This is an entry I wrote a few weeks ago, but am just getting around to posting…
We have found ourselves in Glenwood Springs, Colorado for a couple days while Rob is doing some work here. It’s a quaint place somewhat like Park City. I decided to be brave and join him with the kids. My reasons were 1) I could use a change of scenery after spending all day, every day in the same place doing the same things; and 2) Rob’s work was footing the bill, so this is as good a time as any to see if we can all make it in one hotel room together.
Weelllll, let’s just say it’s a good thing we didn’t pay for this trip. The town was nice enough, but not very stroller friendly. Most of the areas we wanted to go were uphill from the hotel and besides pushing the stroller, I had Madeleine in the bjorn carrier. Plus, all the stores and cafe’s (no kid-friendly fast-food joints) had stairs and unautomated doors.
Besides not having too many places to go or see, none of us slept very well. Since we were all in one room, trying to get the kids to bed at their normal time was not an option, since that’s at 7:30pm. It took Nathan until 10:30 or 11:00 to fall asleep, after an average of an hour and a half of trying. As soon as he’d start drifting off, Madeleine would start crying. As soon as Madeleine would start drifting off, Nate would start yelling. It was a vicious cycle. So in order to keep her quiet, I had her in bed with me, which means I didn’t sleep well at all. Of course, naps were nonexistent also. Ugh.
When we finally left for home 3 days later, it was late in the day. We hoped this would be a good option so that both kids would sleep the whole time. I won’t get into details, but it was a stressful drive. Nate would scream every 30 seconds after falling asleep because his head kept flopping around as we were driving around the curves. Finally, after over an hour of this, I hopped in the back seat, held Nate’s head up with one hand, and fed Madeleine her bottle with my other hand. Fun. We finally arrived home at 1:30am.
Needless to say, we won’t be trying an over-nighter sharing a hotel room anytime soon.