A Reflection on 2020

As the year comes to an end, I find myself more emotional than usual. Yes, this year was exponentially harder than any of my other 21 years, but it was also where the most rewarding and significant life changes happened for me. I traveled to two different countries, got married, had a baby, and got really sick with the very virus responsible for the world’s social and economic downfalls this year. I know that it is easier to look forward to the next year as a “fresh start”, but in reality, it is an opportunity to reflect on the year you’ve personally had and change things for the better.

On the boat in Aruba
Palm Beach, Aruba
Cesar and I on the boat in Aruba near Palm Beach.
Cesar on boat in Aruba.

Cesar and I were lucky enough to fly to Aruba and enjoy a couple of days there in January for my birthday. Then in February we were able to visit my father-in-law’s family up in the mountains of Guatemala for a weekend. We also planned to fly to at least 2-3 more countries this year and did it happen? No. Not because of our pregnancy or our life situation, but because the countries we were going to were not allowing entry to people traveling from The United States. My husband was going to propose to me in Canada in March. Then, we were supposed to go to Mexico for personal reasons, and that was cancelled because we both got sick with COVID-19 the week before our scheduled travel. So all of our travel plans after March were altered and we are definitely suffering from airport withdrawals now! We’ve decided to prescribe ourselves DOUBLE the amount of trips taken next year.

Plane views before landing in Guatemala City, GTA.
Arriving at the airport in Guatemala City, Guatemala.
Pino Dulce Parque Ecologico, Mataquescuintla, Guatemala (https://pinodulce.com/)

We for sure have two trips planned out right now. One will happen in February and the other will happen in May. We are too excited to not only be back on a plane to explore a new place, but to be able to do so with our baby girl! Details on that trip will be coming soon, but the tickets are bought. Airbnb reserved, and checklist for our suitcases to travel with an infant is already printed out (haha the natural mommy planner instincts are coming in strong).

Mountains in Jalapa, Guatemala

We cannot wait to show our baby girl the world. While mom and dad have not gone further than North America, we plan to break that chain pretty soon. I know what many of you might be thinking: “Will she even remember traveling so young?”, and let me be the first to tell you- it does not matter. The main reason we are so excited to travel with her is not for her memory, but for ours. And one day when she is an adult, she has pictures to show that she was in some of those countries as a baby/toddler, and returning once again as an adult. She can say she traveled to more countries as a baby than both her parents combined by the time we were 30-years-old. And if bragging rights and memories for the parents aren’t enough for you, we can always evaluate how important it is for children to be exposed to different cultures at such a young age. We have done extensive research on this and now know that exposure to so many different environments for a child actually aids in their development! The further you read into my blogs, the more you will understand how important growth and development is for me.

More posts on this topic of travel coming soon. I just needed to post a story before the year ended, and while I am always ready to talk about our pregnancy, labor, birth story, and postpartum periods; I started writing and the first thing that started flowing without further thought was about travel. Not that travel is more important than my daughter, but this is the one thing my husband and I agree needs to improve next year if we can control it!

Thank you for reading and stay tuned for the next post “next year” (Sorry, I know that joke gets annoying at the end of the year, but I saw my opportunity and I took it)!

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