I am off work for the next two months and am so excited for this summer break. 3 summers ago I was planning a wedding and got married, 2 summers ago A was a bitty newborn, and last summer I was pregnant, we bought a house, and moved (A was the best helper). This summer is my first with both my boys and I am excited to go to the beach, the zoo, the playground, swim class, and on family vacation!
We are going to be staying at a beach house for almost a week and we actually haven’t traveled with both kids yet; when A was a baby we went on vacation a lot. C was born in the middle of winter and we didn’t really plan any getaways. So I’m going to do what I’ve always done, which is bring pretty much everything and try to make the rental as comfortable as I can, and hope for the best! One of my main goals is (obviously) to make sure both boys can sleep comfortably – we have found that bringing a sound machine, familiar books, etc. help a lot. We will keep our mid-day nap at the house since they will definitely need their rest during the day in between beach time, but some of C’s other naps will be more on the go. My other main goal is safety – I’ll make the rental as safe as I can, and will likely utilize pack and play/pop-up play yard to keep the kiddies contained when I need to. Overall though, I am just excited to get away from chores and spend time relaxing with my family in the sunshine. We are taking family pictures with J’s extended family, my sister is staying with us, and it’s going to be awesome!
I love to print out my packing list so that I can pack over the course of a couple of days when I have extra time. Below is a sample of my packing list for the kids (also if you want to check out baby C’s 5 month schedule, click here!)
Update: The first 2 days of vacation went great – both kids napped and slept well at night in their pack and plays, and we were able to stick close to our regular schedule while still getting out of the house and enjoying the beach. Unfortunately though baby C got sick for the first time ever, and he was in a lot of pain. I have never seen him so upset 😦 It was chaotic the rest of the trip, but such is life. Overall though I feel more confident in traveling with our #2andunder and am super glad I packed that Tylenol!!