Six Words I NEVER Thought I'd Say...
Traveling. With. My. Toddler. Was. Easy.
Yep you heard me right! We recently spent a week with my parents in Encinitas, CA and I was shocked at how amazing the experience was! There were no tantrums, nap strikes, food refusal, tantrums (did I say that already?!?!) Granted this was probably a total fluke, Jack's 2 year molars took a break from making their VERY LONG entrance into the world, there were no developmental milestones he was working on, the moon and stars were probably aligned perfectly etc, etc. Whatever the case was I am thankful!
I would especially like to thank Apple for inventing the IPad and SNUGG for inventing the IPad case that not only protects our life saving IPad but also allows a very independent toddler to "hold it!" himself. I'd also like to thank Yum Orgnics Lollipops for making the most guilt free toddler bribing product on the market, if you don't have some and you have a toddler, GET SOME. These lollipops are small and made with totally natural and organic products. No fillers or added sugars! And last but not least I'd like to thank our dog Buckley who sacrificed himself and his own comfort to entertain his little brother.
I know this is sort of silly but as someone who has always had a mini anxiety attack thinking of having to travel with Jack in toe, my relief was overwhelming.
Aside from the peaceful road trip, the most amazing part of the trip was watching Jack as he ran from the waves and discovered he could use his favorite construction trucks to dig in the sand. Watching him play with my mom and dad, the joy that lit up his face when they would bury his legs and he'd wiggle his toes and see that they were still there covered in gold flecked sand. The sand castles we'd carefully build just so he could smash them back down returning them to their original form. The best part about the trip was that I wasn't worried about bottles or nap time or feeding him lunch exactly at the same time, I wasn't worried about him eating a little bit of sand or getting sunscreen in his eyes, I didn't have to wrestle him to keep his hat on (because now, thankfully, he wants to wear a hat just like his daddy). The best part of the trip was that I could sit back and watch my baby be a baby, because as he gets older, as every day passes I've been struck with the realization that he will not be a baby very much longer. Soon he will be too old for hugs and kisses and I won't be the first person he looks to when he discovers something new and amazing, my name own't be the first thing that comes out of his mouth in the morning and he won't ask me to kiss is ouchies. I know as he gets older there will be other new exciting experiences that I'll get to witness, but for now I will be present, focusing on today and being thankful for every moment.
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