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I’m currently on a spring break trip with my own family + another miles and points loving family that also has a young kid (so apologies for the light posting the next couple days). We are having a blast making the most of our miles and points, and it is so great having another kiddo for mine to play with (even though there is a little bit of an age difference that will lessen over time), but one thing is very clear…trips with kids means less sleep. The number of young children on the trip directly correlates with a smaller amount of sleep.
When one is done with a nap it is pretty much guaranteed that the other will be ready for theirs, but being quiet for the other sleeping little for a couple of hours isn’t an easy task for a small kid. Murphy’s Law of Little Children also states that if one goes to bed easily and early at night or sleeps in a bit in the morning, it is pretty guaranteed that the other one will be wide awake at that time. Normally that’s not a big deal, but since when on vacation you are often sharing a smaller space than normal it can get comical!
The funniest part so far (other than C literally falling asleep sitting up yesterday) was the mom of the other family we are traveling with trying to be nice and let her husband sleep in this morning, so she took their two year old out to the living room when he woke up to let the husband sleep peacefully a bit longer in the room…. However, my husband had already waived the white flag and retreated out of our room to the couch in the living room to try and escape our coughing and kicking four year old and get a little more rest. Wide awake two year old, meet sleepy dad on the couch.
Family travel means more fun, but less sleep. It’s a law of family physics. It also means more coffee for all the adults in the morning!
I’d love to hear your stories or tips about creative sleep arrangements while on vacation with a bunch of little ones! We’ll randomly choose five stories to receive a Mommy Points t-shirt, but all of you will have a big basket of sympathy and empathy from me!