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Keeping A Schedule on Vacation

Having fun before an afternoon nap!

Having fun before an afternoon nap!

Sorry that my posts are all so vacation-heavy this week. It’s hard to think about much else when our days currently revolve around sunscreen, swim trunks, and afternoon bike rides. Our typical life at home is certainly nothing to complain about either, but this is just a nice change of pace to be able to all relax together as a family.

We’re doing our best to stay as relaxed and unplanned as possible. No agenda—just going with the flow and keeping it casual. With that said, I’m also trying to keep Cullen relatively on schedule. That’s always hard with a lot of travel and a three hour time change involved, but we have to at least try. Mostly this just means trying to preserve his nap.

Our first day of travel resulted in a 30 minute nap on my chest on the train from the airport—not ideal, but not really avoidable either. The next day wasn’t much better, another 30 minutes or so in the car as we drove from Atlanta to the island. Now that we’re here, I’m ignoring the temptation to let him play longer on the beach or pool, and dragging him inside for some down time in the crib. I know all the salt and sun is exhausting, and it’s so critical he get that chance to refresh and rest.

I’ve been pretty casual with bedtime so far, but I think it’s starting to come back and bite us. Having let him stay up until past eight—sometimes even until nine—for a few nights, last night he was in bed at 7:15. He had taken a really short afternoon nap, and just generally acted like a maniac all evening. I knew his little body was begging for sleep.

It’s tempting to want all the extra time at the beach or on the bikes myself, and of course it’s no fun to be stuck inside on baby monitor duty for two or three hours each afternoon, but it definitely makes the time spent together more pleasant. Here’s hoping for a good nap today, and an easy transition back to Pacific time when we get there!


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