Road Tripping With Baby

Posted on | April 27, 2010 | 14 Comments

For those of you interested, I went to the doctor yesterday and found that I am the proud “owner” of a massive urinary tract infection. I feel like the poo I threw around the nursery yesterday morning. But enough about that. That’s not what I want to talk about today. Today, I want to talk about traveling because, well, I’m about to do that.

Do you remember when you went on road trips in college?  Maybe you’d make a mixed tape or mixed CD of “road trip songs.” Maybe you’d decide last minute where you were going or what time you’d leave. I know when I was in college, I took several random road trips just for fun. And when I had planned trips to Orlando to see a friend, I usually drove at night, leaving around 8 and driving straight through. I loved late night trips to Waffle House and buying fun toys and gadgets in disgusting truck stops.

And then there was baby.

You can all but forget about those last minute road trips. And fun? Ha. Dear God. Traveling with J is an ordeal… of epic proportions. I have literally been planning this trip, step by step, for weeks. Every day I have a new item on my “to do” list to accomplish. It’s out of control. I am in an OCD tailspin over this trip.
I have to pack diapers for daytime. Diapers for night time. Wipes. Diaper rash ointment. Toys for the car. Toys for when we reach our destination. Bottles full of milk. Empty bottles. Enough outfits to clothe an tiny army. Burp cloths. Baby food. Bibs. Spoons. Socks. Boppy pillow. Diaper bag. Baby Motrin. “Snot Sucker” and saline. Pack-n-play. Books. And the list goes on. and on. and on.

And that’s even before I start to think about things for myself. Traveling with a baby is exhausting.

And this trip? This trip is a monster. I have SEVEN hours, if I drive with minimal stops, until I reach my final destination. Seven. Hours. The longest I’ve had J in the car at this age has been for a two hour drive. That drive took me four hours. If it takes me fourteen hours to get to North Carolina, I may shoot myself. Instead of thinking about late night Waffle House stops, I’m researching locations where it might be convenient to get out of the car and walk around for a while with J. I’m looking up hotels along the route in case it starts to take forever and we have to spend the night.

Honestly? Spend the night on a seven hour drive? Who am I and what happened to my life?

It’s strange the things you aren’t prepared for with a baby. I never really thought about how J would affect things like travel. Going home to see my family has always been fairly easy. Even the last time we went, I rode in the backseat with J and he behaved like a champ. But this time? It’s just the two of us. There will be no backseat Momma to entertain. To say that I am frightened would be the understatement of the century. I am just hoping that we both arrive safely in North Carolina with minimal tears for each.

Sorry in advance for the lapse, but I will probably not be posting tomorrow since I’ll be packing like a crazy lady tonight and then on the road in the morning. Have a great couple of days and I’ll check back with you on Thursday with tales from the road…

Later today, I’ll draw the winner of the Eshakti giveaway and I PROMISE I haven’t forgotten about all the wonderful questions you guys presented in “Ask Me Anything.” I’m pumped about answering them but I thought that might be good for while I’m away. Okay. That’s it. Happy Tuesday. 🙂


14 Responses to “Road Tripping With Baby”

  1. HarmSkills
    April 27th, 2010 @ 12:03 pm

    cant wait to read about it… good luck!!!!!

  2. amy
    April 27th, 2010 @ 12:11 pm

    My wise friend Charlie said that once you have children, vacation is just packing up all your crap-for baby/kid-and moving it elsewhere. Hes right 🙂
    Whether you go for 2 days or 20, you need the same stuff.
    Good luck! Looking forward to seein' you guys soon!

  3. Kiki
    April 27th, 2010 @ 12:32 pm

    Good Luck!
    Can't wait to read all about your adventure 🙂

  4. Kim
    April 27th, 2010 @ 12:47 pm

    Good luck and HAVE FUN! It can totally be overwhelming,oh how it can! But I promise it gets easier and you learn little tricks that work for you and your baby. Try not to break out the kiddie music if you can, that was SUCH a huge mistake our first go round! It ended up being the only thing our first liked in the car and on long trips it really gets annoying!

  5. CaneWife
    April 27th, 2010 @ 1:12 pm

    Good luck! It honestly may not be that bad.

    We took Turtle on a 20 hour trip and he. was. an. angel. He slept almost the whole time. The worst part was all the crap we had to bring (the smaller they are, the more they need).

    I have also done some 4 and 5 hour trips by myself with him. Those are harder because we always have to stop.

    Hope everything goes smoothly!

  6. Fave
    April 27th, 2010 @ 1:22 pm

    I can't wait to see you!!!!! and J too of course! hmmm i might not bounce with him this time though. 🙂
    Love you! Drive safe and I will see you sooooooon!!!! yay yay yay yay yay.
    *insert Reunited and it feels so good*

  7. KLZ
    April 27th, 2010 @ 1:37 pm

    You'll do great. If you need anything at all (that I can help with from here) let me know. I'm a good researcher.

  8. disastersindomesticity
    April 27th, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    Going home is a 5-6 hour drive for me. I've done it on my own 4 or 5 times in the last two months and it's been ok. Here are the things that get me though it.

    -I time it so that we leave about 1/2 hour before his morning nap. It takes him about 15 minutes to 1/2 hour to fall asleep and then because of the car movement he usually sleeps for 2 hours.

    -I make a substantial stop for lunch when he wakes up. Usually a mall. We walk around, shop, eat, for two hours and then he's ready to sleep again for his afternoon nap. I find that he does much better with one or two long stops than many little stops. I take the time to do some shopping, find an outlet mall, etc. (Don't know if you have GPS or an iPhone but that's how I find these things once he wakes up).

    Good luck! It takes me all day, but at least we get there with minimal crying. Hope it goes well!

  9. Sara
    April 27th, 2010 @ 4:11 pm

    Hope it goes well for you! I'm planning a 3 hour drive in a couple weeks (Ollie will be 6 months) so I'll be looking for tips!

  10. Cindy
    April 27th, 2010 @ 4:14 pm

    Can not wait to hear about your adventures!! We took Bailey on a 12 hour trip, it was fun!! I agree packing= awful!!

  11. Jayme
    April 27th, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    We've had to do a 8 hour drive 6 times now with the twins- every 28 days- for Ryan's chemo. We stop every time on the way there and back LOL

    But as a bonus, we've got the packing for two babies down to a science.

  12. Blair@HeirtoBlair
    April 27th, 2010 @ 7:52 pm


  13. E&J
    April 27th, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

    First time poster, but I am so happy to hear someone else talk about the trials of travel with baby. I love my son but boy do I miss spontaneous college road trips.

  14. E&J
    April 27th, 2010 @ 9:33 pm

    First time poster, but I am so happy to hear someone else talk about the trials of travel with baby. I love my son but boy do I miss spontaneous college road trips.

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