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Saying Hello and Goodbye While on the Road

When I became a mother a little over two years ago, I will never forget the moment I realized I had no idea what I was doing. I am a nurse and have worked in the Nursery and Labor & Delivery for years in the hospital setting, so I was prepared for what was to come in that area, but I was not prepared for the days to follow as a new mother.

The moment came when I took my first trip out of the house post-baby and I went to the grocery store. While shopping with my brand new bundle of joy, I took a trip to the restroom. I got to the door and stopped. Umm…what do I do now? Do I take the whole buggy in or do I take just the carseat and baby in the stall with me? Wait… or do I take the baby out of the carseat and hold her while nature calls? Why had I never thought of this scenario? Why had I never heard anyone else struggle with this situation?

I tried to rack my brain for memories of what I had seen other mothers do and nothing was coming to me. So what do you do when this happens? Call mom! I dialed up my mother of 7 children and asked for my first of many parenting advice on how to go to the restroom with a newborn. I knew how to hold a baby, feed a baby, bathe a baby, all from my nursing experiences, but I had no idea how to actually “live” with a new baby.

That was the first, but not the last time I had to call my mother with crazy questions on raising a child. I knew I was ready for motherhood and I was excited for the opportunity and adventure of being a mother, but I had no idea what was ahead until I started living out my dream of raising a family.

This story reminded me of what it is like starting out our journey of  full time RV living. There are things that will come up and you will ask yourself, “Why had I not thought of this scenario?” Being a new parent is scary and overwhelming, but an amazing feat. The same goes for downsizing, RV living, or taking that leap whatever it may be to live out your dreams.

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