So, in October, Chad and I took off for a few days (solo!) in Mexico, leaving Bear with three grandparents to take care of him. I was so nervous before the trip — I almost canceled it completely a week before we left, because I couldn’t handle the thought of leaving our baby, even for a few days — but it ended up being such a wonderful experience.
As Bear approaches the one-year mark, a lot has changed. Our life feels and looks completely different from the way it was before he arrived, but at this point… we’ve adjusted. We’re used to the 6 a.m. wake-ups and never leaving the house without an extra onesie and a bottle. Sure, there are Saturday mornings when I’d cut off my left arm to be able to sleep till noon, but for the most part, at this point, we’re pretty much in the driver’s seat.
And then, a few weeks ago, I came up with the idea: right after Bear’s first birthday party, when the grandparents will all be in town… maybe we could take another trip.
I floated the idea to Chad, who thought it was a great one, and my mom said she could clear her schedule to stay a few extra days.
So, now, the question is: where do we go?
In October, we went to Punta Mita, which is a resort town in Mexico right outside of Puerto Vallarta. It was 1) easy to get to, a 2.5 hour plane ride, which is key, and 2) absolutely gorgeous, as you can see from the video above. I’ve thought about other destinations, but I don’t want to spend whole days traveling for a quick trip. I’d like somewhere luxe but I also love to get a good deal, so I’m debating just going back to a place we’ve liked before.
But I would love any recommendations! Particularly places that are warm, beachy, and easy to get to from Texas! Anybody have any gems that might be off my radar?
In case you missed it last week on Instagram, Chad and I took a much-needed vacation in paradise for a few days.
A few months ago, when I was waking up with Bear four or five times every night, Chad said to me: “This fall, let’s plan a trip to Mexico.”
And ever since then, all I could think was: Ok, at some point, months from now, I will get four uninterrupted nights of sleep.
Forget the beach. Forget the tan. Forget the lavish dinners and desserts.
You know what was the best part?
It was glorious.
And I took advantage of every second: I was so lazy on this trip, I didn’t even read a book. We watched the waves and ate everything in sight and went to sleep at literally nine p.m. on the dot every night.
And it was one of the best vacations I’ve ever had.
It’s been six months since baby Bear was born, and it was so hard to leave him. Truthfully, about a week before we were scheduled to leave, I almost called the whole thing off — I worried that it would be too hard for my mom to take care of him, that he’d be miserable, or that I’d miss some formative moment while we were gone.
And, you know what? None of that happened. Sure, he was a lot of work, but he also has four wonderful grandparents who did an amazing job with him (we’re very lucky for that, I know). He wasn’t miserable — in fact, my mom sent me photos and videos of him laughing almost every day. I video-chatted with him so I could see his little face. We’re home now and settling back into our routine, with a hiccup here and there… but mostly just fine.
And mom is a little tan, a little rested, and a little better at weathering some of the many challenges the next six months will bring.
A few months ago, I went to Miami for a bachelorette party. At just over 3 months pregnant, I wasn’t the most fun or crazy member of the party (in fact, not surprisingly, I was exactly the least fun and crazy member of the group), but I’m reminded every time I visit that city how awesomely beautiful it is.
Chad and I thought long and hard about almost every major city in the United States when we left New York. (Truthfully, we thought quite hard about Paris and London as well, but unfortunately, they have their own legal systems and licensing, so we wouldn’t have been able to practice law… pretty much a dealbreaker). But one of my favorite things about being open to everywhere was thinking about all of the unique and wonderful aspects of each city — the glamour of Los Angeles, the natural beauty of Portland or Seattle, the excitement and energy of Miami.
We settled on Houston (the ease of life in Houston was hard to pass up, as well as being so close to Chad’s family) and have been incredibly happy here, but I still love imagining how our lives would have gone if we’d picked a different path and ended up somewhere else.
So here’s to my imaginary life in Miami: all parties and beaches and palm trees.