Waking Up (with a Toddler) in Vegas

I’ve been meaning to blog about our recent Vegas trip. It’s a milestone trip in many ways. My Mom–Miguel’s Gramma–turned 55; it must have been my fourth or fifth ever visit to Vegas (it never gets tiring); and it’s a significant trip for Miggz.

Our little man has been VERY busy traveling it up, with Nevada being his 10th visited state. Not bad for being only almost 15-months old. I’ve lost track of the places we’ve taken Miggz to. If it weren’t for our archived photos, I probably would not be able to figure this out. Let me see, there was New Jersey (the state where he was born, of course), Connecticut (visiting family at almost six months old), New York (Museum of Natural History, NYC – six months old, and the annual Auto Show at eight months old), New Hampshire (snowboarding trip in Vermont – seven months old), Illinois (Jacob family reunion in Chicago – nine months old), Florida (mini vacation in Sarasota and Orlando – 10 months old), Michigan (Mendinueto family reunion – 11 months old), Arizona (our family’s big cross-country move – right before he turned one), California (San Diego wedding anniversary trip – 14 months old), and Nevada (Las Vegas @ almost 15 months old). Whew. I don’t know of a baby who’s travelled more than him. He must be tired from all these travels (so are his parents), but not bad tired. More like happy tired.

So Las Vegas…being in it with a toddler is definitely a different story from my past visits sans baby. You see everything in a whole different light (literally). The drive, the rest stops, the casinos, the shops, the food, The Strip. All become an endless blur of eye candy intermingled with lots of bathroom stops and diaper changes. I say eye candy because all we were really able to enjoy doing while we were in Vegas was sightsee. As much as we’d have wanted to gamble a tad longer, or see some shows, or stay up and out much later, it was great seeing Miguel’s reaction to the lights on The Strip from his car seat, his excitement upon seeing the canals at The Venetian, his even greater joy at eyeing the magnificent fountain at the Palazzo (Miggz has a thing for fountains). If only Vegas were a child’s playground.

But alas, it isn’t a child’s playground. It’s where adults come to play. So as much as Miguel had his fun, I take back what I said about Vegas never being so tiring. It was this time around, and I’ll probably reconsider taking Miguel again here until his 21st birthday. By then he’ll really see what Vegas is all about. But then again, he probably won’t take us, his parents, to that 21st birthday trip, so this one was still a trip well spent 🙂

Miggz wants him some gelato (The Venetian, Las Vegas)

Awe-struck by the great waterfall fountain (The Palazzo, Las Vegas)

Trying on a track suit from the Ferrari Store (Wynn, Las Vegas)

Family picture in front of the Esplanade (Wynn, Las Vegas)

There are more photos, of course. They will hopefully be on Facebook by next week.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Steph
    Nov 13, 2010 @ 06:15:53

    Gotta love Vegas! Looks like you all had a great time. I absolutely LOVE that track suit!! 🙂

    Reply

    • newmamma
      Nov 13, 2010 @ 16:53:36

      Thanks Steph!!! Miggz looked so cute in that track suit…we couldn’t resist!!!

      We should all go to Vegas (sans Miggz). Maybe when you and Jomil visit us here, we can take a Vegas road trip. It’s a four to five hour drive depending on traffic (not bad at all).

  2. future-mom
    Feb 16, 2011 @ 22:55:18

    It takes some guts to travel with an infant or toddler; but well worth it! Our boy had been to four different countries by 3 months and now at 13 months, a good portion of the States as well (at least a dozen). Europe in May, which I’m a little nervous about because he’ll be more to handle at 17 months and I’m traveling without Dad, just the boy and myself. We’ll be fine, right? I keep meaning to write a long post with travel tips, to help encourage other parents to let go of their worries and have some fun 😉 Its really nice to read that other parents enjoy traveling with their tots as well. Thanks for the post. I’m going to check out your “practical mamma” category.

    Reply

    • newmamma
      Feb 18, 2011 @ 09:13:50

      Hi there future-mom. Thanks for the comment! It’s definitely worth traveling with our little one. We just returned from a two-and-a-half month trip to the Philippines (right when our boy was between 15-17 months old), and I must say that we would have not had it any other way. Sure, there were some challenging moments in there, and it would have been oh-so-easy to just leave the tot behind under the care of a trusted loved one, but the trip would simply not be the same. Plus, we would miss him too much!

      I would love to hear about your upcoming travel to Europe without Dad, which is something I’ve yet to experience. My hubby plays a big part in maintaining my “travel sanity,” so that will be a challenge in and of itself for me, but with careful planning I am sure you will do just fine, especially if your son is already used to traveling.

      I have yet to post some in my “practical mamma” category…so be on the lookout for it.

      Thanks again!

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