Sometimes this momma of three gets brave and does things outside of the box. Sort of go with the flow. Trying out new things.
A couple weeks ago I did just that. I went to meet some awesome blogging mamas and I brought E with me.
Part of my craziness? I brought her with me to the event and then we stayed overnight in a hotel. Just the two of us. She was super cute on the huge king sized bed in our room (we only have a queen).
She even got a little practice crawl time in…more like looking at me and making cute noises. She really wasn’t crawling yet.
After checking out our room, we headed down to the gathering and had some yummy food (she was quite fond of the zucchini…I like the spinach dip from TGIFridays).
Maybe this is where I made my first mistake. She got fussy, so I nursed her and wrapped her up in the Ergo and she drifted off to snooze land. Then we headed upstairs where I already had her bed set up. Silly me, I thought I could transfer her from the carrier to the baby bed. No such luck. She woke up and screamed. This is the girl that normally goes to bed with no issues at all. She wasn’t happy. So we nursed again. And I think she went to sleep for a little bit.
Well, long enough for me to watch a little Grey’s in the living room space (yep, it was actually two separate rooms with two separate tvs).
And then she woke up again. I guess she was telling me she just likes her own bed. I get it. I’m the same way. We are little home bodies. But, we’ll keep trying to go out of our element. She looked pretty rough the next morning, but let me snuggle her a bit in my bed. And, even sat for a minute on the floor so I could brush my teeth (and get a picture of her while standing in the bigger bathroom). She sure looked tiny in the huge room!
This is where I was hoping to get some work done and a little relaxing while she slept. That didn’t happen. But it had huge potential. Usually when our family gets a hotel and it’s called a “suite” there is a little half wall and a pull out couch which means when it’s bed time, we all sit in a quiet room and stare at each other. This was a completely different room with a door! The living room actually had it’s own bathroom, too with a huge shower stall. However, the downside of being in a hotel by myself with a fussy girl (of course, in addition to not sleeping)? I wasn’t even able to enjoy the big, nice shower. But a girl can dream and I know I’ll be back.
I think one reason she had a hard time sleeping? The room was pretty hot. When we got there the AC wasn’t on. I set it to like 70 and we went downstairs for our meeting. I was thinking it would cool off enough in the two hours we were gone (I didn’t want to crank it all the way down…I hate being frozen out of a hotel room). But, once again, plan foiled. It was still quite hot in there. I didn’t get the room cooled off until like 3am (one of the many times I was awake). Also, the baby bed? It had a broken bar that I popped back together. It was a pretty old travel bed (and usually I bring my own), but I saw pictures of brand new ones, so I thought it would be good. They did offer to go out and replace it, but it was pretty late and I thought we’d be okay for a night, but I hope it was removed from commission. I know that the baby bed and the AC were unfortunate. I hope that hotels that offer baby beds take a look at what they have to offer and if they are over a year or two old, I’d toss them and replace them, or at the very least check them over and make sure they are in proper working order.
After our early rise, we headed downstairs to the yummy breakfast. They had hot oatmeal, a waffle iron, cereal, burritos, eggs, bacon, yogurt and more. It was all hot (when applicable) and delicious. I even scooped up some of their cookies (that are always out) for the big girls at home. Those were much appreciated.
We’ve stayed in a Country Inn before (on the way to and from Michigan just this summer) and we will again. Maybe next time, I’ll make sure there is another adult with me if I bring a kiddo. Or even better…just another adult (::Mr. Serious::)!
Hosted by Cecily and Lolli
*We were provided the suite for the night. All thoughts are my own.