A colleague and I were lucky enough to travel to Las Vegas for work this week. We left early Saturday morning and headed back late last night. This is the first overnight work trip I’ve needed to take since Dan V was born. It came at a fantastic time. V is over one now, which is great because his routines are more predictable. This in turn makes leaving a bit easier knowing that he’s got a good rhythm going. Also, at this point, I don’t need to worry about the logistics of pumping – which is amazing and absolutely freeing. So check that off the list.
We were so fortunate to have the flexibility in our schedule to explore our surroundings leisurely and attend an amazing event to cap off our trip. The time change was a bit brutal, as expected. Pushing for a second and third wind to make it through the evenings and finding yourself waking up at 4AM Vegas time ready for the day takes a toll. Then again, I didn’t find myself having to wake in the middle of the night to attend to a baby so it was just a different kind of lack of sleep. (Unless you count waking up to the sound of someone throwing-up in the next room but luckily they weren’t my problem).
The one really surprising thing, outside of literally being able to smoke and drink anywhere anytime, was the number of tiny humans crawling all over the city. The amount of people with young children in tow was astonishing. I mean we’re in VEGAS! VEGAS! I didn’t know that it was considered a top family destination but the sheer volume of babies we saw in strollers, carriers and cradled in arms was crazy. If I’m traveling to Vegas for pleasure V is going to be last on my list of travel companions. Don’t get me wrong, he’s a riot, but he doesn’t exactly meet the minimum age requirement for boozing and gaming. Just sayin’.
Ultimately the worst part of the whole thing was missing the weekend with the little guy. Weekends are normally my time to hang with V so honestly the hardest part of the whole trip was that it happened to fall over a Saturday/Sunday. Though I must say it’s more me missing out than him since he got to hang with his Dad, Uncle, Grandparents and Great Grandparents over the weekend. Not too shabby. Hopefully I’ll be able to adjust my schedule slightly, maybe work from home a few half days to factor out the evening commute and gain an extra hour with him in the evening. We’ll see!