While my husband is on paternity leave we decided to take our first ever family vacation all on our own. Since I moved to Edmonton 7 years ago (and especially since Lukas has been alive) we’ve always used all of our vacation time going back to Vancouver to visit family. On our way home from our last trip in December for Christmas, as we dragged our exhausted selves (and baby) through the Calgary airport on a 3 hour layover, we looked at each other and both agreed it wasn’t worth it. We had spent over $1500, 10 days of our lives and all the keeping Lukas entertained skills we had to parade around visiting. We didn’t even get a chance to enjoy anyone for any amount of time before we had to move along. We figure as our little family grows it makes much more sense for people to take themselves and their one piece of carry-on luggage to come visit us in Edmonton. We needed something to make up for our pain and suffering so the very next day we booked our stay in sunny Palm Springs California, just for us!
The time has finally come and as I type this i’m surrounded by palm trees and pools. Probably by time its published we’ll be back at home but I cant complain because The Baby Bunch class start soon so there’s lots to look forward to. Before getting into things I would just like to confirm that a vacation with a baby is no vacation, its parenting in a different location. Our flight was 3 hours but the first 1.5 hours that Lukas screamed through because he was tired before passing out on me felt like forever. It probably felt even longer for the annoyed looking gentleman trying to sleep beside us. We even had the pleasure of changing a poopy diaper in the airplane bathroom. Its times like this that I’m very thankful to have married a man that is so hands on with our little one. Together we were like a well oiled poop changing machine.
We landed in Palm Springs at 9am and after grabbing the rental vehicle at the airport our first stop was Target to pick up some supplies like snacks, drinks, sunscreen, an umbrella stroller (because it was cheaper than taking an extra piece of checked baggage) I also found some t-shirts and shorts for Lukas that were way too cute to pass up and a few fun summer toys. Our total came to just under $200 USD. Next we went across the street to Trader Joe’s because it’s my absolute favorite! That’s where we bought our meat, produce, goat milk, eggs, and fresh salad rolls. Our total at Trader Joe’s came to about $120 USD. It’s safe to say that we were eating like Kings on this trip! We ended up using every last morsel of food other than some leftover stir fry sauce and papaya.
Lukas was in the middle of a cold when we left and he had just picked up a TERRIBLE bug (possibly Rota-virus) right before. Luckily we packed The Baby Bunch samples with us because it put me way at ease knowing that the Boiron products had us covered for every possible cold symptom he could have. Then I realized that since Lukas had been living off dry toast and bananas for a couple days (because of the Rota-virus) there was no way he was getting enough iron from food so I pulled out the Floradix by Flora. The kid loved the taste of this stuff! I had only brought a 1 ml syringe so I had to give It to him 5 times and he drank It all down like It was Kool-aid. I really love the sunscreen I bought for Lukas but it seems to have dried his skin right up. No sunburn but his skin was so dry it looked painful. In hindsight I may have put too much sunscreen on too often. Once again I dug into our magic bag of Baby Bunch samples and pulled out the Bio-oil for the little lizard boy (and myself). So we headed there with all these great samples to take some nice pics of and ended up using every single one of them. Luckily we’ve still got a pretty great supply back in Edmonton still to hand out to The Baby Bunch starting in May!
Our second night at the resort was eventful. I was startled awake at about 1am by a rustling under our pillows. I jumped up and heard something fall to the floor and run through the lamp cords. At this point I thought It was a cockroach which I’m surprisingly fine with because I know Palm Springs has a lot of them. Then I saw the automatic light in the hallway washroom turn on and that’s when I knew It was something much bigger so I woke up my husband to go check it out. Sure enough it was not only one huge grey mouse, but a couple of them! I know this because I stood on top of the kitchen chairs watching them scurry from place to place while my husband went and got us another room. From 1:30am until 3am we moved our 11 month old, the playpen and ALL of our stuff to a villa on the other side of the clubhouse and on the second floor this time. From then on though the place was fantastic and from talking to regulars staying there a mouse is unheard of.
The rest of the time we introduced Lukas to the grass which he doesn’t remember seeing in his lifetime yet (and took awhile to warm up to), touched interesting textured trees and leaves, played with bubbles, had fun in the pools, went for evenings strolls and just slowed down our pace in general while taking in all the simple pleasures. There were lots of cute activities that the resort put on like Bingo, movie night, games night, ice cream social, taco night, pool aerobics, etc. We decided to keep Lukas up past his bedtime one night and joined in on Fajita night. It was way more than I had anticipated! It was the best chicken and beef fajitas I’ve ever had, refried beans, Spanish rice, drinks, ice cream bar, live music and an incredible group of fun loving snowbirds that are like magnets to a baby. Grandma & Grandpa central!
So as our trip comes to an end I’m sad because I was really enjoying the old school family resort vacation (think Dirty Dancing) but I’m also super pumped for The Baby Bunch to get started and to see the awesome lineup of presenters and activities we have scheduled. You never know, maybe one day we could come up with The Baby Bunch family fun resort and our slogan will be ‘ Because nobody puts baby in the corner’. It could happen!