Family vacation is not normally in my vocabulary. Let’s be honest, just the mention of it makes me anxious. The thought of bringing Kyle somewhere he isn’t familiar with and throwing in activities that are out of his routine make me cringe! But every year my kids ask if we are going to take a vacation. 😰 And every year I tell them, no…except this year!
I got brave and decided to just go for it! We didn’t go anywhere elaborate and didn’t stay for more than a couple of days. BUT I’m happy to report that We did it! We took our first ever family vacation WITH Kyle. And WITHOUT Erika! 😂 And we survived!
He did so awesome (as long as we were inside the house)Much better than I expected! He had his iPad and movies so he was happy! Bedtime and bath time were rough the first night but I kept telling myself it was ok. And guess what? It was ok. After a few times trying to get him to lay in bed, I said forget it and let him stay up! After an hour or so he came to me and asked to go to bed!
The next day I made a rookie mistake 🤦🏻♀️ and let him get out of the car when the kids got out to look at “inspirational point” (wasn’t too inspirational to us) and he couldn’t handle it. I’m not sure what made him upset but it progressively got worse and it turned into a major meltdown but once we got him back into the car he calmed down fairly quickly. It put a damper on the mood but we recovered and decided a vacation with Kyle means we stay at the house the whole time with an occasional drive (and he doesn’t get out)! I see a lot of monopoly games in our family vacation future! 🤷🏻♀️
Having Kyle on a vacation isn’t easy and adds more stress but in the end I’m so glad we did it. Even with the couple of small meltdowns and one big one, Id do it again. We made memories that we will talk about around the kitchen table years from now. Sometimes I think life would be so much easier if Kyle was “normal” (and it no doubt would be) but then I think about how dull life would be without him!
Here’s to family vacations being part of my vocabulary now!!!🥂