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How I Survived My First Vacation as a Mom

How I Survived My First Vacation as a Mom

Ahh, vacation! Whether you’re lying on the beach, exploring a new city, or catching up on much needed rest, everyone loves a good vacation. But, what about vacationing with children? How is it different than vacationing with my family or just my husband?

This momma was in for a surprise on her first family vacation with a five month old.

I’m not even sure I’d call it a vacation. Honestly, it felt more like a “trip”. I’ve heard the saying, “Vacationing with children is just parenting in a different city.” And, now I get it. It was a challenge trying to maintain our daughter’s normal schedule. We didn’t want to take her outside during the heat of the day. Our sleeping patterns were altered. I have to admit, I was in a pretty sour mood the first couple days.

What happened to the vacations where my toughest decision was whether I wanted to go to the beach or the pool?

There were literally a few days on my so-called “vacation to paradise” that I stayed in the condo all day. Some vacation, huh?

Here’s the truth: my first vacation as a mom revealed my selfish tendencies. Ouch. No one wants to deal with that. I was expecting vacation to be all about what I wanted to do. And, that’s why I was in a bad mood the first couple days. Things were not going my way. After an honest talk with my husband and lots of prayer, I began settling into my new vacation routines as a mom.

Even though every day of vacation wasn’t easy, it was definitely worth it. It was a joy to experience new things through my daughter’s eyes! Her first airplane ride. Her first time feeling sand between her toes and her first time in the ocean. I will cherish these little moments forever. Plus, we got a lot of great family time without the stresses of work interfering.

Here are a few tips I wish I would have considered before my first vacation as a mom:

  • Lower Your Expectations. Even before we went on vacation, I started planning what our days would look like. When those things didn’t happen, I got frustrated. Do yourself a favor and embrace a go-with-the-flow attitude.
  • Don’t Stress the Schedule. It’s inevitable that your baby will get off schedule when traveling. And, that’s OK. Do your best and forget the rest, as they say.
  • Enjoy the People Who Are with You. Vacation is more about who you’re with than what you do. Allow your little one to spend extended time with family.
  • Do Kid-Friendly Activities. Try new activities that match your child’s age level. Explore your vacation destination from the POV of your little and see what they love.
  • Vacation with Family And Friends. Extra hands on deck means you can sneak away for a date night or a nap!

The first vacation with a child is kind of shocking. There’s so much to learn when it comes to motherhood! How to vacation with children if just another box to check off the list.

What vacationing tips would you share with a new mom?

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