Baby’s First Camping Trip

What do you do when you have a three-and-a-half-month old baby in December in a Texas? Go on a camping trip, of course!

The Robinsons recently joined forces with the Batirs and a few friends to go camping at Huntsville State Park. The trip was a lot of fun, but definitely not without its pitfalls.

First, I got terribly sick Thursday night and spent it throwing up the entire contents of my stomach. (Let me tell you, throwing up while breastfeeding is not something I recommend to anyone.) So, instead of driving to the campsite on Friday, we opted to arrive bright and early Saturday morning.

It was great weather that weekend! Nice and sunny during the day with no rain in sight. Pete enjoyed hanging with his cousin and they both broke in their baby napping tents. Furthermore, I was feeling back to my normal self.

We enjoyed some time around the campfire and went on a short walk in the afternoon. However, we learned quickly that camping with two babies means staying put and working around two different feeding and sleeping schedules. Thankfully, when there’s good company, staying put is perfectly enjoyable. Plus, it was fun to watch Pete and Jake discover the great outdoors.

That night we all bundled up and prepped for a chilly night in the tent. However, things quickly went south. Joe, brother-in-law, threw up that night and Neil started feeling sick as well. To top it all off, our campsite was on an incline and Neil and I kept sliding into each other all night. Finally, around 3AM, Neil was feeling terrible and couldn’t stay warm (to be fair, it was very cold). So I moved all of our bedding to the back of the car where I had laid down all the seats to make a cozy little pallet. And that’s where we spent the rest of the night. Meanwhile, Peter seemed to thrive in the cold and had one of his best sleeps ever. Go figure.

That morning we all packed up and ate lunch in Huntsville before heading home. Neil and Joe were both feeling a lot better, thankfully.

However, Sunday night Neil had a relapse and got sick again. Monday morning we got word that the Batirs were both sick and throwing up. Then, we found out another one of our friends who joined us camping got sick, too.

What did we learn? Camping is definitely doable with infants. All of us agreed we would do it again in a heartbeat. We also learned that I’m very good at spreading disease…

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