Photo from our trip to Arizona in March
Eric and I often talked about our future as parents long before we got pregnant with Mia. One thing that we agreed was incredibly important to us both was that we didn't stop living life once we had a baby. We wanted more than anything to continue having adventures while adding a little sidekick to the mix! We were nervous as to how to make that happen because we knew so many couples who stopped hanging out with friends, stopped traveling, etc. So how were we going to make it work?
Our world changed the instant Mia was placed in my arms. It changed in the best way possible! But do you know what didn't change? We never stopped living life and going on adventures! Mia went on her first road trip at 5 weeks old. We traveled to Colorado when she was just 2 months old, and then we went to Vegas for a weekend just a few days after Colorado. We've been all over Utah, California, Vegas, Arizona and Colorado in Mia's short 17 months of life. We have the BEST road trippin' memories with our girl!! Sure, it's more work to travel with a little one, but it's also that much more fun (despite the moments that aren't so fun!) We love it so much that we have a few little road trips planned this summer and even Mia's first trip out of the country! Traveling with our toddler is the best!
So how do we make it work? Just the same way we make every other aspect of our lives work. We just take it moment by moment. Packing for littles is a beast, beast I tell ya! The laundry I have to do when we get home is even better, ugh! Sometimes Mia gets sick of the car seat and has a melt down, but if we wait it out long enough, she's bound to cry herself to sleep ;) Sometimes we have a sleepless night or two as Mia adjusts to her new sleeping conditions, but who needs sleep when you're on vacation anyway? I promise you though, we always come away from a road trip with more smiles than tears!
The most important thing you can do for yourself (when traveling with a toddler) is to stop stressing! It's okay if you don't stick to a schedule for a couple of days! It's okay if your toddler throws a few fits, we've all been there! It's going to happen whether you're at home or traveling, so don't let that hold you back from going on adventures! The more we go, the easier it is because Mia gets used to the vacation "routine"! The second most important thing you can do for yourself is to try to be prepared for your toddler. You really don't need much for the road trips... snacks, sippy, books, toys, movie (if you wish) and a fresh diaper :) I have a little backpack that is already packed full of Mia's road trip essentials so I only have to grab that and we are good to go!
Traveling with your toddler can be as easy as you want it to be... it all depends on your mindset :) Okay, that was a lie! But it's still worth it to brave the laundry and melt downs that come with the joys of traveling! Just don't ask me how easy our travels are once we get rid of the binky, yikes!!
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