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Joy In The Journey-Re-established

Joy In The Journey-Re-established

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By Jonathan Oliver

Before my spouse and I left for our vacation we had read a book and had seen a DVD informing us that it would take a little time to get Journey re-established to her routine. It was said for however long Journey is off routine, it would take her about that half that amount of time to get re-established. This is true even if we’re traveling during the holidays as an entire family or if Journey goes to grandma’s house for a few days. Basically anything that will cause her to be disconnected from her normal structured routine for a certain amount of time will cause her to be off.

When we left for vacation we were gone for four days. I have to often remind myself that this is my mother-in-law’s only grandchild. As much as she does to try to stay consistent to the schedule my spouse and I have developed, it’s never quite the same as if it was being enforced by mom and dad. So mentally I have already made the proper adjustments knowing that Journey is going to be spoiled when she’s spending time with her grandmothers. This is what they are supposed to do. I also know that I’m going to have to be twice as patient as our family works to get back into the swing of things. Before we left to go on vacation Journey was sleeping from 8:30 PM to 7 AM. If she happened to wake up it was typically around 6:00am -6:30am, and she would typically put herself back to sleep. It goes without saying that I was awakened from a very deep sleep when my sweet little baby girl starting crying at 4:30am in the morning our first night back from vacation. Before we left to go on vacation, I knew that my mother-in-law was going to sleep in the same room with Journey, so it did not shock my spouse and I that is one of the first things she told us when we got home. In the short time we were gone Journey had gotten comfortable having her grandmother sleeping in the same room with her and comforting her immediately when she made the slightest fuss. Hence the 4:30 AM wake up call.

However by the second night, Journey slept until 5:45 AM and after about 10 minutes of fussing and no one picking her up, she realized that her grandmother was no longer in the room with her. So she put herself back to sleep and did not wake up until 7 AM.  Getting her back on track with her naps was not as difficult as I thought it was going to be. Within the first day back from vacation she took a couple one hour naps and one nap for a solid two hours. For me the key is always about being mentally prepared. I can’t say I’m always going to have the information to expect what’s going to happen next, but if I can mentally have some type of preparation, it helps me in dealing with change. The great thing is that my spouse and I have used the tools and have seen them work before. We just need to get back to the basics as quickly as possible and get her back on her schedule. She’s a happier baby for it!

Jonathan Oliver is an experienced motivational speaker, life coach, and author.  He is the CEO of his company Higher Enlightenment which strives to create a world of truth, love, and faith.  He was born and raised in Texas and now lives with his wife and their first child Journey in Owasso, OK. He is a first time stay at home dad. His contact information is on and follow him on facebook at



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