If you follow his blog on nytimes.com, you know Matt Gross as the Frugal Traveler. To me, though, he'll always be the guy who took his wife and six-week-old [!] baby on vacation to Venice in the drizzly depths of January.
Old solo traveling habits die hard, I guess, and new ones--like being chill about breastfeeding in the Palazzo Ducale, coldcalling a sitter at the Guggenheim, and learning the Italian word for diapers--take time to acquire. [pannolini, btw.]
There's no denying the power of a little baby to melt hearts and start conversations, and a trip to Venice does make an excellent push present, and if it's on the company's dime, all the better. But still, six weeks. Mrs. Gross is a saint, a triathlete, or both.
UPDATE: Matt also posted a follow-up about the flight home. Money quote from the flight attendant: "'They're perfect travelers,' Ms. Miller said of newborns, adding that, unfortunately, things only get more difficult as they get older."