Ben, Bryn, and I are spending this week vacationing in Michigan and visiting various family members. We spent an afternoon with Ben's parents on the way up here from Indianapolis, then spent the night at his grandmother's house. We visited his grandpa the next morning, then proceeded to the tiny town of Onekama for vacation at Portage Point Inn with my dad, stepmom Diane, sister Kristin, and stepsister Lindsay.
Now, I was initially very excited about vacation. I've been looking forward to the change in routine for months. I have been anxious for the chance to spend a whole week with Ben, as well as for Ben to have the chance to hang out with Bryn. But I have learned that vacation with a 20-month-old is not very, well, vacation-y. The other women in my moms' group at church had actually indicated this ahead of time, saying things like, "Vacation with children is just like working from another office" and "You still have to do all the stuff you do at home, just without the convienience of having all the baby's toys, snacks, etc."
This has proved to be quite true. I think the largest problem has been that we brought Bryn's toddler bed for her to sleep in. However, she still sleeps in the crib at home, and it seems that she does NOT like the change. Sleep has been few and far between since arriving. Last night, for example, she finally fell asleep around 10:00, then was up crying from 11:30 to 12:30 and then again from 1:30 to 4:30. Since she, Ben, and I are all sharing one room, none of us got much sleep. This leads to the second problem: her absolute exhaustion and disruption of her normal routine has resulted in three days of incessant screaming. No exaggeration, she has had more tantrums today alone than in the last two months combined. Last night she was thrashing around so much in her anger that she headbutted me in the nose, resulting in severe soreness and headache. The constant screaming has led to various other problems, such as not eating, not to mention the fact that her loving grandparents and aunts are now wondering aloud if there is a chance that she might actually be demon spawn. You'd think this would offend me, but I would not have been surprised in the slightest if her head had started spinning in circles during her three-hour middle-of-the-night tantrum last night, indicating demon possession. Quite seriously, it's like we left our sweet little girl in Indianapolis and somehow accidentally brought along some evil-tempered lookalike.
To sum up, vacation has not been terribly relaxing so far. It has been wonderful to catch up with so many relatives and to get away from home for a bit, but we're definitely hoping for a change of baby behavior over the next few days!