The time comes in every parent’s life that he/she decides to do the unthinkable…take a road trip with a baby! Whether it is long or short, there is always at least a little sense of dread that goes along with packing up the car and getting ready to go. Often that dread comes from all of the unknowns. Will she sleep well in the car? Will she sleep too well and not be tired once we get to our destination? Is she going to scream for hours on end? How long is it really going to take us to get there? Is it smarter to pump if she is sleeping or make a stop and wake her? Did I pack enough clothing, diapers, etc.? Did I pack too much? I could go on forever.
By the time this is posted, we will have braved the drive to and from Denver. I have made this trip many times. The last time was even with a dog with a tendency to get car sick. Something tells me no trip will compare to this first one with the baby.
Jessa has already proved to be a good traveler when the trip is 2.5 hours or less. She has both slept the whole time and happily “hung out” awake. We’ve avoided poopy diapers, needing to stop to eat, and large amounts of crying. I’m aware this streak is about to end, but it was sure good while it lasted!
Due to work schedules, our trip will begin around dinner time with the intention of staying at a hotel in Lincoln. We will then drive the rest of the way and arrive in Denver SOMETIME the next day. We are keeping our options open for the way home and will make plans according to how the trip out goes. I miss the days of knowing that the whole trip could be made in a day with only a few stops to eat, get gas, and use a restroom. It would be best for Jessa (and us if we were able) to drive through the night. Maybe that can happen in the future. One thing is for sure…this will not be a 12 hour trip as usual!
I’m the type of person who truly does not like packing. I hate the feeling that I’m forgetting something. I am currently in the midst of making sure I have all of Jessa’s things, my necessities, everything for the dog (who will be with us in the car a few hours before going to “grandma’s”), the camera, the computer, some snacks, etc. etc. All of this while making sure everything at work is done, but that is another story!
While I’m stressed out a bit about making sure everything is done, packed, and ready to go, I’m definitely excited for Jessa to have her first trip to Colorado! I know that what could be an eventful, stressful roadtrip will be worth it! Because Jessa’s mother greatly dislikes flying, we are in for plenty of family roadtrips. I need to remember to relish this time as it is only a matter of time before we hear a little voice in the back saying, “Are we there yet?”
As I said before, our short trip will actually be over by the time you read this. However, I would LOVE to hear any advice to put into use for future trips! What has worked best for you? Do you have any stories of great trips that went smoothly? Any horror stories that we can all learn from? Please share!