shade since we had Allie. This was very much appreciated! We sat a little further away from the field, but it was so nice to be able to keep her out of the sun. I didn’t have to spend my time worrying about her.
Allie slept for a good majority of the game and only woke in the 8th inning. This is when I fed her and changed her and got everything packed up to head home for the day. This is where I had my first mom fail of the day…I brought the wrong bottles. The ones I brought give her terrible gas. Terrible as in I have to burp her immediately after feeding her or she breaks down screaming and crying because it’s so built up (burping throughout the bottle doesn’t help either). Sometimes she won’t even make it through a full bottle because of it. And then on top of that I brought the medium flow nipples which were way too fast for her at 8 weeks old. So the poor girl was trying to drink it and the formula was literally pouring down her face. I honestly have no idea how much she actually got from that bottle which upset me a lot because I wanted to keep her as hydrated as I could while we were outdoors. I was literally crying as I was feeding her. #Failure.
As we were leaving, the parking lot was a complete mess so we spent some time in the car, relaxing and cooling off. I changed Allie’s diaper again and changed her into a clean onesie. This was when my second mom fail of the day occurred. I wasn’t paying attention when I was changing her diaper so I accidentally removed her dirty diaper before having her new one ready. She took that opportunity to pee…everywhere. A whole puddle on the backseat of my brand new 2017 Jeep Cherokee Sport. At first, I wanted to die, but thankfully I laughed it off! Mainly because she was smiling and laughing. Plus, there wasn’t exactly anything I could do at that point. I couldn’t rewind time or anything! But we keep shampoo in the car for when we have Jack in the car so I was able to get it cleaned up before hitting the road.
Aside from a couple mom fails, I’d say overall our first trip went super smoothly!
Since the first game went so smoothly, we decided to take her to a second baseball game over the weekend. This time, she was 14 weeks old. Unfortunately, it wasn’t a Red Sox game. It was a Dodgers vs. Padres game. But it was still just as fun. Zack actually got us free tickets from a guy he works with so it was a really nice treat to have something to do while Zack was home for the long weekend. We’ve been wanting to see a Padres game too so we were excited to have the tickets.
I was a little worried at first when Zack told me he had tickets to a Sunday game. Sunday games means a daytime game and we were going through a 100 degree heat wave. There were some parts of San Diego that were reaching 105 degrees so I wasn’t sure if we’d be able to attend a day game. Thankfully waking up on Sunday, the high temperature for the day was 79. Much better than the 100 degree average we had been having. AND it was cloudy rather than sunny. We even got a little rain in some areas. So it couldn’t have worked out more perfectly there. We even had a bit of a breeze at the ballpark.
Since the game was here in San Diego, we didn’t have to plan quite as much as we did when we went to Anaheim. We also had planned to leave the game a little earlier anyways so we could get home to watch the Red Sox play. So we were a bit more laid back with this game. Unfortunately, we weren’t in the shade for the game, but the lack of sun helped a lot! I loved not having to sit in the direct sunlight and risk overheating or having Allie get too warm. It made everyone a lot more comfortable.
Allie didn’t nap as much this game as she did when we were in Anaheim but she was still very well behaved. I gave her larger bottles to keep her hydrated and continued to keep her sunhat and sunscreen on her as well. BUT I had a total mom fail this game too.
Of course being outside in the heat, we made sure to dress Allie appropriately so that she wouldn’t overheat. I packed extra formula to keep her hydrated as well. And then I put sunscreen on her to protect her skin from the sun and kept her sun hat on her to protect her face (I don’t put sunscreen on her face because the skin is just so sensitive sometimes and I don’t want to cause an allergic reaction). Sunscreen was reapplied every 1.5 hours even though it was cloudy and we kept her in the shade as much as possible. We took all the necessary precautions to have her outside safely.
Waking up Monday morning, I noticed that the poor girl’s cheeks were red. Not horrible, but they were puffy and red and I felt like the worst mom ever for letting her get a little sunburnt. The rest of her body (with the sunscreen) was still white as can be but her poor face was rosy. It made me feel so horrible.
I take sun exposure so seriously which is why I always put sunscreen on her regardless of her not being 6 months old yet. It just isn’t doable to keep a 3 month old wrapped up and covered when you live in Southern California. The risk of a heat stroke is a way bigger issue to me than her possibly having an allergic reaction to a sunscreen (in which case I could stop using if needed). So I am SO thankful I put sunscreen on the rest of her body. Even I got a little burnt on my legs and shoulders because I didn’t think to put sunscreen on myself. So keep this in mind even if you’re going to a sporting event on a cloudy day. The sun CAN burn you from behind the clouds.
Overall both trips went super well and we had such a great time!! We couldn’t be more pleased with her first two baseball game and we look forward to many more with her in the future.
How old were your little ones when they attended their first sporting event? How did it go?