I had a really hard experience being a first-time mom. Some graduate into Motherhood easily. Not me. I struggled with everything from birth, to nursing, to colic, to sleep, to everything. But the second baby? She was a breeze. Thank goodness you only have to be a first-time mom once.
And you only have to be a first-time traveler + kids + a foreign country once.
Day 1: Nicaragua Airport and Me
Here’s what passed through my mind during the first hour after arriving in Managua with our 4 little kids.
- Glad we didn’t die on the plane (the flights attendants said it was going to be extremely rough. It wasn’t. But I definitely mentally prepared for the worst the ENTIRE 3 HOUR FLIGHT).
- Wow we are here! 10 years of dreaming and 5 years of planning and we’re here!
- Do we tip the guys pulling the bags off the conveyer belt?
- What do you mean I need my bag tags!
- Remember not to drink the water!
- Should we wash our hands with the water?
- Do we have all the kids?
- Where are we going to get water for our 4 thirsty kids??
- How much do we tip the men who are loading our bags into the hotel van?
- Do we still have all the kids?
- Yes, I actually intend to buckle my baby into a carseat to drive across the street!
- Wow, it’s hot.
- I’m sweating.
- We’re really hot.
- “Mom it’s hot.”
- What were we thinking…
- Thank goodness the Best Western across the street has air conditioning.
Just a friendly reminder not to drink the water…
Day 150ish: Nicaragua Airport and (the Experienced) Me
Fast forward 5 months: returning to Nicaragua after spending a few weeks in the Estados Unidos.
- Still glad we didn’t die on the plane (what can I say, I’m an aviophobe).
- We can buy all the drinking water we need at the hotel across the street.
- Of course we can wash our hands in the tap water.
- I forgot how to speak Spanish fluently in 1 month??!!
- Tip everyone the normal amount.
- Yes I will buckle my baby into her carseat to drive across the street (it’s crazy out there).
- And, yes, Managua is humid.
- Thank goodness for Best Western’s air conditioning.
- Thank goodness for Best Western’s swimming pools!
- Thank goodness for tomorrow’s awesome gourmet breakfast included with our stay.
Nicaragua part two here we come!
And while it’s an adventure to do something the first time, I also love the feeling that we know Nicaragua now. It’s part of our family experience. And Best Western Nicaragua will always be calling our name.