We've done a lot of traveling with Noah in his short 2 1/2 years. He won't remember any of it. So, we wonder if it's all making an impression and he'll either really love or hate traveling when he's older. So far he seems to enjoy it, although, like us, we can tell he's happy to be home today - playing with his toys, in his room, and sleeping in his bed!
On this trip, he mastered escalators and moving sidewalks. In fact, there were many times him and Nerdstar would go back and forth or up and down for quite a while. This was a good thing at the airport to wear him out some before the flights. He was also very happy to get to ride on the shuttle buses and the big city bus several times.
We really made the right decision having a crib in the hotel room again. I don't want to think about how hard it would have been to get him to sleep without it.
Trips with my family can end up seeming like a lot of herding cats for me, and this time that was true sometimes. But overall things went about as expected and a good time was had by all.
Nerdstar and I have become complete hotel snobs in the past few years, so staying at Circus Circus wasn't all that we desired. The room was nice and the bed was soft enough, but the crowds did not make us feel all warm and fuzzy towards humanity.
We had hoped Noah would let us hand him off to Granny and Pa and his cousin Zach quite a bit so Nerdstar and I could gamble a little and go eat some good food without him. That didn't happen as much as we would have liked, but we made do.
I'd say one of the biggest things was the three hour time difference. Between the long travel times and the time difference, we were all tired early.
Our biggest splurge was going to the buffet at the Wynn hotel. Oh my. We're afraid it has ruined all over buffets for us. The food was really, really good. This was one of those times we wish we'd had more time, and without Noah. But the whole family came along, so we couldn't hand him off.
It was a good trip, it wasn't a great trip. We're learning as we go - literally.