How fun is it to be with my entire family at the beach for a week? SUPER FUN.
How hard is it to be away from our beds and our routine? SUPER HARD.
I don’t get to see my family very often because they mostly live down in the PA/MD/DE area, but when we do, it’s 100% craziness. Kids everywhere, everyone laughing and talking (and sometimes crying), wonderful food and lots and lots of catching up.
This is the first time we’ve really traveled with Owen since we established his rock solid bedtime routine, and, as expected, he’s having a bit of a hard time adjusting to all of the changes. We’re all staying in one (loud) house with pretty thin walls and not quite enough bedrooms, so we had to get creative about where everyone would sleep. With a 4 year old, a 15 month old, an 11 month old (Owen) and a 6 month old, there are lots of nap schedules to contend with, as well as preferred sleeping conditions, like darkness, temperature, sound machines/music, etc. It’s a bit like a circus here at the moment 🙂
After much deliberation we decided to put the 4 year old with my younger sister (in 2 twin beds), put the 6 month old in with her parents (my brother and his wife) and are attempting to sleep Owen and the 15 month old in tandem pack n’ plays in a basement room. Everyone seems to be ok with this plan except the two babies in the basement. They both do a bit of fussing in their cribs, but unfortunately at different times. Becca, my 15 month old niece, cries a bit when she goes down to sleep, and Owen has a pretty regular fussy period between 4 and 5 am. He generally goes back to sleep at that point until 6:30am, and has even succeeded in doing that most mornings here at the beach, but Becca, being Owen’s roommate, isn’t used to getting up at that time. Which makes for a lot of crying babies and odd hours. And naps that don’t always happen.
Which means a lot of tired parents. Who would love to be hanging out and spending all day at the beach and sitting together and chatting, but are actually spending 99% of their time planning for a nap or feeding their children.
So that part is kind of hard.
But the awesome part is how comfortable we all feel with each others’ children. We grab hands and play with toys and cuddle all of the babies, regardless of who they belong to. That’s family. And it’s so, so, so nice.