We have been back from vacation for two whole days. We unpacked our bags, have done loads of laundry, and Noah is thrilled to be back home with all his toys. I've even gone to the grocery store so I can start cooking again and Noah is back in school today. While we are slowly getting back into the daily grind, I have been enjoying looking back at our vacation photos and wishing we could be back in the sun and sand. I will be sharing all about the fun we had on our vacation, but first I thought I'd share some of the things that I wasn't expecting to happen while in Turks & Caicos.
1 - To end up in the ER the night before we left
While I'm relieved this happened at home and not while on vacation, it definitely wasn't something I planned! The weekend before our vacation, we were super busy with packing, little kid birthday parties, and one last birthday celebration (for me). To say I was eating less than healthy is an understatement. I think I can describe Saturday with donuts, pizza, and lots of cake. So when my stomach hurt, I wasn't surprised. But then Sunday night I had some really bad pains after dinner and lying in the fetal position was the only thing that helped. I thought I was doing better on Monday, until I got the same (but worse) pains after dinner again. This time I was doubled over in pain and could barely move. Since we were supposed to fly out first thing in the morning, my mom and Chris suggested I get checked out at the ER. The doctors couldn't really find anything on the ultrasound, but they think it's gallstones that are being aggravated by fattening foods. They cleared me to go on vacation, said to watch what I ate, and see my regular doctor when I got back if I was still in pain.
2 - Not overindulging
Having severe stomach pains from eating fattening foods doesn't really mix with an all inclusive, huh? While overeating is easy to do at an all inclusive, at least there were lots of options for me. I tried to avoid fried and greasy foods. I experimented with different options to see how they made me feel. I ate more fish than I normally do and tried to stick with fruit, yogurt, and pastries for breakfast. After having a glass of wine the first night and feeling sick again, I thought maybe alcohol wasn't the best idea. So I opted for virgin smoothies during the day and after a night with no pain, started having a very small glass of wine with dinner. Thankfully I haven't had the pains since. I think this was a reminder that I'm not a teenager anymore and can't overindulge without consequence.
3 - Noah being a pro with the potty
Noah has only been potty trained for a few weeks. I was really worried this vacation would cause a regression. I still put him in a pull up on our travel days and swim diapers for the pool because I just didn't need that added stress. On the way there, Noah used the airport bathroom, drank an entire can of apple juice on the plane, and then successfully used the airplane bathroom... I was impressed! There were a couple of instances where the swim diaper came in handy simply because by the time he told me he had to go, it was a long way to the bathroom. But all in all he did great!
4 - How excited guys get over seeing an athlete
To be fair, I think I would have been equally as excited to see a celebrity at our resort. But I thought it was pretty hilarious how much Chris talked about seeing this football player turned analyst at the Sesame Street parade the first night we were there. Chris was also in awe when he saw that our flight attendant was wearing a huge NY Yankees Championship ring. Chris of course had to ask him why he had one and ask for a picture of it. Apparently, the flight attendant was the masseuse for Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez, and as he put it, "they took care of him".
5 - Things not working
Let me preface this by saying that the resort was absolutely beautiful and we had an amazing time. But let's be honest and say that no trip is perfect and there are always a few hiccups. On our first night there, we had just gotten back from an afternoon at the beach and wanted to take showers before heading out to the parade and dinner. I went to turn on the shower and a sprinkle of water came out. I figured we just didn't know how to work their shower. So Chris went to the lobby while I kept trying. When I turned on the sinks and saw that barely any water came out there as well, I knew there was a bigger problem. That's when Chris came back and said that it was a hotel wide issue and they were in the process of fixing it. It was so cute when Noah said, "maybe Papa can fix it"! Thankfully Papa wasn't needed and it was taken care of within half an hour :)
6 - How tired the sun made Noah
When at home, it is now rare for Noah to nap. But on this vacation, he needed a daily nap! I was shocked that he lasted without a nap the first day, considering we left very early for our flight and went straight to the beach when we arrived. But the next 3 days we were there, a nap was crucial.
7 - The meltdowns Noah had when he was overtired
Speaking of naps being completely necessary... as Noah got overtired, he would just turn into a different kid. Noah is normally the sweetest and kindest kid I know. He's polite and relatively go with the flow. So when he was getting upset over little things, we knew it was because he was overtired. We would let things slide knowing that as soon as he got a nap that he would be back to his pleasant self. One day, I had to carry him out of the restaurant kicking and screaming over a cookie! I had picked up some cookies from the buffet, but Noah wanted the Chips Ahoy cookies I had brought from home, that were back in the room. But us leaving in 5 minutes wasn't enough, he wanted Chris to go back to the room, get the cookies, and bring them back to the restaurant... ahh 3 year olds! I have to say that I have never seen Noah get so upset over something so silly. Thankfully a nap cured all!
8 - Noah being such a "daddy's boy"
Don't get me wrong, Noah loves his daddy and loves playing with him. But when push comes to shove, I'm usually his favorite. But not on this trip! Not only did he prefer to play with him on the beach and in the pool, but he even got upset if daddy wasn't nearby. On one occasion, Chris went to take a walk on the beach. He had invited Noah to come with him, but Noah said no. After Chris was gone for 10-15 minutes, Noah got really upset and wanted to find him. I guess Chris walked further than I expected, because I simply couldn't find him. Noah was in tears by the time he came back and the rest of the day he stuck like glue to Chris. He only wanted to walk with daddy and even took a nap with him (we don't think that has happened since he was an infant)! While I loved the downtime and seeing my two boys together, it definitely was an adjustment.
^^^ 99% of the time he had to sit next to daddy on the golf cart!
9 - Noah peeing on me in the airport
I know, I just told you above that Noah was killing it with the potty training. But on the way home, Noah wasn't feeling good (I think he had a slight fever) and was ridiculously tired (he looked like he was going to fall asleep while walking!). He was back to being all about mommy and wanted me to carry him and hold him all the time. As we were waiting for our flight home, I suddenly felt him pee all over my lap! I was remarkably calm considering and was relieved that Noah would go with Chris to get changed. I of course had a few outfit changes for Noah, but nothing for me. Instead, I had to buy some overpriced Turks & Caicos sweatpants from the airport gift shop so I could change out of my pee soaked jeans! Lesson learned... pack a change of clothes for myself as well as Noah!
10 - How amazing this vacation would be
While I wouldn't call traveling with a 3 year old relaxing, I personally find family vacations a lot of fun! The water and beaches in Turks & Caicos are stunning, the resort was beautiful, and we had a nice mix of fun and relaxation. We spent a lot of time at the beach, drinking smoothies at the swim up bar, and I even had time to read an entire book! We are already talking about going back!
I'm linking up with Karli for 10 on Tuesday!