Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Spring Break 2013: CRUISING WITH A LITTLE ONE

I meant to post earlier in the day, but it was one of those work-through-lunch kinda days (though it was a fantastic day -- one where the students wanted to know even more about the topic we discussed in class).


Anyhoo, like I said yesterday, I initially thought that cruising with a little one could be really good or really bad.

For obvious reasons.  I thought about everything from messed up nap schedules to the really scary things that I won't mention. *shudders*

On a scale of really bad to really good, the trip was definitely on the good side. M had fun and has been telling anyone who listens that she went on a cruise.



^^ She enjoyed the hot tub. ^^


^^ And met a couple of friends. ^^



^^ The few minutes during the day that we were in the cabins, she played with her stuffed Simba and  Nala that she brought along with her. She even used the end tables in the cabins as their homes. ^^

Once we set sail and the party started, they played songs like the Wobble, ChaCha Slide, Gangnam Style, and Cupid Shuffle. M recognized a few of the songs from football tailgates, so she started dancing. 


^^ W/ her Honey and TeeTee. ^^

Poor thing -- I hope M doesn't gonna gets her moves from her daddy or me. I cheered for seven years and performed countless advanced technical dances, but I'm kinda boring when it comes to regular, relaxed dancing.  I dance a lot actually, but mostly at home where I'm comfortable with my moves - ha! And her daddy?  He just can't.

We went to a straw market on the island where M chose a little Princess Tiana bag.  


^^ The sweet little lady who weaved her name on the bag. ^^

I don't have any pics of what M  probably enjoyed the most on the trip - Camp Carnival.  There she played games, did crafts, played with toys, and met new friends.

I admit, I initially wasn't thrilled with her doing the Camp Carnival thing...I felt like we should all be together on the vacation.  But there's only so much fun she can have with us adults.  She wanted to play with other kids and do awesome kid stuff - all of which Camp Carnival did. We felt she was safe there (the security was great), so we let her go a few hours a day.  And she LOVED it.

Now...that was all the GOOD about the trip.  Was there any drama??

Why yes. Yes, there was.

Usually when my child is in an unfamiliar place (even if she loves it), misses naps, and eats way (way, way) too much sugar, it comes with a little bit of drama. 

                     

And this time was no exception.

And not only that, but when we get around grandparents (DK's parents or mine), the "NOs" and "DO NOTs" that come from her us (her parents) don't weigh as much as they do at home. In fact, at times she sometimes ignores them or whines (ugh). And I think it's getting worse as she gets older.  (Gotta crack down on that or we're gonna have problems.)

Anyhoo, we didn't make naps a priority on the trip, but by the third day, she was pooped.  

                         

She fell asleep on my sister-in-law in this very position. Mind you we were lounging on the main deck, right by the pool, where most people on the ship were playing, partying, etc.  It was loud, yet my baby took her a good nap right there. POOPED, I tell ya.

Of course she woke up a new kid.

With the exception of the little drama-filled moments (and really, there were only a few), she had a wonderful time.

Her favorite souvenir from the trip was a cute little ship set her PaPa bought her: 


She hasn't put this ship down yet, and can't wait for Show-and-Tell on Friday so she can show her friends and teachers. 

Overall, cruising with the little one was surprisingly easy.  The boarding and disembarkation process was extremely smooth, so we never had to wait in long, hot lines to do what we needed to do.  I really appreciated that because those were really the only things I dreaded.

It was a great trip for my sweet girl, and I'm so glad she was able to experience it.

Tomorrow I'll post the remaining pics and tell how the trip was for us overall.  See ya there!

Love, 
G

PS - Special thanks to my Aunt E for braiding M's  hair!  It was a lifesaver on this trip! Plus she loves when she can shake her beads! :-)

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