Saturday, 9 March 2013

The travelling baby

I was sitting in Honolulu Airport earlier this week (as you do) with sunscreen smudges on my sunglasses, sand on the pram wheels and a heart that was giddy from a blissful two weeks in the sun with my little family.

Last week, my baby saw a turtle or ten for the first time. His fingers were often sticky from icecream. He made many castles in the sand, ate teppanyaki chicken off chopsticks and lazed in his Daddy's arms in a warm saltwater lagoon.

It was *sigh* perfection, all wrapped up in one soft chubby little package.

One happy bubba

While contemplating the 10hr flight home, planning my next blog post (and feeling very guilty that I have been keeping all my stories to myself lately), and trying to keep my adventurous toddler within a somewhat safe area of the departure terminal, I realised something.

This holiday did more than give me a barely-there tan and a dent in my wallet. It SCREAMED OUT in an announcement to the universe that we are now a family. Seems odd to say given we've been a party of three for over a year now, but this holiday confirmed that my world is now truly and completely ruled by a 14-month-old.

Chardonnay and movies on the plane were replaced with sticker books and any other distraction tactic I could muster. Romantic dinners for two were replaced with 6pm bookings and the kids menu. Hours on the sun lounger with a good book was replaced with reading a book on the balcony during afternoon nap time... and I loved every minute of it.

I loved watching my son entertain people on the plane, and getting cuddles from the ladies sitting in the row behind us. I loved seeing him try new foods in new environments and finishing every last tasty bite. I loved having some peaceful time to myself in a beautiful location while he slept. And I loved introducing him to the world again once he woke up refreshed after his lunchtime nap.

Years ago I felt pity at the "poor parents" dragging their children through family-friendly restaurants, blowing up endless pool paraphernalia and going to bed at a reasonable hour on their holiday. Now, I'm proud to be part of the club and can't wait for many more family adventures together.

*Do you have any family travel tips you'd like to share?

7 comments:

  1. Such a lovely reflection of your holiday. Thank you for sharing x

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    1. Can't wait to hear about yours too! x

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  2. We definately have not let having kids stop us from travelling interstate and overseas. Our holiday may have taken a slower pace from when we just a couple but hey we probably cram too much stuff in to enjoy ourselves! It pays to research your destination prior to going, taking a lighter stroller (or hiring one at the hotel), packing your nappy bag with extra supplies (we have had plane delays, been stuck on a plane that was being repaired and we couldn't get off...). Can't wait to jet set off again - haven't been to Honolulu yet but would love to go!

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    1. Fantastic advice and I agree with everything you've said. I was going to write up some practical travel tips for Mouths of Mums, would you mind if I include some of these too? Honolulu and Hawaii in general was a great family holiday location. The 10hr flight was manageable and with the Aussie dollar so good, it can be a fairly cost effective trip. You should definitely go when you can!

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    2. Just saw your reply and happy for you to use any of these ideas. My other tip is to pack a little bag for baby or toddler with some small toys that they haven't seen before (not noisy ones so not to distract other travellers). My little ones have enjoyed small etch sketchers, cars, little pots of play dough, I-spy bags and books. Cloth nappies are also invaluable - change mat, for feeding, entertaining teething babies and playing peek-a-boo!

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  3. That's so awesome, wait until they're 8-10, then travelling is really fun.

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