Wednesday, August 06, 2008

On Vacation

I've been looking forward to this week for quite sometime. We are all in Lake Arrowhead at our friend, JR's father's lake house. We left at 8:30pm on Monday night for the drive down here. It took us exactly 7 hours; we parked the car at 3:30am. I thought that this drive would be better for all of us, but admittedly, I was wrong!

S is in a very talkative stage. She is very inquisitive and repeats much of what we say. I thought that it would be much nicer to drive at night while both girls slept. That worked out great for CC, but ES, that little girl is another story! She didn't fall asleep until about 10:30, and then woke again when we stopped at midnight. She woke again about 2:30 and was awake until after 4am. And to top it all off, she was up at 6:00am ready to start the day.

Last night was so miserable trying to get her to sleep. She was out of control. Both L and I lost our patience, she was relentless. It was incredibly difficult to deal with her and finally after what seemed like hours (but was probably only one hour), we got her to sleep.

Why is it that I get anxious every time it's time for my girls to go to sleep? Doesn't matter if it's a nap or bedtime, I don't want to do it. I anticipate a fight and am more surprised when they go down easily. What are we doing wrong?

I know that it's different because we are out of our element, but I'm so tired! I think I may need a vacation from our vacation.

1 comment:

Natalie said...

Matt and I are so with you. I posted, recently, about our trials w/an exhaustion breakdown Liv had the other day. Sometimes I think that kids under the age of five just can't handle vacation well. We're still fighting the sleep issue b/c the girls are sharing a room at grandma's and she has no blackout shades. They've slept in pitch black since infancy. They are not adjusting to not having darkness. They are up at the crack of dawn and play at night until dark. They are missing out on at least three hours of their normal sleep daily. I wish I had advice. We go through this every time. Matt and I fight, the girls are a wreck and we ALWAYS come home sick (or w/in a day or two of coming home). But, we do this over and over again and never regret it, looking back. We only wish we found the secret to a happy, restful vacation w/kids...if anyone knows it, let us know!