Happy Labor Day everyone!
Tuvia and I have been talking for months about how we really wanted to go on a family vacation this summer. I use the term “vacation” loosely because traveling with a three year old and a baby isn’t restful, but it was wonderful to leave our regular lives, schedules, and responsibilities behind for a while and just be together as a family.
We decided to go to Sesame Place then drive to see family in Baltimore and left it open-ended if we were going to travel more or come home depending on how the kids were doing. That flexibility served us well.
We got off to a late start because we had to make a quick trip to the doctor and confirmed that Mia has an umbilical hernia (totally fine but totally freaks me out and I hope it resolves itself before she starts walking!) As we were leaving the doctor, Aiden obviously needed three stickers and for his last one he picked up Jasmine and goes “ooh, she looks nice” Isn’t that the first thing you think of when you look at Jasmine? I love that boy.
I’ll post “how to survive a road trip with one kid and a baby” tomorrow, but just know it involved lots of over-preparing and that it was totally worth it.
Mia, not sleepingWe were in traffic for hours and got to Sesame Place a little before the parade started so we set up a towel to sit on and waited for it to start. The whole time that we’ve been talking about Sesame, Aiden has been saying he really wants to see Grover so that makes what happened next all the more magical. Aiden was clapping and shouting and grinning as all the characters danced by. The Count, Cookie Monster, Abby Cadabby… then Grover danced on by. Then he stopped, he walked over and hugged Aiden in all his furry adorableness. How did he know?!? Aiden was so deliriously happy I thought he might faint!
Because it was one night, it felt silly to spend more and get two rooms so we all shared. I think Mia got the most sleep and she didn’t sleep much but I’m not sure she would have anyway because that girl doesn’t sleep well unless she’s in her crib at home. We were hoping this trip would teach her how to sleep anywhere but instead she just didn’t sleep most of the time. Not in the stroller, not in the car, and barely in the crib at the hotel. Sigh. At one point in middle of the night, I opened my eyes and Aiden was creepily just standing there looking at me. Then he started climbing into bed next to me and I love the boy dearly but sleeping next to him is the worst. He obviously managed to be his most charming when I got most annoyed. He’s got that equation down pat. Durn cutie.
The next day, we checked out after Mia’s morning nap (victory!) and because this was our “vacation” and we hadn’t been on one in two years we splurged and got a cabana for the day. So Mia and I set up (she was very helpful) while Aiden and Tuvia played a little. And then the heavens opened. Oh, how it poured! Seriously, thank goodness for the waterproof LeSportsac diaper bag and wallet because everything else we had got thoroughly soaked. Mia and I ran to the nearest shelter which was an Abby Cadabby show and I thought Mia would be neutral or flirting with the nearby strangers but OMG she loved it! I tried to get her reaction on video but I couldn’t because when Mia gets excited, she gets excited with her whole body and I needed both hands to keep her from flying out of my lap. She was so so happy. When the show ended, I decided to brave the rain and find Tuvia and Aiden since we had some towels with us which I pretended kept Mia dry. We found them in a food stand with another little family and Aiden and the other little boy roared at the thunder to scare it away. So thank you Aiden and mystery boy, you brought the sunshine back! Then we did Dine with Elmo. I’ll review it fully in my next post but let me just say: WORTH IT.
We spent the rest of the day doing more rides and then because our weekend plans got cancelled (we still love you Balticousins!) and we weren’t sure where we were going to be for the weekend, I texted my brother to see if we could spend the night there last minute.
He and my sister-in-law graciously had us (even though it meant my delicious niece got displaced from her room) and then we stayed for the whole weekend! So it actually turned out quite perfectly (minus the sleep aspect) sorryguysIloveyousomuchyourethebest!
This brings me to the other part of surviving a road trip with a kid and a baby: packing. I’ll talk more about the specifics next week, but again over-preparing was really the answer. We used the weekender bag that LeSportsac sent over for the kids’ stuff and I separated and labelled everything making it so much easier every time we needed something. We were going to visit the Please Touch Museum in Philly but we were all so tired we decided to finish our vacation at home.
Then Aiden got a 24 hour virus of some sort so that cut out a day but his last day before pre-school he had a great playdate with his cousins who I was so happy to finally emergency babysit because 1- I love them to death and they’re hilarious, someone has to record these conversations and make them into a television show and 2- I never really get the chance to babysit for our siblings so I was really so very happy to help.
Then vacation was officially over, Aiden was off to his first day of preschool and I might have been more emotional if he had been more cooperative. Guess he did me a favor?
Did you take a family vacation this summer? What did you do for Labor Day?