Hallelujah for weekends! I’ll be a lot happier when the weather is warmer and sunnier. Who’s with me??
Unfortunately my weekends don’t start until Sunday, but for some reason there is something so refreshing knowing it is Saturday!
What do you like spending your weekends doing? Nothing? Doing activities with your kids? The never ending cycle of house stuff? Taking short weekend trips?
All of the above for me. I love weekends where we have nothing planned, but to relax. I love planning activities for us to do with Kate. House stuff….. like I said, never ending.. but fun at the same time to customize your house into your HOME. And we love taking trips!
Joel and I are home bodies, but we also like to travel and get away from the never ending list. Sometimes our weekend getaways are to see friends and family, and other times are just for some sweet family time.
Our first trip after Kate was born was to see our dear friends in Montgomery. She was three weeks old.
I was always told to travel early with your child. Let them get used to being in a car seat at an early age, and also accustom them to being able to fall asleep in different surroundings. Kate has no problem sleeping wherever we go, as long as she has her security blanket. Sometimes it helps them to have something familiar in an unfamiliar place.
That worked out really well for us, and having a newborn didn’t keep us from traveling. Although our lives have to adjust a little bit to having a child, our child also needs to adjust to your life as well.. Maybe a good way of putting it is…. Meet in the middle 🙂
Most of the time we would stay with my parents just to change her surroundings a little bit. A home away from home and only 45 minutes away.
Traveling of course with a newborn/child is a whole other situation from before kids. It will probably take you about twice as long to get somewhere and there will be several stops!
Kate is a great traveler! Like any other child who doesn’t like to sit still for long, she can get a little restless after awhile. It helped us to bring different toys to entertain her with, stop somewhere and walk around with her to change her surroundings, and then move on.
I always told myself that I wouldn’t give in to electronics. Growing up I didn’t have an iPhone at my fingertips to watch movies on end, so my children can do the same. Didn’t work out too well…. When you just need the “MOM” on repeat to end, sometimes a movie will do just that to pass by some more time while traveling.
As Kate gets older, I plan to do the good old fashion traveling games to pass the time and get her away from screen time as much as I can.
My thoughts on screen time can be saved for another time. Even though technology has given us a lot of new connections to the world, I also feel like our young developing brains don’t need as much screen time as we give them.
We have traveled to several places with Kate and they have all been very pleasant! Here are some trips Kate went on in her first year of life…
Girls trip(plus Max) to Georgia!
(Quick trip to Franklin, Tennessee)
(Lake Lure, North Carolina with cousins)
(Celebrating Daddy’s 30th birthday in Fontana Dam, NC)
(Kate’s first beach trip for the annual Harris family Christmas vacation)
To sum it all up..
Establish a good routine and schedule from the beginning to make things a little easier when traveling.
If possible, plan your travel time around their naps. That way they will sleep for a good portion of it.
Start traveling early to allow your baby to get used to riding in a car and acclimate them to sleeping well in new surroundings.
Traveling with your child doesn’t have to be stressful, it can be a lot of fun for all of you!
Travel the World!
Also, Happy Easter!! Let us all remember what this day is all about, our Lord and Savior coming back to life after sacrificing His life so that we could have eternal life. Wow! Thank you Jesus!