There you are, after a year of hard work and the chaos that this motherhood gig brings, finally the holidays are there. Two weeks of relaxing, beaches, nice food, reading and sunbathing. Call me naïve, but that is still somewhat how I started this trip. Yes, obviously I knew it would be different this time going on holidays with a kid (less relaxing probably) but still, I did not really count on a working holiday.
Because let´s face it, can you really call it holidays when you go with kids?
• “Relaxing” is a word you should probably skip out of your holiday vocabulary for the next 16 years or so. At least the bichin doesn´t allow for any relaxing. He does allow for a lot of running after him, keeping him entertained when he is super cranky because he is
so tired from all the beach fun but refuses to take a nap and walking around for hours with the stroller because that´s the only place where he will nap (fancy a relaxing walk in the burning heat anyone?). When he is finally playing by himself you might take your chance to relax for a few minutes and close your eyes just for a little bit. Don´t! That´s when he will be shoving sand in his mouth or will slap you in your face with his bucket.
• “Beaches”, if there´s no relaxing involved, I usually don´t really need a beach. But hey, kids love it so you pack up half of your holiday home to spend an afternoon at the beach. This packing already requires so much organization (diapers, swimming diapers, wet wipes, extra set of clothes, towels, toys, water, sun cream, some snacks, sun screen, and the list goes on and on) that you almost need a checklist for this relaxing afternoon. Then at the beach, you will start fighting with the amount of sand that the Sahara manages. There will be sand everywhere. Don´t even try to keep your towel sand free, it´s a mission impossible. This also makes bathing your toddler at night so much more fun, there will be sand in places you didn´t even know that existed.
• “Nice food”, yep as if after you survived that very relaxing day you still have the energy to cook a decent meal or sit in a restaurant trying to keep that kid stay calm while he is already way too tired from the whole day but still hyperactive at the same time.
• “Reading”, yeah right, that one was way too ambitious and way too much to ask. You can bring all the books and magazines you want, but they´re just adding kilos to the already insane amount of luggage you took on this trip.
• “Sun” might always have been your big love, now it´s just complicating things. Lesson 1 is that there´s no such thing as too much sun cream, so half of the day you´re trying to catch your toddler to give him an extra layer. Despite these million layers of cream, you still need a sunscreen to ensure some shadow with all this beach fun. Since your kid probably won´t like it (or just wants to be annoying) if he sits under it and you sit next to it trying to at least get a little bit of tan (so your colleagues will see you actually went on holidays), you´re going to be under it as well.
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So here I am writing this after my little guy finally fell asleep in the stroller. I hadn´t gotten the time yet to even get dressed, so it was a nice relaxing walk in my pajamas with a face that wasn´t ready to get out on the street yet. The only thing I was thinking during that walk with a screaming bichin in the stroller was how much I was looking forward to getting back to the office on Monday because compared to the holidays it will be quite relaxing!
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