Well our first vacation as a family was a success… although I fully understand why my mom friends say when you travel with kids it’s a “trip” and not a vacation. I had no idea just how much work it would be to fly and be in a totally new environment with such a little baby.
We met a lot of people there with small children and there were two main schools of thought on traveling with babies: 1. It’s so much easier when they’re little like Amalia because they can’t crawl/run around yet and all they do is sleep (ha!), and 2. Wow, you are so brave to be here with her.
I think I actually fall somewhere in the middle. It was totally manageable but also very hard. As soon as we wrapped our heads around our new way of traveling, the trip was over. But I’m so glad we did it because I feel way more prepared for the next one.
It was also great to have have the flight to Bermuda as our first because it was so short and easy. Ok easy might not be a word I would use for traveling with an infant, but in comparison to other flights, it was pretty great. She didn’t sleep much on the way there or back, but she also didn’t cry so we took that as a win.
The first day there, after an early wake up and her very first flight, she was a little off and had a hard time going down for naps probably because she was overtired. By Sunday, she was totally back on schedule and her happy little self. It was so fun to put her feet in the pool and show her a new place.
We got a babysitter for two of the nights we were there so that we could go out to dinner with my family after she went down to sleep. The first night, she texted us that Amalia woke up and was crying (something she never ever does at night anymore) so I was completely freaked out and had the worst mom guilt of all time. I felt so bad leaving my baby with a complete stranger (she was recommended by the hotel and we interviewed her first), and being out without her. I cried a lot that night…
The next day was easier, she went right down and I knew there was no chance she’d wake up. I was finally able to relax and actually enjoy a night out. It ended up being so fun. I even stayed for a drink after dinner with Anel, my sister, and her fiancé Mike.
That day we also decided to stay committed to her schedule so Anel took the morning to play golf, and I spent the afternoon with my sister at the beach so that we both got some alone time, and the baby could nap at her regular times. She’s still having trouble sleeping on the go, but we’re working on it!
This was our fourth time to Bermuda and third time staying at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess, so it’s become a very special place for us as a couple. To go back with my entire family and share it with them was incredible.