It's that time of year where I start daydreaming about the next time my family can get away. Maybe somewhere tropical where sunshine is abundant and outdoor activities are plentiful. We live in the Midwest where seasons are incredibly touchy, causing a whole lot of cabin fever through a large portion of the year. When I think back to the first time we attempted a getaway, I think of all the weird things moms do on their first family vacation with baby because my list was nothing short of extensive (and detailed).
We didn't attempt to try something like this until we were confident we could handle it. There's a lot of things no one will tell you about how anxiety-ridden this whole process can be. Vacations are a lot of work when kids are involved. I spent months researching the perfect place to stay down by the ocean and meticulously drafted page after page of what, and how, this thing would go down. When it came time for the long drive (14 hours), we thought we were ready because I had the plans! Right there! On the papers! Turns out, most babies don't care what's on your summer travel list as long as they maintain their usual baby life (which I really tried to stay true to).
As I look out our window to the dreary street where temperatures are unusually high for this time of year, I can't help but be transported back to that family vacation where some of the best memories were made for the very first time. With that, here are some things I did that I think most moms do when traveling with a baby (or toddler) that's anywhere but home. And for the record, the headaches and stress crying was so worth it.