A bunch of old college friends decided they wanted to ring in their 30’s with a big trip, so we ultimately decided on Cancun, Mexico! We got a great deal on an all-inclusive resort via LivingSocial – that meant we didn’t have to pay for ANY of the food or drinks we consumed. We definitely took advantage of that, ate at all the upscale restaurants, and ordered room service every day!
Anyway, let’s start at the beginning.
For weeks leading up to the trip, Sam and I were TORN about whether or not we wanted to bring Noelle. None of our friends have kids so this wasn’t exactly going to be the most family friendly trip. Bringing Jaren was a given because he is still so little, and I am still breastfeeding him. We knew it would be a lot easier to take just one of our two kids, but the thought of leaving her behind tore me apart. It would’ve been an easier decision if we were to LEAVE BOTH or TAKE BOTH.
I hated the idea of bringing one and not the other. The upside of leaving Noelle would’ve been more relaxation and freedom for us since Jaren is so portable and low-maintenance at his age. A toddler… not so much. And we would’ve had significantly less luggage. If we did leave her, she would also be with my in-laws, who she loves! Plus we couldn’t help but wonder, would she really even remember or care if she stayed behind? Who remembers things from when they’re 2 years old?
However, it killed me to think that there would be no pictures of her from the trip. I also couldn’t help but think that even if she doesn’t remember this time in her life, what if she subconsciously retains some sense that her parents and her baby brother left her all alone while they went away. Our subconscious is such a tricky thing! I also knew that I would miss her like crazy in a span of 5 days. We’ve never been away from her for that long, and she is so much more aware of things now! In the end, we both decided we wanted to take her. We wanted her to experience a new culture, we wanted to break out of our comfort zone and not be afraid of traveling with two kids, and we wanted our friends to get to know her. It takes a long time for my introverted daughter to warm up to people so we were hoping 5 days would be enough!
Day 1 – Travel Day
Our flight was set to leave LAX around 7 am, so that meant we had to get to the airport at least two hours before! Mike and Arnold were sleeping over, so they were already ready to go. We woke the kids up at 3 am and left the house by 3:45 am. Noelle was getting excited at the prospect of riding an airplane. We parked, and rode a shuttle to the airport, where we waited FOREVER in the AeroMexico baggage check line. This was a day of a lot of waiting, and Noelle was whiny, fussy, and impatient. I was also struggling to find places to nurse Jaren – in bathroom stalls, in a corner by a trashcan, on concrete floors, you name it I attempted it. It didn’t help that we left my Boppy in the car and forgot to take it with us!! 😦
Our first flight was 5 hours long, then we had a 1.5 hour layover in Mexico City, where we had to go through MORE security, MORE baggage checks, go through customs, and even had to pick up our own luggage and bring it over to our connecting flight. It was incredibly inefficient and time consuming all-around.
Once we got through that we were happy to FINALLY sit on our next plane that would take us to our final destination! BUT WAIT. After we were all situated and ready to go, an announcement came on that said they were having issues with the plane. We ended up waiting on a hot, humid plane without A/C for 1.5 hours. Claustrophobics beware. This plane ride was only supposed to be 2 hours – we would’ve almost BEEN there by now. Shoot me now. Thank goodness the kids were surprisingly well behaved.
Anyway, the plane finally takes off and we make it to Cancun! We were meeting Dave and Grace since our arrival times were about the same time, but with the delay and no cell phones who knew if that was even happening! Luckily we found them quickly! Now we had to figure out how to get to our resort. It took another hour before we were able to get on a shuttle that would take us to our resort. Jaren was getting hungry, and there was no good place to nurse him… so I ended up nursing him in the shuttle! Totally would’ve been illegal in America. Sometimes it’s nice to be in a country that doesn’t monitor your every move. It was already getting pretty late in the day, around 6 pm Cancun time, and Noelle hadn’t slept for more than an hour since we first woke up at 3 am!!
Day 1 was off to a rocky start, but the rest of our trip made up for it!
… to be continued (with better pictures I intend to steal from my friends!).