When in Mexico… The Little Squirt take his boundless energy to his first Mexican birthday party.
Our little baby has suddenly become a toddler. He hit the one year mark, but still very much felt like a baby. Then one day, about a month later, he woke up a toddler both in personality and spirit. He’s starting to walk (but still holding on), speaks in complete gibberish sentences (hey, he knows what he’s saying), and has an opinion about what he wants and where he wants to go (and it has to be now).
Needless to say, this stage makes traveling with a toddler a double-edged sword. On the one hand, it’s so fun to see the world through his expressive little lenses, but there are other times when I’m envious of those parents traveling with babies who are content to sit quietly in their arms. Ha.. been there, done that too (it was awesome!).
We recently returned from a trip to Mexico, visiting los abuelos, with the 14-month-old Little Squirt and learned a thing our two about traveling with a toddler. Here’s the low-down so you can maybe learn something from our experience.
They: Want to explore.
You: Want to savor your michelada (beer with a lemon, chile, salt, touch of Bloody Mary -type mix. It’s sooo good).
On the bright side: As the Little Squirt was toddling through the restaurant holding my finger for support, we struck up lots of conversations with strangers. Without him, we would have missed out on some great interactions. Besides, Little Squirt put smiles on lots of faces as he proudly held court in the restaurant – he smiled, flirted, and walked proudly (like hey, look at me, I can walk now!). Almost everyone enjoyed interacting with our 18 pounds of personality.
They: Don’t want to sit still on the airplane.
You: Would like to enjoy the inflight movie (hello, it’s Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio on the small screen).
On the bright side: You have a great excuse to move about the cabin and stretch your legs. We walked up and down the aisles. Over and over and over again. People smiled and thought it was cute. I even got a few “I feel you… been there, done that” looks. Nobody looked like they wanted to throw us in the looney bin.
They: Can’t help but play with danger wherever you are staying.
You: Can’t take your eye of them for a minute. So much for a relaxing trip.
On the bright side: It’s a change of scenery and you are traveling! It’s one of those things you just have to approach knowing full well no place outside your home is child proof. In fact, I still have to keep an eye on him at all times even when we’re home. That’s life with a Toddler. This stage will be over soon. Right?
Shhh… Little Squirt is sleeping. Carne Asada in Mexico, courtesy of the in-laws. Grilled veggies for my vegetarian mouth!
They: Have already fallen asleep for the night.
You: Haven’t had dinner.
On the bright side: That’s why food delivery, take-out, and picnics exist. Or, if you’re with the in-laws, they fire up the grill. Enjoy the evening of solitude away from home!
What are your experiences traveling with a toddler?