Wednesday Write-Up: Who Needs a Night Life?

This past week Chad, Zoë and I have been doing a little traveling to other parts of Portugal. We visited Porto, in the north, for a couple of days and just got back today from a trip to Lagos in the south. I plan on writing more about these two vastly different cities on Friday in my travel post, so subscribe so you can read all about it.

We got back to Lisbon today to a huge city wide party. Tonight is the Saint Anthony Festival, which starts in the early evening and continues all night. And it is going on in every neighborhood, currently the song “What a Feeling” is playing loud enough on the street below that we can hear it perfectly in our fifth floor apartment.  People are laughing, talking, singing along to the music. It sounds like a really fun night.

I have to say I am a little jealous. I am incredibly blessed that my amazing daughter is in bed and, pardon the cliche, is sleeping like a baby through all the noise. I will not jinx myself and say that I wish she would stay awake later…heck no, I would never wish that…I enjoy my evenings while she is asleep. Sometimes though I do miss being able to go out on the town after dark. Especially when it is right outside my front door.

No nights like these for me for a while.
No nights like these for me for a while.


I sit here and think how I wish I could go outside with everyone else, and then I realize how much more I have seen of the places we have been because I do not go out late at night. Not only that, but it also helps to be woken at 6:30 or 7 am everyday so i get the most time possible to partake in real life in the cities we have visited.  A special thanks to Zoë for being my little human alarm clock.

This journey is completely different from Chad and I’s pre-baby travels, and for the better I think. Zoë has made every part of this adventure acutely more special and fulfilling. I not only get to experience different and wonderful cultures, but I get to see how they enthrall and excite Zoë. It is a better feeling than I can even describe.

So I willingly give up my night life (despite being a tiny bit envious), because living on the road with my toddler, is the most exciting and worthwhile venture I could ever undertake. Being a mom is rad, that is all I can say.

I am off to bed early…Good night all!
photo credit: Mat Zo in Boston via photopin (license)

  14 comments for “Wednesday Write-Up: Who Needs a Night Life?

  1. Ryan Campbell
    June 12, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    Haven’t tried the travel with the kid thing yet, but I can relate to the night light aspect of your post. Now that the weather has warmed up, it’s hard to go home to being a dad when all i want to do is tear it up on a Friday night. That said, I love getting up early and doing something with my day instead of feeling crap until 3 p.m. I like to think that things have changed for the better and trust me, you’re not missing a thing. Just a few hours of drunken chats, 20-something drama, followed by 24 hours of hangover. And children don’t understand what hangovers are. Sounds like you are making the most of your time in the most constructive way possible,

    • andthreetogo
      June 12, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      Ryan, it is so true! I really feel that the changes when you become parents are the best! I feel like I am actually seeing and experiencing our travels this time. So sad that we are missing you by just a short time! I hope the moving is going well!

  2. Lifeblooming
    July 29, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Your social life definitely changes but there are new experiences that are absolutely fantastic!

    I love travelling with the family. The only thing we need to worry about is a munchkin with allergies but so far that hasn’t been too problematic.

    • andthreetogo
      July 29, 2014 at 4:37 pm

      I love it too! I wouldn’t have it any other way.
      Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  3. ashleylecompte
    July 29, 2014 at 7:56 pm

    So true, right? This is true with just about anywhere you go, but I am sure that visiting such exotic and beautiful places with a kiddo could present some minor challenges for sure. But I love your attitude about it. And you are so right, it’s so much more fulfilling to do things with our children and to see their faces light up.

    Great post!

    • andthreetogo
      July 29, 2014 at 7:58 pm

      Thanks so much! And thanks for stopping by and commenting!

  4. The Vanilla Housewife
    July 29, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    We don’t travel a lot but I can totally relate! Maybe, I had my fill of night life when I was in college. My husband then bf, and I were such night owls. Al though there are days when I’d appreciate a date night with the husband, I’d really rather stay with the kids at home most weekend nights. And blog. 🙂

    • andthreetogo
      July 29, 2014 at 10:30 pm

      I was so worried that my life would change for the worse and it just keeps getting better and better! 🙂 I think the blogging helps 🙂

  5. shelahmoss
    July 29, 2014 at 10:38 pm

    Thanks for sharing your travels with kids. It is an adjustment but still so much fun.

    • andthreetogo
      July 30, 2014 at 7:20 am

      It can be a tough adjustment at first (and occasionally after that) but it really opens so many door for fun!

  6. britaknee
    July 30, 2014 at 2:17 am

    We haven’t taken a road trip with our baby yet! How brave!!

    • andthreetogo
      July 30, 2014 at 7:22 am

      It seems like you would need to be brave, but once you start it’s soooo easy!

  7. Kristen Kelly
    July 30, 2014 at 2:33 am

    You weekends definitely look different as parents! This past weekend, my in-laws kept our son over night, and my husband enjoyed an evening out on the town. We woke up (moving a little slower than usual), and missed our son being there. We agreed that we are so over the long nights out, and prefer our fun nights in with him instead.

    • andthreetogo
      July 30, 2014 at 7:54 am

      I miss that about living near my parents (among other things of course), they would keep z overnight about once a month.
      I always missed her but it was wonderful for my husband and I’a relationship. It’s good to get some time to reconnect with each other sometimes. 🙂

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