What's A-Parent is a series highlighting those who get real about the hardships that come with raising kids. These often untold stories help show parents they are not alone in their struggle, and are doing an amazing job.
Vacation season is swiftly approaching, so we thought we'd share this hilariously honest and relatable post about the struggle that is bringing a baby with you on what's supposed to be a fun, relaxing trip.
Last year, dad blogger Matt Coyne, who shares his parenting musings at Man Vs. Baby, took to Facebook to tell his followers what he learned after bringing his then 6-month-old son Charlie on vacation for the first time.
"We had a checklist for what to pack, it had just one item on it:.. 'Everything,' " he wrote. "If your baby will sit quietly during the flight that's great , if they will sleep .. even better. If like Charlie, your little one likes to 'stand' up all the time .. You can look forward to, what feels like a midget river-dancing on your bollocks for the next four hours."
"Even with all precautions there is a threat from the sun. To you. You will burn. You will be so preoccupied with keeping the sun off the baby.. You. will. burn. As I write this my face is a haunting red," Coyne continued. "Sandy beaches are a bad idea. A 6-month-old baby puts everything in reaching distance in their mouth so, in hindsight, sitting them down to play on four acres of powdered glass is a bit dim."
Some other things the new dad realized were that baby passports are a "ripoff," that "when airlines say they have 'baby-changing facilities' what they actually mean is: 'a shelf,'" and it's nearly impossible to get a baby to wear sunglasses and a hat.
Despite all of the challenges he faced, Coyne wants parents who are thinking about taking a vacation with their child to know that it'll all be worth it in the end.
"Finally, what I would say to anyone considering taking their baby on holiday is this: Go," he wrote. "For all its pissy little challenges, to spend time together, away from our newly destroyed home, was incredibly special. I will always remember Charlie's face as he curled his toes in the sand for the first time. His delight at being pushed around a hotel pool on the back of an inflatable crocodile. And, his fascination as we sat on a bench, hand-feeding a sparrow some crisps, overlooking the deep blue of the Mediterranean Sea."
You heard the man. Go.