Family Vacation

Merriam-Webster defines vacation as:

  1. a respite or a time of respite from something
  2. a: a scheduled period during which activity is suspended b: a period of exemption from work granted to an employee
  3. a period spent away from home or business in travel or recreation

I recently went on a family vacation to a lovely lake house in New Hampshire. It was perfect. The pefect house; perfect weather; great food; good friends. Perfect. It wasn’t until I arrived home that I realized what was missing: the VACATION.

As a full-time mom, my job is pretty much being a slave to my eight month old little boy. He’s hungry; I feed him. He’s tired; I rock him to sleep. He poops; I wipe his hiney. Over my week long vacation, I prepared 22 baby meals. Since I’m making my own baby food – this requires more than popping open a jar of Gerber. I put the baby down for 15 naps (my husband would have helped but unfortunately his nipples run dry). And changed 35 diapers (I’ll give my husband 15 or so). And this isn’t including the 8 (normally 5) hour drive with an eight month old – not exactly the same as say a 90 minute massage. So, my “vacation” wasn’t really a respite, at all.

Is there really such a thing as a family vacation? Or is it a misnomer? Maybe it should just be called a brief change of location.

**Don’t get me wrong. I had a wonderful time. It’s just amazing how different things are when you have a 20 pound ball of love and energy.



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5 responses to “Family Vacation

  1. Hi – as a mother of 2 girls (now 8 and 11) I can tell you it does get to be more of a vacation as they get older. While he’s little, though, it will still be work – there’s that whole eating/pooping/sleeping thing that doesn’t seem to go away :-).

    What helps is if you don’t have to do other things such as preparing family meals or cleaning up after the rest of the family. We liked resort vacations vs. beach house for that reason.

    Enjoy this time with your little guy – it’s precious and goes by so fast!

  2. I think you have to plan Grown-up vacations as well. I remember when I was a kid my parents made a point of going away for a weekend for their anniversary every year, even if they could only swing a really simple trip. Time without children. Once darling Jackalope is, um, nutritionally independent of you it will be more feasible, obviously.

  3. BTW I found that diaper. Last week.

  4. there is no such thing as getting your groove thang on while on a family vacation, that’s for sure.

  5. Definitely a misnomer.

    We’ve got three. The ONLY vacation in the proper sense of the word is the one you get when you leave the kids with family and are alone.

    Even then your mind (mostly thinking of/worrying about the kids) may not get a respite.

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