Vacation has been done, and gone! We miss it, and it was not much of a vacation at all. There were a series of unfortunate events that I was not prepared for. Day one we missed our flight so we had to wait a day to leave. Doing airports with a two year old and baby two days in a row is exhausting! Then when we made it, the toddler got hit with a nasty tummy bug and the baby had a cold. Not to mention teething (we think), as well as a 4 month sleep regression. Then dada got sick and mom had a severe case of no-sleep-syndrome. I was a walking zombie and still am. This 4 month sleep regression is a DOWNER! So being knocked down last week on vacation is an understatement. It is a week later, and we are getting back up again, finally!
We did make the most of it! We hit up a sea world type zoo and loved it! Who had more fun, dad or kid kissing and touching the dolphin? Dad will never say but I’m sure it was him 😉 We went out to eat a couple of nights, had lunch together and the entire week was about us all being together as a family with great-grandma and great-grandpa. We were not at home in -20 degrees with 6 feet of snow and we were not at work. We are blessed to be able to go on a family vacation to spend time with each other and unplug from our reality. The white sandy beaches are something amazing and the kids love the water so the pool was a highlight for sure! All vacations do come to an end, and our flight home was pretty simple. The kids did great but everyone was extremely exhausted being that 3 out of the 4 of us were sick and one was sickly tired!
Being home for a couple of days it seems like reality was hitting hard and it was just difficult! Some times a mama just has to cry, right? They say (and for some it’s frowned upon) that a baby should cry-it-out to learn how to self soothe and fall asleep on their own. Well guess what? Mama needs to cry it out too, to keep her sanity! That’s o.k. It’s o.k. to cry mama’s! This was the case after being home for a day and the baby still not sleeping and a clean house that we paid for; made into a complete disaster within seconds! Cue tears! Dada was helping do some work in the basement, we had friends stopping by and no energy to entertain or even try to make a meal. It was upsetting to me as a mother. The tears came rolling and our toddler says “mama, you crying? its ok mama”. So then I naturally cried harder, held him close and told him that I loved him! (Then we proceeded to make rocket ships and play trucks and tractors).
So when you get knocked down, get back up again. Honestly everything in life is a phase and it WILL pass. Phases do NOT last forever and whatever you may be going through will soon get better, and you will have a “new” normal! Right now my normal is no sleep so hopefully this type of phase passes sooner rather than later. Our new normal is two crazy kids, (soon to be two) crazy dogs and a messy house! We have come to accept this and once that is accepted it is SO MUCH EASIER to let go you guys. Just let go and be in the moment (even if the moment sucks). Because soon enough, you will find yourself getting back up again! Enjoy every day. Every. Single. Day.