After my post about the ins and outs of going on holiday with a child with special needs I thought I would share some photos of how our holiday turned out. I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy but I’m so glad we did it rather than spending years worrying about doing it. I am acutely aware that as Lyla gets older it will become more complicated to plan holidays like this so I wanted to appreciate this holiday for what it was. Parenting in a different location, it has its up and downs but hey everything is better in the sun, right?
Lyla loved her Daddy cuddles in the sun.
Rocking a top knot and a neon pink swim suit.
The first night after dinner Lyla was super excited to be up late hanging out with us watching the entertainment. Shortly after this she fell asleep…
I would love to say that she did this every night but the reality is that she woke at 10pm and was very unimpressed not to find herself in her own bed. Every night after that by 8.30 she started calling out and gesturing to say that she wanted to go to bed. Luckily we had booked a room overlooking the stage and pool so we could put Lyla to bed and sit on the balcony to watch the show with a book and couple of glasses of sangria. Every cloud and all that!
My water baby loved the pool, again I’d love to say that she spent every day in this and had a blast but actually after day two Lyla decided she preferred being held in the pool by Kris or I so that was the end of the inflatable chair!
Every kid needs a crocodile lilo
Obligatory hot dog legs holiday shot
Lyla either practicing her yoga moves or trying to eat her toes, either way she thought she was being hilarious!
Just as a side note, as with everyone’s holiday pics these have been curated to show the bits I want to remember. It doesn’t show the two days when Lyla was uncomfortable with her hip and was miserable, or how overwhelmed she was by all the people in the restaurant every single mealtime, it doesn’t show Kris and I playing tag team in the restaurant so we could get the kids fed and us fed before Lyla lost her shit and had to be wheeled out to calm down, it doesn’t show the meltdown I had on day 5 when I was exhausted and just wanted half an hour in the sun on my own. It’s important to remember that this is just a snapshot, it was a great holiday and we were very lucky to be able to do it but it wasn’t easy or perfect.