We went on our first family vacation together to the Canary Islands…sun, pool, beach, and a 4.5 hour flight. Like any new parents, we were nervous as hell about your first flight. Are you a screamer? Can you handle your ears popping? Are we going to be the parents everyone on board will hate? Well the answers are no / no / yes. You largely kept to your usual self with a couple rounds of naps, some boob time, and shoving a toy necklace into your mouth. Your mother rated your flight performance as 8/10, and I agree. Cue the collective loud phew.
There was only one close call on the way to Gran Canaria and it was in the taxi from the airport to the resort. We requested a baby car seat from the taxi company and that they provided. But to call it a “car seat” is a stretch…it was more like a booster chair with some useless straps; you would’ve been safer in your mother’s arms.
Once we arrived at the Radisson Blu Resort Gran Canaria, we all went into full chill-out mode. Between buffet breakfasts and dinners, we’d be rockin’ our swimwear all day next to the pool…
or walkin’ around the promenade…
and we made one short trip to the beach. We know you like swimming, but you did not seem to take a liking to the sand and ocean (I’m sure the surprise rush of salt water didn’t help the cause).
You almost got relegated to sleeping on the floor next to our bed, but after some debate, your mother felt like it was treating you too much like a dog never mind the fact we may have potentially stepped on you in the middle of the night on our way to the bathroom. So your mom ended up drawing the short straw and got sandwiched between my bad breath on one side and your active sprawling limbs on the other. You’d punch her in the face in the middle of the night and then cry because her face got in your way. Hilarious.
All in all, your mother and I had a great time because it was the first time we were literally able to just do things together. For example, we didn’t have to worry about cooking and could just eat at the same time. I suppose it’s a newfound appreciation now that we’re parents; there’s a big premium to just enjoy our time together, and vacation lets you do that. You also seemed like you had a good time as well, but you are definitely not a sun baby.