This past weekend we took our first over night trip as a family of four. We had been in talks about what to do and where to go for a few months. I was toying with the idea of either an AirBnB near a beachfront or the Niagara Fallsview Waterpark. I am glad we went with the latter. The waterpark was not crowded (and we went on two days) and walking around Clifton Hill and checking out The Falls is always entertaining. Thankfully, the hotel we stayed at had breakfast so we filled up on food (twice for some of us) and didn’t have to worry about preparation or clean up!
This was totally a kid centric trip, meaning we were back in the hotel room by 8pm. And even though we were on a “stay-cation” we were still parenting (i.e.: reminding Miss S to eat her veggies or use her walking feet and dealing with baby nap times). It was by no means easy (I mean travelling in any capacity with kids is a challenge) but it was worth it.
Within minutes of getting into the hotel room, Miss S and Ellie were playing with each. Miss S would make a funny noise over and over again and Ellie would laugh at her. Miss S enjoyed the water way more than I’ve seen in the last year. And Ellie got to take her first dip in the pool as well.
Miss S got a few piggy back rides and Ellie got more sling time than usual. We got a few family selfies and got to eat some Sweet Jesus :)
Even with all the awesomeness there is some crankiness but everything is a learning opportunity. If you are looking for some mom hacks to get you through a weekend away with your growing family consider these tips:
- A double stroller is must
- Adults need to have fun too (and not just cater to the kids)
- Always ask a stranger to take pictures of you and your family
- Look into hotels that offer continental breakfast or complimentary snack bars
If someone told me when I was 24 that in 10 yrs I will be celebrating 7 years of marriage.. I would probably give them a blank stare followed by a nervous laugh!
But here we are… and we’ve accomplished quite the list:
- 10 countries
- 7 street races (me usually running 5 min ahead of the hubz)
- 5 wedding reception performances (can’t believe he’s convinced me to do them)
- 3 homes,
- 2 MBAs
- 2 daughters
We actually had our first ALONE date in almost 5 months yesterday. We went out to an Italian food resto (that would be a big drag bringing two kids to) and had a date like ‘old times’. Here is a silly questionnaire we filled out while waiting for our food to arrive.
1) Who is older?
2) Who made the first move when we first met?
A: I did, oh wait you said when we ‘first met’ oh…
B: Me, tried to go in for a kiss and got shot down
3) Who studied the hardest in school?
4) Who is smarter?
A: *points at Bhanu*
5) Who is more creative?
6) Who does more of the cooking?
7) Who cleans more toilets?
8) Who said I love you first?
A: *looks down in embarrassment*
9) Who spends more money?
10) Where was our first kiss?
A: At Meeta’s wedding
B: Under the clock at distillery district
11) What date did we first meet?
A: uhhh dammit!…May 27?
B: May 27 2009
…we were both wrong it was May 20
12) Who is more likely to get lost getting back to the hotel while on vacation?
A: probably me
13) Who hates driving in traffic the most?
14) Who wears the pants in the relationship?
A: Both of us
B: Um loaded question I decline to respond
15) Who is better looking?
A: *points at Bhanu*
16) Who talks more?
17) Who says I love you more?
A: *points at Bhanu*
18) What date did Anuj propose?
A: Sept 4 2009
B: Sept 19 2009
Other than the washer breaking down on Friday evening (every mom’s nightmare I am sure) the Hubz surprised me and came home early so we scooped up Miss El and headed out to grab a small bite (while Miss El napped). It was so nice to be surprised and have a change in my afternoon routine. Saturday, my mom, Miss S, Ellie and I attended a baby shower. Having been out of the house and operating outside of their normal routine, they were angels. But the craziness did set in around 6pm and we had to hightail it out of there. (My mom got a glimpse of it and I hope it didn’t scare her!)
Sunday morning we made a trip to Lowes to finalize on a new washer and dryer and then Miss S went off to ball sports with the Hubz. While they were out I was cleaning the house like a mad women because our cousins were coming over for a late lunch. Ellie in the ring sling and me vacuuming the main floor was quite the cardio workout.
After lunch, the four of us hung out on the drive way. Sunday hangs on the driveway are our new thing :) It’s a nice change of scenery yet still being at home. Close to the fridge, bubbles, the kids toys and sitting in the shade while the sun sets behind our house is the best feeling!
Our Ellie-belly is 4 months. She’s found her voice and uses it to make a hilarious throat gurgle or a high pitched shriek (just in time for witching hour).
She’s also realized she has hair and two ears. She’s found her knees and is trying to understand how they attach to her feet and toes. She is very ticklish, loves to kick us in the face (or kick anything really, bath water, parts of her play gym and even the air) and her fingers are her favourite snack (much to big sissy’s dismay “Elowa we don’t put our fingers in our moups”). She also loves to stare at her sister, especially in the car after preschool pick up.
Her favorite toys are the classic o-ball, o-ball cricket turn toy, as well as this bear because it’s perfect to practice her BLW skills. On that note, she’s started following us as we eat (food from plate to hand, hand to mouth and then it disappears). I think she may have figured out her name (or at least recognize it in the sing song way we say it).
I am having a hard time keeping her finger nails trimmed and not exactly sure what to do with her hair (head bands just don’t stay on!)
Miss El has already visited three work place offices, been to Canada’s Wonderland, several playgyms and a few birthday parties. Can’t believe that she’ll be starting solids in a few months and then I’ll be halfway into my Mat Leave :O
Wow here we are – 3 month old baby Ellie belly!
She has been smiling for a while now and we’ve heard her giggle. She is now more into PDA in that she makes physical contact with me, the mister or her big sis.
She is keeping her hands open more now and we love watching her kick and move her arms #DoYouEvenLift.
If you been following the last 10 days, you might have noticed that I’ve blogged everyday from Monday to Friday and, as a goal and personal challenge, will continue to do so for the rest of June 2017. Check out the posts here.
You also might notice that I didn’t actually get this post published on time. I was mentally exhausted on Friday and couldn’t bring myself to type. But it’s here now :)