K had a business trip to Colorado and since we heard it was pretty there, baby and I decided (well I decided since said baby currently speaks exclusively in incoherent babble) to tag along too, stay the weekend and make a vacation out of it. It was our first vacation post-bebe and it was interesting to see how things change once a little one arrives.
Pre-baby flight: Eat in-flight snack. Nap. Write. Stare out window. Play sudoku.
Post-baby flight: Feed baby. Get baby to nap. Get baby to stare out window. Watch baby eat sudoku.
Pre-baby time zone change: It feels like 9pm but its only 7pm. The day is suddenly longer! YAY.
Post-baby time zone change: Baby thinks its 9pm when its really 7pm. OMG MUST SLEEP NOW NOW NOW. Our day? Suddenly shorter.
Pre-baby hotel sleep: Fluffy pillows. AC low. Hello: sleep as long as I like.
Post-baby hotel sleep: Baby wakes up every hour on the hour stares at unfamiliar surroundings and screams (in not so many words): GAH! NOT MY CRIB! COLD. HOLD ME RIGHT NOW SERIOUSLY FOR REAL!
Pre-baby drive through mountains: Drive until the gas tank shows E while snapping pictures, and stopping along the way to smell flowers and walk through quaint mountain towns surrounded by imposing monuments to God every where you turn.
Post-baby drive through mountains: Mountains? What mountains? Too busy sitting in backseat shaking rattle while singing various Barney songs at high volume to keep baby calm to notice.
Pre-baby late night hangout: Wander through town holding hands under the starry skies, dropping by at a cafe to get coffee and dessert and go over our day.
Post-baby late night hangout: Keep the car running while the other dashes into Target to grab a pint of Ben & Jerry’s to eat at the hotel with the lights dim while watching a corny movie on HBO on low volume at the late hour of 7pm.
Pre-baby return home: It was such fun but now back to routine. Bummer.
Post-baby return home: It was such fun but now back to routine! YAY!
And the reason you won’t see me complaining:
Yep- that smile makes it all worth it. A million times over.