Saturday, September 14, 2013

Vacations Ruin Things

The coolest kid in the north woods.
This toddler is too cool to be ruined by
vacation, right?
So I've officially reached the one month mark on this vacation. One whole month away from home. Two weeks so far with my parents. Two weeks with my in-laws. And visiting every aunt, uncle, cousin, great grandparent, friend, and former high school classmate I thought I'd never have to see again ever in between. 

Don't get me wrong. I am, surprisingly, not losing my mind up in the north woods. My in laws have amazing toys. I've been using the ATV, the paddleboat, and been fishing a lot. We've been busy. We've had fun. But enough is enough. Vacations ruin perfectly good toddlers. It's time to go home.

Vacations Ruin Potty Training

Since Lizzie was six months or so, I've been practicing a light form of elimination communication. It got to the point where I was able to get her to pee on the potty a couple times a day. That is HUGE for a one year old. Then vacation happened. Cloth diapers were left in South Carolina, along with the potty. And we've been using icky disposables for the past month and I'm worried she's lost all sense of when she is going. Getting her back on potty track is priority #1

Vacations Ruin Sleep Habits

If it had been a week of vacation, maybe we could have managed, but OVER A MONTH with no bed time ritual? I'm screwed. Really, really, screwed.  The only good thing that may come out of this is that this may be a good time to transition from the crib to a bigger style bed. 

Vacations Spoil Toddlers

Staying at grandparents' houses for over a month. Do I need to explain this one?

Thankfully, we will be home by this time next week. I'll be fished out by then. I'll be so sick of driving. And I'll be trying really hard to get Lizzie back on track and de-spoil her. Maybe it's time for chores? ;)

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