Practice Makes Perfect. Surviving Baby’s First Trip
Have Baby Will Travel has always been a total cheerleader for family travel. My goal with this site is to inspire and motivate new parents to travel with their babies and toddlers. I think a big part of the motivation comes from hearing stories from other traveling parents.
But when I think of that first family vacation, that’s not what I remember. I remember how my daughter kept dozing off in odd places during the first couple of days. And I remember her squeals of absolute joy as she hit the beach and crawled in the sand for the first time. I remember her pointing at a cat and saying “cat.” (We thought she was such a genius!) And then, pointing at a dog and saying “cat.” 🙂
Much like with childbirth, you just kind of forget the bad stuff.
Like how I cried out of sheer exhaustion and frustration when she wouldn’t nap and woke at all hours during our first few days.
Like how out of sorts I felt until we established our “vacation routine.”
And like how I panicked when I realized the pasta with tomato sauce she was greedily eating had shellfish in it. She hadn’t been introduced to that yet.
Have Baby Will Travel is almost a teenager. It’s a wake-up call of sorts for me to not forget where I came from. That first trip was tough, and as much as it’s easy to forget the bad, it’s important not to. I don’t ever want to seem smug or glib about the troubles and hassles involved in getting from point A to point B with a baby in tow. They’re real and they exist and I think being prepared is half the battle.
And also just like childbirth, it’s totally, totally worth it. (Cue: Traveling with a Baby? It Gets Easier)
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