Last weekend we took our first “vacation” as a family of three. It involved driving about four hours and staying in a house with 10 other people. (We were on a retreat with our church.) Luckily, we got our own room, so that was nice. This was the longest car ride for Lucas and the first time sleeping somewhere other than home. Overall, I thought it went pretty well, but we definitely said a lot of, ” well, now we know for next time.” It was a learning experience!
Lucas isn’t a huge fan of his car seat. He has recently started screaming as soon as we put him in it, and will stop after a few minutes. Poor guy. He slept for about two hours in the car, which was wonderful, because when he woke up he was NOT HAPPY. We stopped twice to feed him, change him, let his legs stretch, and give him some fresh air. That took probably 40 minutes one way. I wondered if it would have been easier to give him a bottle in the car, that way we wouldn’t have to stop. But, then I figure we have to change his diaper anyways.
Then there was the sleeping arrangement. We have a pack n’ play but we thought (Okay, it was mostly my idea) that Lucas would just sleep with us in the bed. We were going to bring in just in case, but we forgot it and I don’t think it would have fit in our car anyways. The bed ended up being a queen bed which felt awfully small when you’re used to a king. My husband was too nervous about rolling on him so he slept on the floor both nights. That probably wasn’t very comfortable, but Lucas and I slept good! Even though we had a separate room, it was still loud in our room with all the talking and “partying” going on in the family room. It didn’t seem to bother him, he fell asleep fine and slept right through it, but there was a big walk in closet that was back in the corner of the room that was really dark which would have been perfect for him and the pack n’ play. We could have put him in there and then moved it back into the room when we went to bed. We didn’t realize the room would be so big! Now we know for next time.
We also forgot the baby monitor. We were going to bring it but then last minute thought, nah- we don’t need it. We ended up checking on him every 10 minutes – the monitor would have come in handy!
Then the diaper fiasco. Originally we were going to bring disposables, but I realized that we already had about five dirty diapers that I was going to have to wash on Sunday anyways ( I don’t want them sitting for too long!) so we might as well bring them. We had to stop on the way and get disposable wipes which were almost $3! I brought a couple garbage sacks and it worked fine just throwing the diapers in. Our car didn’t smell too bad. Just kidding.
I did good on his clothes. He had plenty of clothes!
It was a good time overall. Lucas did pretty well, being around that many people and being passed around all day. We learned that he’s a little shy around people. At home he’s usually very talkative (you know, for a 3 month old) and happy, but when he’s around a bunch of people he gets quite. I think it’s a lot of stimulation for him and he’s just taking it all in.
The night that we got home and the day after, he was incredibly happy. I’ve never seen him so happy. I think he was so glad to be home and out of his car seat! He doesn’t like driving, just like his mama. 🙂
I should have asked you this before. What are your tips when traveling with a baby or toddler??