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When you have kids, you don’t really have the luxury of coming home from vacation wiped out. Whether you have brought the kid(s) on the trip with you or had someone care for them while you were away, the morning after you land they will probably be ready to rock, while you are quite possibly wiped out.
In my pre-kid days, the day after returning from a Vegas trip would consist of laying on the couch, watching movies, ordering take-out, and possibly throwing in a load of laundry if I was feeling overly ambitious. However, now the day after a Vegas trip (or any other trip for that matter) is just like any other day full of trips to the park, pool, building forts, making meals, going to birthday parties, and throwing in laundry.
We were really careful not to overdo it in Vegas because we knew we were returning to a very energetic three year old who we missed greatly. She doesn’t care if we have a “vacation hangover”, she wants to play! However, as you can see, I just want to sleep. Thankfully she decided to simply build a fort around me for the first part of the morning.
So what to do when you have a vacation hangover and your kid wants to rock and roll? In addition of trying to come home as rested as possible in the first place (which is only marginally possible in Vegas), just drink coffee and power through. The quality is secondary to the quantity of caffeine. This is a situation to call in the big guns, so bottoms up…but in a different way than when on vacation. Tomorrow brings the “coffee hangover”, but gotta take it one battle at a time.
Both the trips and the energetic little ones are worth it, but that doesn’t mean it is always easy!
Have you ever dealt with the dreaded vacation hangover?