Monday, July 14, 2014

vacation with a baby: it's worth it

On our drive to Rhode Island last week, Charlotte was screaming and I was sitting in the backseat, leaned all the way forward (for 25 minutes) so she wouldn't be able to see me and could fall asleep. I was seriously questioning our sanity and thought, "Is this worth it?!"

The long drive. The traffic jams. The torture device car seat. The upset nap schedule. The crying. The nursing pit stops. The fussiness. The screaming. The packing. The unpacking. The inconsistency.

In short: yes, it's worth it!

Vacation is worth all the hard work, all the packing, all the unsettled-ness. Because time with family is a very sacred blessing in the midst of life's craziness.

It was so beautiful to see my dad singing to Charlotte while she hummed along happily. My heart melted to watch Charlotte hanging out happily in my brother's arms and smiling at his voice. My mom had so many fun toys and spent tons of time playing with Charlotte and talking to her sweetly.

Living far from both our families is one of the hardest parts of parenthood. Vacations are the few times a year when we have large chunks of time for Charlotte to get to know her extended family members, see new places, and experience new things.

So, yeah. Vacation is really hard but it's totally worth it!

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