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Spring Break Before You Had Kids Vs. Spring Break Now

To say life is different after you have kids is the understatement of the century. There, of course, are the obvious changes—the things you saw coming, like drastically reduced time spent sleeping and an intimate relationship with someone else's poop. But, then there are the things you probably didn't think twice about before procreating—things like how you'd spend your spring break.

Did you think a trip to the beach was a trip to the beach, regardless of who you brought? Boy, were you sorely mistaken. Here are eight ways spring break differs now from before you had kids.

 

Spring Break Before You Had Kids

Your search criteria for a spring break destination included things like "open bar" and "24 hour hot tub."

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Spring Break Now

Your search criteria for a spring break destination includes things like "family-friendly" and "car seat rental."

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Spring Break Before You Had Kids

You stumble down to the pool at around noon each day with little more than a pair of sunglasses and a hankering for a piña colada.

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Spring Break Now

You've set up shop (in the shade) at the pool at around 7 a.m.—an hour and a half after you were woken up via someone's foot in your back. A small sampling of your provisions: economy-size organic sunscreen made from faerie dust, puddle jumpers, toys, snacks, diapers and a change of clothes. Relaxed?

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Spring Break Before You Had Kids

You stay out 'til the wee hours of the morning every night, dancing your brains out, imbibing too much and making out with people you'll never see again.

Soda Head

 

Spring Break Now

You quietly sip wine in the bathroom out of a plastic cup while the kids are asleep.

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Spring Break Before You Had Kids

You eat lunch at that off-the-beaten-path, locals-only taco joint you read about—and it's soooo good.

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Spring Break Now

You eat a stale granola bar on the floor of your room while your baby naps.

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Spring Break Before You Had Kids

You hit the gym hard before your trip in order to look good in that eye-catching bikini you just bought.

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Spring Break Now

You shave.

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Spring Break Before You Had Kids

You don't check your luggage. Why would you? All you've got are a few bathing suits, a pair of flip flops and a stack of Us Weeklies waiting to be read.

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Spring Break Now

You consider chartering a jet, as it would be cheaper than paying to check all of that extra luggage.

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Spring Break Before You Have Kids

You take your time getting ready before you go out at night. You sip a cocktail while you do your makeup, listen to music, chat and laugh with your friends.

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Spring Break Now

Your five-minute shower is interrupted seven times by a nearly inconsolable small person who wants to know where the empty Dorito bag he was playing with went.

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Spring Break Before You Had Kids

You ask to be upgraded to a room with a balcony.

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Spring Break Now

You ask to be downgraded, because OH MY GOD, A BALCONY!

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Spring Break Before You Had Kids

You come home tan, refreshed and totally relaxed.

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Spring Break Now

You come home feeling like you need a vacation.

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