Kinda lame to start a series of vacation posts with one about sleep, but rest patterns can totally make or break a family vacation, wouldn't you agree? As soon as your first child gets some sort of regular nap and bedtime routine, life revolves around rest time. "Let's leave after lunch so the kids will nap in the car." "If we wait until after 7:00 to head home, the kids will fall asleep on the drive and we can just transfer them to their beds." That sort of thing. Good sleep for all is a must. And it can be tricky getting the toddler/preschool set to rest someplace new.
The Zobas graciously hosted us for two nights of our mini vacation to the North Shore. Staying with friends is the best because the parents can hang out while the littles are asleep. The boys used the Zobas' sleeping bags as tiny floor beds and loved it. Bob: "This bed is sooooo soft and comfy!" I guess you don't need much padding when you're four and weigh thirty pounds.
Christina read the pups a book while I nursed Maisy to sleep; then I lay on the floor with them and told a purple crayon story and they conked right out. Wooden loves to snuggle Pupper when he gets the chance and spent most of the night in the crack between their beds. So-- Owen's first time traveling without the pack n play was a success. (Guess it's almost time to switch him to a bed at home!)
Sweetly sleeping children definitely deserve a post all their own, so here we go...
Owen asleep on his floor bed after a successful transfer from the car.