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I have to tell you, even as an adult, I have never experienced the holiday travel that’s always discussed in the media. Every year, every major holiday season (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Labor Day, Memorial Day, etc.) it’s the same story (basically) everywhere.
“Travel isn’t going to be easy. There will be unexpected layovers, the airport will be busy, the roads will be crazy. Oh, and watch out for all those other drivers out there.”
Am I saying these issues don’t exist for people? No way. I believe the difficulty and busy-ness exists. I don’t know if it exists to the level the media wants us to believe, though. Nonetheless, I haven’t experienced any of it.
A couple years ago, two close friend-girls and I drove from PA to Miami, FL to get on a cruise ship. We had a blast. We traveled for Christmas, each of us, in our own way. Our trip to FL was a few days later. Personally, I drove from PA to NC for Christmas and back in about 3 days. No traffic issues. Most years prior to that, I haven’t had to travel very far. Maybe I’ve been lucky, I don’t know.
What I do know is I’m not afraid or nervous about travel during the holidays. For me, it would come to planning (or over-planning, in my case). It’s kind of like over packing (something I’m pretty adept at). You start way in advance (even 3 months – that’s not too early is it?). You make back up plans, you practically plan it down to the last
minute hour really.
This year, as a family of three, we will be traveling with Hun’s family to FL. We’ll be driving. Since I’m not “in charge” of planning this trip, there’s not much for me to do. Besides, I have a pretty good idea that the people we’re traveling with aren’t going to “allow” Hun and I to do much except drive. It’ll be fun. I’m looking forward to the 9 hour (or so) drive down to relatives in FL. Baby loves the car, Hun and I both love driving and long trips. The family we’re traveling with love all of us, so it’ll be good times. (and yes, I do have our departure planned as best I can, though I’m trying very hard to not push for more definitive information from our travel companions)
None of the last 3 paragraphs is really what I want to write about though. I want to write about what I’m really looking forward to during this trip.
Just 1 thing. One simple thing.
Daily (mostly peaceful) showers!
Yep, that’s what I’m looking forward to. I don’t know what things we might do while down there. I don’t know if a quick trip to the beach will be feasible. But, a daily shower doesn’t beat chances of going to the beach. No, a daily shower tops the list!
For anyone who’s ever been a new mom, even one that stays home some or all days, this is probably a no-brainer to you. But for those that might not fully understand, I’ll explain.
- There’s about a .000000000001% chance of being in the bathroom, for any reason, without
Baby or Baby wailing or knowing that Baby needs fed/held by Mama. It’s not as simple as one might think. Yes, Hun can hold Baby. Hun can play with Baby. Hun can amuse Baby in some way. BUT, Papa just isn’t Mama. Plain and simple. Hun is not me and Baby knows it.
- The opportunity to do anything without Baby hanging on you, wanting to hang on you, needing to be fed, changed, paper extracted from his hand the milisecond before he gets it in his mouth, just doesn’t exist.
fewone time you get to take a Baby free shower a week isn’t spent being luxurious. There’s no pampering your body. It’s quick wash, quick rinse, maybe the hair, maybe a quick shave where you likely miss a few spots, and out. Dry off. Ignore that you desperately need a pedicure, or more than 5.7 seconds of foot attention at least. Lotion. The faster you get this done, the less likely Baby will notice that you’re not somewhere in reach and scream like a banshee even as Papa holds and sings/reads/talks to him.
- There’s just not a break. So, even if Baby’s playing nicely, Papa’s handling him, and I can take more than 5 minutes, I’m so worn out, I can’t relax as I begin thinking about all the other things that need to be done – writing a shopping list, vacuuming the floor, eating something in peace, washing and putting the clothes away, completing/editing/creating a blog post. So, instead of just relaxing, I scurry around getting things done before falling, exhausted into the chair with a cup of tea, snack, and a book. But, as soon as I sit down, Baby makes a beeline for me and before I’ve had 30 seconds, he’s attacking my legs, wanting to be held, or simply talking (babbling) so loudly I can’t read a sentence. Or, I’m so close to passing out that I need to head to bed because it’s midnight.
So, even though it’s probably very thrilling to be in FL for Christmas and there are people who might want to trade places with me, I’m excited I’ll be able to shower every day. I really miss showering every day. I’m not sure if I’ll know what to do with myself. I mean, I may just become Hun and hog all the hot water, the shower, and the bathroom with my luxuriously looooonnnngggg and pleasing showers!
*Note: Most likely I’ll still take quick (though slightly slower) shower and even if Baby doesn’t have to be involved, he probably will be. I know after probably 1 (maybe 2) showers without him, I’ll miss him and want him to join in. Oh the life of a mom 🙂