Weekend Holiday- Before and After a Baby!

The husband and I have just booked a mini get away to Al Hamra Village, in Ras Al Khaimah, for 2 nights next week, and I am currently making my “What to take with us” list. Looking at how lengthy it is, it got me thinking about the differences of a weekend away before and after I had Baby Z! Below I have listed a few from my experience:

Travel to Destination

Before Baby: The holiday starts as soon as you leave the house. The car journey to the destination is filled with excited chatter and comfy seating positions (those ‘bare feet on the dashboard’ kind of ones) whilst admiring the dessert landscape around you. You have plenty of space to stretch because you’ve probably only brought one tiny luggage bag.

After Baby: Check you’ve brought all five suitcases, that are mostly filled with nappies, wipes and baby toys. You never know what kind of baby disaster might befall you during the trip, so you have come prepared! Spend the entire car journey entertaining your child, and in case your baby does fall asleep, speak to your partner in hushed tones so as not to wake the baby up!

After Hotel Check In:

Before Baby: Unpack within 5 seconds and head down to the pool!

After Baby: Take an hour to unpack everything. Quarrel with hotel staff about not receiving the travel cot like you asked for during hotel booking. Finally once the cot arrives, allow your baby to have his/her afternoon nap because that is PRIORITY if you want a chance to enjoy the rest of the evening. Once everyone is in a good mood, and sleep has been fulfilled, head down to the pool.

Meal Times:

Before Baby: Have a lush and sophisticated experience, enjoying your meal with polished cutlery and soaking in the ambiance.

After Baby: Try persuading baby to try out anything and everything, and clean up each time he/she throws food/napkins/cutlery across the table. You and your partner take it in turns to entertain baby whilst the other gobbles up food as quickly as possible. Pay and run out before the waiters realise the extent of the mess under the high chair. Ambiance?… What ambiance?

Activities:

Before Baby: Lazing by the pool, lazing around in the room, trying out new sports or a lush spa treatment. Generally anything that either does not involve too much energy at all, or is off the scales for adrenaline rush.

After Baby: Plan everything according to your baby’s napping and eating routine. Perhaps get into the pool for 10 minutes, until your baby’s cries beckon you. Check to see whether any activity or place you visit is child friendly and safe beforehand.

Capturing the moment:

Before Baby: Take a few romantic selfies, and ask passers by to take some more romantic photos. Throw in a few landscape and meal shots, perhaps even a couple of those ‘Toes in the sand’ clicks.

After Baby: Take a ZILLION photographs of your baby, documenting every smile, laughter, happy, embarrassing and funny moment. Only stop when your batteries run out, or your SD card is full. (Don’t worry, you have packed extra batteries and SD cards though.) Put cameras well away during tantrums, unless you are feeling brave! (It could serve as your adrenaline rush activity of the day!) Take one couple photograph, if you can remember to.

Hotel Check out and Returning Home:

Before Baby: Pack your things moments before your check out time, and bid adieu to a lovely trip. Feel hotel-sick when you get home and start planning your next getaway trip!

After Baby: Start packing the night before you leave. Check out, and then run back into the hotel for that beloved soft toy that you forgot in the travel cot. Get home and breathe a sigh of relief for being back “In Routine”. Print all the zillion photos you took and store them in your holiday album. Grimace when you realise you will have to pick up all the mess from under the baby high chair yourself.

Can you relate to any of these? Do you have any additions to make to this list? I would love to read about your experiences or suggestions, so pop a comment in the comments section below! 

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27 thoughts on “Weekend Holiday- Before and After a Baby!

  1. This made me laugh soooooo much. We’ve travelled a lot with our daughter since she was tiny to visit family overseas but it was a long time before I could convince hubby to take us away to a hotel for a holiday just as 3. We arrived after a long but uneventful journey, the receptionist gave us the happy news that our room was ready early so E could take her precious afternoon nap and I settled in to a self-congratulatory cup of tea in the bar when E leapt from a sofa and landed head first on the corner of a coffee table. There was no nap, thankfully only butterfly stitches and no holidays again for a long time after that…. xx

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    • Ohmygosh that is a horrific experience to have on your first holiday as 3!! I hope you can move beyond and once again enjoy a mini holiday, but this time ask the hotel to shift all the coffee table out of the room before you come to stay!! Thanks for reading!

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  2. This is BRIILIANT! Why do the hotel always forget to put the travel cot in the room?! Come on people, that is the one way to annoy a weary traveller with tots. You do take slightly less stuff with two kids than in fact you do with your precious first born…only slightly less…you do take a wider variety of pooing receptacles (potties) though. #twinklytuesday

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    • Haha i can’t wait till “pooing receptacles” need to be taken along to our trips! Haha! Hotels need to know that the travel cot issue really is not the right way to start things off!! Thanks for reading! 😊

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  3. I absolutely LOVE this!!! It’s so so true I laughed and nodded along the whole time!! Nap time is definitely THE most important time of day and wo betide anyone who tries to skip it just because they are on holiday haha!!
    Having to pick up the food again once your home is definitely the saddest point here, I always miss this lots whenever we come back from anywhere with Arthur!!!
    Thanks so much for sharing this with #myexpatfamily I really loved it!! X

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  4. My travel has always taken the form of visiting someone – friends or family – so it’s rarely been relaxing. I took my first “real” vacation last summer, 1000 miles driving each way – with my then 8-year-old daughters. We had a WONDERFUL time, even if I did pack snacks and entertainment with them in mind.

    Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.

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    • Aw that sounds like a well deserved vacation! I suppose holidays with snacks and entertainment for the kids are just the way its going to be now, and I am sure I will get used to it!

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  5. This is so funny and really rings true! We haven’t been on holiday as such with our now toddler, just family visits, but restaurant meals are just how you described, taking it in turns to eat hurriedly – what happened to enjoying your meal?
    This is probably why my little one tries to stuff too much food in her mouth at once – she’s just copying us!

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  6. Yup yup yup. I do remember that. The older the kids get, the closer you get back to Before baby. I have three children so going on holiday can be a bit hectic and not as relaxing as I always imagine it might be. However, the two older kids pack for themselves, have their own money, and can actually help out with their little brother. Makes things easier. It does still take ages to be able to relax once we arrive but at least we don’t have suitcases full of nappies anymore! #myexpatfamily

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  7. Very funny and very true! We’re going away for a long weekend at the end of June and I’ve been mentally packing for WEEKS, which is not something I ever used to do! I find that it is getting better as M gets older and we become more practised, but I think the terror of leaving a favourite toy in a hotel room will be with me for a while yet.

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