Where in the World Have I Been???

I don’t mean in the traveling sense (although I do need to catch you up on that). I am referring to my absence in the blogosphere! It has been almost 20 months since my last post. So where the heck have I been? Well, I am excited to report that I have embarked on my greatest adventure yet…..MOTHERHOOD!

My lack of blogging does not mean I have not been traveling. Let’s just say that becoming a parent was allconsuming for quite some time. From the moment I knew I was pregnant, all of my focus revolved around my baby and keeping her safe. I simply didn’t have the mental capacity to keep up with this blog. Maybe it was the hormones? I don’t think I am too off the mark in admitting pregnancy-brain probably wouldn’t have permitted me to write coherently anyway. (Pregnancy-brain is a real thing!) Needless to say, after our daughter was born things just got worse, as far as this blog was concerned. Pregnancy-brain promptly turned into Mommy-brain (also real) and no matter how much I wanted to keep this blog updated, I just couldn’t make it happen. But Ella is about to celebrate her first birthday and I am finally feeling like I might just be able to do this thing again. So bear with me while I try to learn how to blog again.

Back to traveling – people always say that traveling is a dream instead of a reality once you have children. Clearly those people have never met me. I am determined to prove them wrong and continue my quest to see the world! And so far, I think it is safe to say that I am actually making it happen. When Ella was just 2 months old we took a road trip to Bar Harbor, Maine to hike in Acadia National Park. When Ella was 6 months old she took her first flight and she traveled like a champ! More recently, we traveled to Chicago and I was even brave enough to fly one leg of that trip with an infant, by myself.

Ella's very first flight

Ella’s very first flight – 6 months

Our solo flight home from Chicago

Our solo flight home from Chicago – 11 months

This summer we have lots of travel plans on the books. In just a couple of days Ella will get her first passport stamp when we fly to Canada to go hiking in Banff National Park. Later in July, we are taking a road trip to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Finally, in August we are going to Aruba. And we might actually be a bit crazy for this last one, but we are in the early planning stages for a trip to INDIA next winter! So stay tuned to hear about our upcoming travels and hopefully I will even get around to catching you up on these last couple of years.  And maybe I can inspire others with children to travel too!


11 thoughts on “Where in the World Have I Been???

  1. Erin Horton says:

    So Awesome to hear about your adventures again. You guys are amazing and inspiring. I have no children and far less travel plans than you!!! Good for you all. Happy Birthday early to Ella 🙂

  2. ngomillion says:

    Motherhood is awesome! And choosing between children and travel is totally a false dichotomy. My niece and nephew have been to over 25 countries. We are visiting 10 countries with our four children this summer. Just make sure your children learn to entertain themselves early on and you’ll have no problems. A word of caution about India. My sister’s travel agent here in Australia refuses to book trips with children to India, as she has seen people come back with lifelong digestive problems and thinks it’s unfair to expose children to that risk. I still want to go, but maybe as a second honeymoon.

  3. Renee Moore says:

    Dayna, I LOVE your post’s and pictures. My hat is off to you my friend, Ella is beautiful and if you can get her bit buy the travel bug, she will be a loyal travel companion for you for a lifetime. Renee

  4. Wow congratulations!! I am very happy for you and your family. I hope you have a blessed lifetime and thank you very much for all the care packages you’ve sent and cards. It’s really nice to be able to have someone write you.

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