Friday, August 24, 2012

Hip + Urban Mom: A Cottage Vacation

This summer, I was in desperate need of a vacation. I had been back at work for a year after my maternity leave ended and suffered from every cold that my son managed to bring home over the winter.  

My family decided to rent a cottage together, which was an ordeal in itself trying to pick one that everyone could decide on. We ended up choosing a cottage near Parry Sound, packed up three cars and made the trip.  

This was a bit more of a unique situation for us because we had our almost 2 year old son in the car with us. We decided to make sure juice and snacks were handy and that there were a few toys around too. My advice here is, don’t let your toddler drink the entire bottle half an hour into the trip because diapers can only hold so much liquid.

After getting to the cottage we unpacked and got settled. On our first night we realized that our son was getting very hot overnight so we stole a fan from my sister’s room and set it up for our son. We also realized that sleeping attire at home in the air conditioning doesn’t mean the same thing as it does in a hot cottage. So our son slept in little onesies that look like shorts and a t-shirt.

My sister helped us find a floaty bathing suit for our son too. This is the kind that covers a bunch of the body and has floatation devices sewn into it. It is much more comfortable than a life jacket and the amount of skin it covers means we have to worry less about sunburns. But of course ,in the water he insisted on sitting in a blow up bumble bee so he managed to be the most floatiest floaty kid ever.

Like most kids his age, he stayed by the water’s edge and scooped and poured water all day long. Thankfully this cottage had stairs too big for him to use on his own so we didn’t have to worry about him trying to take off to the water without us.

We made sure to bring along a bottle of bubbles and our son's little golf set, that yes, some of the adults ended up using too. I’ve found that kids love toys that they can drag around so the golf bag was perfect. For inside activities - we brought his favourite books, some toy cars and his larger-sized Lego called Duplo.

To mix things up a bit we also took a couple of trips into Parry Sound and other small towns so that our son wouldn’t feel cooped up in one location for too long.

One of the best parts of this vacation was that my mother, father, sister and brother-in-law were all there. We were able to enjoy a little quiet time because we had more hands to help with our son. This way our son got a vacation from us and we got a vacation from him, but we never had to miss him because he was always there. --- Lisa Wlodarski


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