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Tthere are so many things changing as I get older that I just wasn't aware of. I hold my hand … I say that parenting is incredible, but for me it's an adjustment! Especially if you like your own freedom, you are independent and / or justifiably, like being a little selfish! In fact, screw it in, it's a big adjustment!

WWe are currently traveling in Campervan, New Zealand, and it was from this blog post that this idea was born. While it has been a lifelong journey, it has really made me look at some of the things I struggle with as I get older.

Freedom: This may seem obvious, but you can no longer do just what you want. In the past, our travel or vacation trips were filled with long hikes, spontaneity, late-night sunset walks, and soft swimming pools. If you have a small person, they need to click, they must go to bed before bedtime, which means that you are likely to spend more time inside or outside your hotel room or caravan than you thought.

Stuff: Little people are small, but they usually have a lot of things. I travel a lot with a pair of pants, sunglasses and wallet, but before every trip you really need to pack a bag full of things to keep you warm, dry, entertaining, fed and safe. We decided to pack more diapers for the hikes and had to run back in the mountains because he was wearing his pants, even though we changed him an hour earlier.

Clean: I just don't know how people keep their little ones clean. We're crawling, but we're taking steps and it seems like every outfit lasts only a few hours before it seems to be a mud party. You will also find that you will never clean yourself – sticky fingers, brittle, food, milk, dirt, you will become a giant version of their playtime.

Router: I actually like routines, but I've never realized how many little ones need them. We are so happy to have a baby who sleeps from 7am to 7pm and falls asleep twice a day, but it can be a tremendous amount of pain when traveling because it is time consuming and it may mean that you will not be able to do as much or a lot.

Chang: Before coming to NZ, we had a list of things we wanted to do, we removed the bungee jump, heaven diving and all the obvious child-friendly things, but we completely forgot that sometimes they just don't want what you were planning to do. They are tired, toothed, jerky or just too unfair to take them out in certain weather conditions that you would have been fine with in the past.

New: You may have read this thinking "what an idiot", all of the above is obvious, but to be honest, I had no experience with a child or a child before Jax, so this is a complete learning curve for me. While all of the above are adjustments, living a child through the eyes of their child is the most incredible way to see the world. I may not have seen every sunset or drowned my toes in every lake, but I have watched him take his first steps, fall in love and feed the birds, laugh out loud on his first bicycle, listen to him play happily over me in his crib and enjoy with her hands and knees on her beaches, in the woods and on the playgrounds. Getting the little one is the best damn adjustment you will ever find in your life.

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