I’m exhausted. A water park trip spanning five days and four nights was too long with a now four and two year-old. We actually ended up coming home a day early, Thursday evening instead of Friday afternoon.
As stressful as traveling with toddlers is for me, and for Eric, I think it’s good we went. The smiles on the girls’ faces each time they came down the water slides, shouting ‘go again’ were priceless. Nora really came out of her shell, enjoying the water a lot more than I anticipated. Nadia had fun as well, but was scared in certain instances, as I expected. Nora especially liked wearing floats so we could take her into deeper water and let her try paddling around on her ‘own’ a bit. Her own, haha, that’s exactly why Eric and I were exhausted, as there was never a moment we weren’t right next to them, keeping them from dying. Even in the four-inch kiddie pool!
We stayed in a two-bedroom condo at the Great Wolf Lodge, which was really perfect for the girls. If you ask Eric, we needed the three-bedroom. Nadia didn’t sleep well. But hell, she doesn’t sleep well at home either. That topic deserves another post all its own. Thankfully Nora is a pretty good sleeper, even on vacation.
Most of the indoor water areas were great for littles. I didn’t really think it was that packed, although I guess I have no idea what it’s like other weeks. We never waited on a slide and had plenty of room around us in the pools for the most part. We did see the family across the hall from us several times in the water areas. They have three children, including twin little girls younger than Nadia and therefore seemed to very much understand our struggle between smiling through the stress for the sake of the kids’ smiles, and just wanting to scream with frustration when your toddler asks to go to the bathroom for the sixth time in 15 minutes. I ended up friending the woman on Facebook, I’m anxious to see how the rest of their trip went.
Before arriving at the water park I had this idea in my head… of spending each of the five days, the entire days, in the water with the girls. That expectation was not realized… Not sure if I should be thankful for that, or disappointed. I would say at the most each day we made it three hours, probably closer to two in the water. After two hours the girls were tired, and Eric and I were sick of constantly catching them out of the slides and hoisting them back up the ladders to ‘go again’. We ate a huge breakfast each morning that I had prepaid for before getting into the water, so after only two hours, we weren’t starving, but the girls definitely had room for Dippin’ Dots Ice Cream, strawberry to be exact. Our first day we started later in the day with travel time, so just bed was in order after dinner, but Tuesday and Wednesday we showered in the afternoon, found some shopping and then ate out each evening before heading back to our condo for bed, rather late each evening. Tuesday Eric picked a fancy steakhouse. I was so embarrassed to take the girls. No kids menu, the place was full of professional looking, dressed up adults. Ugh. Thankfully the girls have been out to eat enough that they were fairly well-behaved despite the quiet, fancy atmosphere.
I didn’t end up taking many pictures, probably because all good photo opportunities took place in water. And lets face it, my iPhone is worth way too much to me and Sprint (whom I rent it through) to risk dropping it in the lazy river or any pool, for that matter. I did get a few each day though. The smiles on the girls faces tell me the vacation was everything to them, and I’m already excited to plan another trip. Hopefully traveling becomes less stressful for Eric and me as the girls get older 🙂