Holly: “Vacation” Has New Meaning
We just returned from a week-long family vacation to Las Vegas. Las Vegas may be a strange place for a family vacation but we actually stayed about 11 miles outside of Vegas in Summerlin and we didn’t gamble at all- not even one penny! We spent our time hanging out at the pool and even went to the Mandalay Bay one day to take Brett to the Shark Reef Aquarium. She loved it!
We own a timeshare and we traded it for a condo- 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, full kitchen. Traveling were my husband, Brett and me as well as my parents. Both of my brothers came for the first three nights of the seven nights we stayed. We put Brett’s pack n’ play in the room that my husband and I were in. I thought things would go well… Here is a quick recap of our sleeping situation:
Night 1: Brett to bed at 9pm, up at 4:30a, back to sleep at 7:30a, up again at 9:00am
Night 2:Brett to bed at 8pm, up at 4:15a, back to sleep at 7:00a, up at 9:00am
Night 3: Brett to bed at 7:30pm (normal time), up from 1:30-3:30, up at 6:50am
Night 4: Can’t remember… so delirous at this point
Night 5: Brett to bed at 7:30pm up at 6:50am!!!
Night 6: we relocate to my in-laws home for the evening. Usually she sleeps well there… Brett to be around 7:45p, up from 1:00a-2:45a, up at 6:50
Night 7: Brett to bed at 7:30pm up at 6:50am!!!
Night 8: Returned home and Brett slept 7:30pm-6:50am- Hallelujah!!!
Backing up a bit, we moved Brett into her crib in her bedroom on her two month birthday. I did this because I couldn’t sleep with her so close to me. I would hear her every breath every move and just couldn’t sleep with her there. This was the exact problem with Brett sleeping in our room in the hotel. She moves around SO much in her sleep and each time I would wake up! Plus, I realized that she would stir if I moved around, proving that she was having trouble sleeping hearing me next to her! The lesson learned here is that when traveling with a toddler it is important to try and get a separate room for him/her to sleep in.
Overall, this was less of a vacation and more of a relocation of our family to Vegas. We cooked, cleaned, etc, just as we would have at home. The BIG advantage, of course, was having my parents there. My dad was more than happy to get up with Brett at any hour she chose to wake up. In fact, it got to the point that Brett would wake up and say, “Papa!” so that he would come get her. My mom even woke early to help care for Brett. I can definitely see the advantage of living with your parents- it takes off a lot of the child care pressure!
Also, a lesson learned on this trip is that of all the pictures that we took of the week in Vegas I am in TWO of them. Plus, we didn’t take a single picture of our family! Please make sure you take pictures of the entire family AND make sure that your husband takes the camera every-so-often so that you are photographed with your child.
This experience made me realize that taking a vacation with a toddler brings a whole new meaning to the word vacation. I wasn’t able to sleep in, lounge by the pool or enjoy my favorite cocktails (ok, that’s because I’m pregnant). On the other hand, it was so much fun to get out of the house, have a change of scenery and spend time with the family. I was so happy, and fortunate, to have my parents and my brothers there. It added a great dynamic and Brett truly enjoyed her time with all of them. I am looking forward to our next “vacation!”
This picture is Brett with her Papa, Uncle P.Jay, Daddy, and Uncle Andrew.