Camping? With a Baby?

A week ago we went on our first camping trip since Blue was born.

It’s so different going with a baby than just as a couple. There was SO much more to pack…a portable high chair, a pack-n-play, baby safe foods, diapers, wipes, toys, etc. As we were packing our SUV, HandyMan kept muttering to himself, “There’s NO WAY we could have done this with the Sunfire.”

The Sunfire was my pre-HandyMan, pre-baby purchase, I kinda miss it.

Thankfully, we didn’t take on the challenge of camping with a baby by ourselves. We went with my parents, my siblings, their significant others and my sister’s kids. Jeff, Cathy, Megan, Kyle, Luke, Eliana, Liam, Eisley, Kyle and Mackenzie (my brother Ryan and his fiance, Kalli, visited one day). That’s a lot of people. Granted four of them are children, but there were still a lot of people to help watch Blue and entertain him!

Blue seemed to really enjoy his camping trip. There were lots of new things to try to eat; bugs, sticks and dirt, as well as actual foods such as blackberries and pancakes.

However, it wasn’t all fun and games. Blue decided that there was too much excitement going on for him to sleep. I also think he just, in general, struggles to sleep well in places that are not his bed. SO, we had a weekend with a baby who didn’t nap well and struggled to go to sleep at night. Thankfully, we only had one night where he was up a lot. The other nights he slept well once he got to sleep, it was just a struggle getting him there.

This was how I got him to sleep one night. We went on a walk and he fell asleep in the stroller. Whatever works, right!

All in all, it was a fun, relaxing weekend. We went to Shakamak State Park, which is about a 1/2 hour south of Terre Haute, Indiana. It was really quiet with minimal traffic, a pool and lots of shade. We will definitely go back…some day :)

And, just because she’s so darn cute, here’s a picture of my niece, Eliana, after playing in water one evening.

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