Our little one's first trip was to Japan as a 15 week-old bun in the oven and a couple months later on a road trip to Canada. His first flights out in the real world were home to North Carolina at 6 weeks and again at 6 months. But going home, well, that's not really traveling. I mean, my parents have a pack 'n play and borrow tons of toys from my Aunt and spoil us rotten. So, I can't really count that as traveling or vacation. It's just... going home ^_^
This past weekend was our first real trip with baby in tow. We took the Go Bus up to Boston where we rented and shared an apartment with my sister's family (hubby and kids ages 3 and 5), and they even provided us with a Pack 'n Play! The bus wasn't nearly as terrible as I expected, other than being long. Including the transportation to and from the bus stations, it took us NINE HOURS door to door from Brooklyn to Boston, and about 8 on the return trip. Yikes! Luckily Kenzo was fairly easily entertained, and took a couple of naps each way. But it made us seriously contemplate the Thanksgiving trip to Japan we are planning. >_<
We thought about renting a car, but actually the bus ended up being much better - we could take turns playing with the baby without having to pull over and switch seats. Whoever's not playing with baby could sleep or catch up on e-mails, or whatever. And hello, SO MUCH CHEAPER!!! We paid $73 round trip, total, for all 3 of us! I felt a bit guilty about not paying for Kenzo and bringing his car seat, will probably go ahead and do that next time. I didn't really think about it until we were on the bus and my head started filling with scary scenarios of crashing. Ugh.
As far as the time in Boston goes, we had a blast! Kenzo wouldn't go to bed before us which was around 10pm (look for a post on our sleep training which started last night coming soon!), and his little cousins had us all up around 6 or 7am, so he was seriously sleep deprived and uber cranky, but for the most part a trooper. He LOVED the aquarium and was really fascinated with all the fish and animals! He loved his Aunt and cousins but for some reason cried every time his Uncle got near him...
Saturday and Sunday were long full days with lots of walking, so we were happy to carry Kenzo in his Mei Tai occasionally so his cousins could take a nap in his stroller. Of course we took him to Harvard for a bit to check out his future school, but told him he has to study hard if he wants to go there cuz mommy and daddy sure can't pay for it! Ha!
But of course family time was top priority! Lots of cuddles!!!
But you know those vacations where you get home and you're like, "Dude, I need a vacation after my vacation"?? This was one of those vacations! Haha! Between the 3 little ones and 4 exhausted parents, there was always somebody in a mood...probalby me most of the time lol! I'm really not sure how you deal with more than one child, but I guess we'll cross that road when we get to it!!
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