Well we officially just took our first family vacation to Arizona! Both Adam and I have always loved traveling and have wanted to make it a part of our kids lives too. He was starting his fellowship in Integrative Medicine which is mostly online, but requires a couple of week-long trips out to Tucson, Arizona to learn from the teachers there. Tucson just happens to be where my grandparents live for half of the year so they generously offered for us to stay with them while Adam was in school! We extended our trip for a few days since we were already heading out there and got to do lots of hiking and sightseeing together before Adam's program started.
Let me just start by saying that I was SO incredibly nervous to travel with a little one for the first time. I have had my fair share of difficult travel experiences since it was all I wanted to do in my 20's and crammed in as much as I possibly could, but never did I imagine what it would be like to travel with kids. I think this was a great trip to start out with but it sure didn't take away my nerves. I am the type of person who gets super nervous about all sorts of things before they happen, even if I don't show it. I have also always hated change but I am proud to say that I challenged myself constantly in life anyway, and was always looking for my next adventure even if it terrified me! But this time, I was so scared I even thought about staying back while Adam went on his own. Thankfully I didn't, and once I got all prepared and ready to go I felt much more at ease. I had a good friend calm my worries once she told me about all of her travel experiences with her little one and helped me out by sharing a few tips.
I was so surprised with how well Ollie did on the plane. I just kept remembering my first plane ride when I was a young teenager and how badly my ears hurt, and my mother-in-law always telling me about how terrible of a plane ride Adam had on his first flight (he had a double ear infection!!). I just kept picturing us being the people blushing and freaking out on the plane trying to calm their screaming baby but he did totally fine. Even with a layover each time (next time we travel we need to book way earlier and get a direct flight though), he slept through part of the flight and then just played on our laps for the rest of the time. He definitely did get antsy and of course on our very last flight he kept pooping at all the wrong times like when you can't get out of your seat, but it was all so manageable compared to what was rolling around in my head about what could happen!
Once getting to Arizona, we rented a car and drove to Sedona since Adam and I have heard so many wonderful things about it and wanted to see it there. Everything we have heard was true, and it was absolutely stunning. We went on a few hikes, stayed in our first Air B&B, and ate lots of good food. On our second day there, it started to snow during one of our hikes! It was beautiful but pretty cold and we didn't really come prepared for the weather, so we headed south to my grandparents house in Tucson a day early.
It was so nice to get there and see some family after all of our travels. We spent the next couple of days hiking around and exploring before Adam started school. For the week, Ollie and I hung out with my grandparents, ate all of their delicious home-cooked food, went on some hikes, and went swimming in their community pool. We loved every minute!
Towards the end of the trip, my aunt and uncle from California even came to Arizona to visit to we got to spend a couple days with them! Then at the end, on our way out of town we all met my aunt in Phoenix for dinner at True Food Kitchen, and it was amazing to see everyone altogether and have a delicious dinner!
Ollie did really well flying home despite having to wake up in the middle of the night to leave and not getting much sleep that day. At this point I would say that the hardest part of traveling with babies is the adjustment period they need once they get to your destination and then home again. If I ever figure out how to tackle that one I will let you guys know. ;) All in all, it was a great trip with some good time spent with family, and I couldn't be more proud of my husband for pursuing what he loves and starting his fellowship. I am glad to get our first trip out of the way and my nerves calmed down a bit, and I can't wait to take many more!!