So our first Vacation with DD was a bit stressful and led to a bit of regression upon our arrival back home. BUT of course, that didnt make me shy away from going on another trip. This time all 4 of us were traveling together OH BOY. A very active 2 year old and a lil Diva on the plane.. That was honestly the hardest part.
I already knew where we were staying as it was a family apartment So I had a game plan in my head. My DS who was not use to sleeping in a BIG BOY BED was going to have to learn. We arrived at the apartment at nap time with 2 cranky kids. In 20 minutes i had both kids rooms set up. I had bought a black sheet because i knew that the floridian apartment did NOT have any type of darkening in any room. TIP: You know those hangers with the alligator clamps, They are a great tool to hang a sheet on existing window coverings. For his big boy bed to make it safe i grabbed some pillows and put them under the fitted sheet on the bottom and side and pushed the bed against the wall on the other side. He didnt attempt to get out once the whole trip. Im also addicted to my visual monitor so we brought that as well. TIP: 3M hooks are an amazing tool to hang your monitor on the wall while away. pull the sticker off when your trip is over and nothing left on the wall.. ingenious.
Now... My DD... where did she sleep. You may think this is strange..... BUT, she slept in the quiet and dark walk in closet. Large enough for a playpen, baby monitor, rotating fan and white noise. She was asleep for her nap within 5 minutes.
So the big question. How did she do with her sleep this trip. . . . . AMAZING! the first night i was up a half dozen times waiting for her to wake. NOT A PEEP. all her naps and all overnights while away, she did amazing. if she did wake she was up for maybe 5 minutes, found her soother and went back to sleep. Slept in even. She had stroller naps, carseat naps, adjusted naps, and she handled them all amazing. So amazing that i extended my trip with just my DD for 2 extra days.
It was an amazing vacation with my family. the flight home was horrible. I did all i could to help adjust her ears to the pressure but i think she was effected. She cried for a good hour. We were the people getting the stares because of the crying baby. i hid in the washroom for 10 minutes trying to calm her but no luck. She eventually settled after some tylenol and white noise in her ear and slept the last hour of a 2.5 hr flight.
we got home in time for bedtime... again i was worried. but she made me so proud. Slept her 11 hrs overnight like a champ and carried on her next day flawlessly.
What an amazing 2nd trip. We had fun, we were rested and enjoyed each others company so much. Our kids learned so much. My lil guy loved the beach and was a fish in the pool. My DD wasnt allowed in the pool cause she possibly may have peed more then the old folk do in it on a daily basis... but i found a solution for that. The rubber duck for your tub, bought at target $10.... Do you think she liked it?
AND MILESTONES... She turned 6 mos, started solids and by lil baby doll is SITTING on her own!!!!... melt my heart. im such a proud momma enjoying every minute of this journey.
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