|Hitting the road, full of hope and possibilities!|
“Comparison is the death of joy.”
|All our shoes were soggy|
But the rain and traffic back were so bad—cars stalled in the road from runoff—that we didn’t have time to stop for lunch before the tot’s nap. Later, the storm abated and we ran down to the shore, then ran back in the rain. We watched baby Einstein’s “Neptune’s Ocean” 37 times. And I got so sick I literally could not see straight.
It rains and rains. Finally the day ends. It’s supposed to be clear tomorrow. Instead, it rains and there’s dangerous sea life. But hey, I feel a lot better—I can breathe; my eyes aren’t running. And jellyfish didn’t keep us from enjoying ourselves way back when my family visited the area more than 15 years ago. We can still do this!
|Yes we can! …no we really can’t.|
It’s totally overcast and about to rain (all day), but let’s go. We trot down to the beach, point to the ducks, and get to the water’s edge. Anything sub-ideal becomes awesome when the baby loves it. And…total toddler meltdown from the kid who loves waves. He was up for an hour or two coughing at 2am, so today he doesn’t like the sand, doesn’t want to get wet, doesn’t like the rain approaching from down the coast, doesn’t even want to get in the pool. All he wants is to bury his head in my shoulder. His eyes are now red and streaming. Snot covers his face and hands. He is miserable.
|Vacation baby—no spin.|
But…why not? Every time we’ve taken Isaac somewhere we end up sick and totally wiped out. He sleeps fine in his pack-n-play (except for the coughing) but it makes me wonder: are we just in a Do Not Travel phase of life with tots? It seems like other people do it and have a better attitude about the misery. What are we missing?
So obviously we came home early. Nothing like being sick to make you dread all future travel plans. Ugh. When we got our tax rebate Chris asked, “Do we want to go anywhere while we live here?” We discussed the many merits of visiting my bro’s family in Alaska or taking the Goodbaby to Disneyworld, but finally we admitted that the only vacation that actually sounds good these days is getting a great deal on a nearby condo and just enjoying the beach. This weekend that fantasy was fulfilled! Filled full of reality.