It’s amazing what a difference five years and two more kids make.
Five years ago my husband briefly considered going to his fifteen year college reunion, but we decided not to because Lily was a baby.
“We can’t possibly fly with a baby! It would be too hard!”
“What would we do with the baby while we were at events!”
“What would we do about the time difference!”
“We can’t take a baby! It would be way too much work!”
So we skipped the fifteen year reunion on account of Lily.
Flash forward five years to my husband’s 20 year college reunion. TWENTY YEAR college reunion.
It’s five years later and we again have a baby. Violet is now 3 months older than Lily was for when the fifteen year reunion is scheduled, but we essentially have the same situation PLUS two more kids. We decided to leave Lily and Rose with my parents and travel across the country to my husband’s reunion with “just the baby”.
“We’ll only have one baby with us! What a vacation!”
“We’ll just take the baby with us to all the events. What else are we supposed to do? People will deal.”
“Meh, time zones. She’ll just sleep in the stroller.”
Man, five years and two additional kids sure makes flying with one little baby seem like a piece of cake. I mean, it’s still a ton of work to travel with a baby, but at least we aren’t traveling with three kids! It’s weird to think about how hard one little baby was when we had Lily, but everything is harder with your first kid even if they are well-behaved and charming. You just don’t know what you’re doing yet, which makes it overwhelming. I’m glad that babies don’t seem hard anymore, but that doesn’t mean that I’m not still stumbling along trying to figure out 5 year olds.