Sorry I’ve been gone for so long. We took a trip last week to Edisto Island, South Carolina. My family lives in SC and we’ve done yearly trips to Edisto for a long LONG time. The trip had its ups and downs, but I think Monkey thoroughly enjoyed himself this year. He and his cousins (who are 6 and 8) had a BLAST playing together. It was so sweet to see how much they loved being together. It was also pretty great not to have to entertain Monkey much at all – J and B took care of that and had fun doing it.
Our plane ride(s) to SC were pretty uneventful, so that was nice. Monkey had a meltdown at the airport in Chicago (where we had a short layover), but was really good on the plane. He did not take a nap, which we thought would be a disaster, but it wasn’t. He liked being on the plane and exploring the airport. Still, it’s a long day for a 2.5 year old (hell, it’s a long day for Mama and Mommy, too).
Weirdly, we didn’t spend too much time on the beach this year. We all got sick about mid-way through the trip, so I’m sure that played into it. Monkey would go on the beach and play for about half an hour to an hour and then start heading back to the beach house (“Home. Home. Home.”). To be fair, it was crazy hot and that combined with his cold surely couldn’t have made being on the beach very pleasant. The bad thing about that is that there is really not much else to do on the island, so we did a lot of just hanging around the house.
Some highlights of the trip for Monkey (besides hanging out with his cousins) included riding on the golfcart that my dad rented for the week (big hit with all the kids), participating in the kids’ Fourth of July parade, and being in the water at the beach. My mom brought a life jacket for him so he was able to get out in the water pretty far out with us. He loved it. We also visited the Serpenterium (ew) and Botany Bay, and Mamas even got to go out to eat just the two of us twice. Pretty nice!
Our plane trip home was also pretty uneventful. So grateful. Monkey slept for about 2 hours and then woke up and was kind of cranky because it was late and he was tired. But he recovered pretty quickly and seemed to like the hustle and bustle of air travel.
We got home late Saturday night and had Sunday to sleep and recouperate. I will do a protected picture post soon, so if you need my password, leave me a comment.
When I was sick last week, I was having major doubts about having a second child. I was just imagining doing a trip like this with two little babies and being sick and it just felt totally overwhelming. Then I started thinking about how old I’d be when the second child turned 18 (60, for the record) and wondering if we should really be doing this. Now that I’m feeling better, I’m less negative about it, but I still have reservations. I haven’t mentioned it to DW because I want to see how I’m feeling as we approach our upcoming FET (when my period starts in ~2 weeks), but I wonder how many of you moms out there had these same doubts about expanding your family and how you knew it was the right decision for you.
Lately I have been thinking it might be best to just focus on Monkey and have a nice comfortable life. I can’t quite decide if I’m picking the easy way out and will regret not having that second child, or if I’m being rational and reasonable about what we can handle. Sigh. So, pretty much the same old struggle over here.