I came to a few revelations while traveling this weekend. One is them isn’t so recent, just reinforced. The importance of naps is really undervalued. I was really banking on getting one on the trip to Ruidoso. Aubree, however had other plans. She cried the whole way there and I had no idea what to do about it! She wanted to be held so bad. Sorry little girl! She just didn’t understand why she had to be in the car seat. She doesn’t understand the importance of naps yet either unfortunately. She probably won’t until she’s my age. It’s so sad.

The next revelation I came to was that it is SO much more fun to buy stuff for your kids than it is for yourself. Oh the look on Aubree’a face when I put her little Ruidoso cap on her was priceless. It made her so happy. That was much more fun than anything I could have bought myself.

Next I realized to never underestimate the value of a good sippy cup and good baby shoes when traveling. Inadequate ones for both of those can make or break a trip. And you end up with a turned baby ankle and milk all over your face. (We realized about the shoes before the turned baby ankle but not the sippy cup.)

When mobile babies want to walk, bein held just will NOT do. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE, at family reunions love babies and they will steal your kid. Most of the time they eventually return them. And for some reason women in the Walmart bathroom will feel the need to stop to talk to you and your child while you’re changing her diaper. Do I really look like I want to chat while my kid tries to wriggle off the changing table?!

Last, but not least, traveling with your family is fun, but there’s just no substitute to sleeping in your own bed!!


About stepheniejones

I'm currently an advisor in the College of Education at Texas Tech. I have a sweet baby girl named Aubree. I'm currently getting my Master's in Counselor Education with an emphasis on Community Counseling. I feel really called to be a counselor. I'm really excited! I enjoy reading, crocheting, good music, and good friends.

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