It seemed like a good decision — a decision we proactively made– in August when the sun was shining, I was incredibly sleep-deprived and probably still feeling some post-partum hormone surges from having delivered twins 3 weeks earlier. Fast forward 4 months later, and there we are in the airport on Christmas Eve. My husband and I, even more sleep-deprived than we thought two people could be, and our three children who were outfitted in adorable Christmas jammies and Santa hats. Our oldest was 20 months old, the twins were 5 months old and we were flying out to Park City, Utah to spend Christmas with my in-laws. It had seemed like a good decision . . . in August.
Imagine it – a triple stroller, 2 car carriers, a toddler car seat (5-point harness and all), a diaper bag the size of Santa’s sack to accommodate the 10+ hours we would be in planes, trains and automobiles. Luggage for a family of 5, including one whole suitcase devoted to diapers and formula. Why? Because loading up three kids into a rental SUV and driving through the snow in idyllic Park City for baby supplies would not be an option.
Connecting flights from Detroit to Denver, Denver to Salt Lake – why go direct when you can board, deplane, board, deplane and enjoy a little Denver airport food? My husband made a minimum of 4 trips down the airplane aisle each flight, loading carry-ons, car seats, and of course, kids, getting stuck behind passengers, sweat dripping off his forehead. I was home base, standing or sitting with all the stuff and children. Fa la la la la.
Obviously, we survived. We spent the Christmas week with my husband’s whole family, the only drama being when our daughter flushed her cousin’s toy down the toilet. We even made it back home 6 days later. Six years later, we still look back at that trip and laugh, for so many reasons, but specifically the insanity that prompted us to take it in the first place. Would I recommend it? Probably not. Would we do it again? Definitely so.
Composer and Professor Anthony Brandt said, “Other things may change us, but we start and end with family.” As a mom, nothing resonates more, especially at this time of the year. Family is why we do what we do – the good, the bad and the ugly.
May your holidays be merry and bright, your travels safe and sane, and your family always at the center of your heart.
Happy holidays to you and yours from the Baby Pibu team!
~Contributed by Pibu’s guest Mommy Blogger