Monday, June 25, 2012

How I Survived Moving With Baby

   Moving with a small child is never easy. Never.  I can honestly say I nearly had panic attacks envisioning the horrors of a 14 hour drive with a 7 month old. I was prepared to pull off the road and buy a DVD player with a huge supply of Baby Einstein if needed. I was prepared to give my 7 month old (who has never had candy) a lolli-pop (or several) if needed. Yes, I even packed different flavors (judge away).
  
   The horrors never really occurred.  Several stops for lunch, bathroom breaks, baby playing, and leg stretching were needed.  The endless shrieking I dreaded never occurred though.

    One successful road trip hardly qualifies me as an expert on infant car travel.  But I will tell you what worked for me. Perhaps, it will help you too?

  • Bring someone you love and that loves your baby. My Mom hit the road with me and whenever baby boy just needed some attention we would pull over and she would jump in the backseat for playtime. With her in the backseat handing him new toys he seemed to do better when awake. Also, if you travel with someone who really, truly, loves your baby you wont be stressed about inconveniencing them.
  • Pack enough drinks and snacks for the adults. This way if baby is sleeping you drive on. No unnecessary stops while baby is sleeping. Take advantage.
  • Baby needs some toys. My personal favorite is a Bright Starts Toy Bar. My baby loves this thing! I can even tell when he wakes up because he immediately starts playing with it.
  • Every body needs a little stress relief in the form of music. A little home made CD (Thanks to Aunt Lori for an awesome driving mix) or some Raffi  always works wonders.
  • Plan in stops!! No one likes being stuck in a car for 14 hours nonstop (baby included). For our trip we drove 5 hours to my Grandparents, 6 hours to Tallahassee, and then 3 hours to our destination.
  • If spending the night in a hotel, try to book a suite.  Having the bedroom separate from the living room/kitchen was a huge help, as we were able to put baby to sleep and then have a  much needed in-room happy hour, dinner, and TV break without waking the babe. Town Place Suites was amazing for this purpose. Clean, budget friendly, suites.
Hope this helps!

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Random Moving Musings

   I apologize for my lengthy blogging absence. Perhaps it was my seemingly endless packing and unpacking of boxes, my lengthy drive to my new home, my extended lack of Internet, or my 7 month old koala bear of a baby.  Whatever it was, blogging was rendered IMPOSSIBLE.

                                                         
                                                                  
       Since I last posted Louisiana has become my new home. All I can say is thank heavens for Mommas. Without mine, this move would not have been possible. She made the 14 hour drive with me, shushed the babe, bathed him night after night, unpacked, cooked, soothed, and generally made my life easier until my husband could come for backup. Thanks Mom!!!
                            
                                          
  The drive was nowhere near as bad as expected. Who would have ever thought my fiesty son would nod off to sleep in his car seat for three hour stretches?! Certainly not me. Thankful? Thankful does not even cut it.

(Please no judgement, this was at a rest stop haha)
                                                 

  More about the move and our settling soon. Till then just know we are happy to be together again. It would be easy to be sad about all we left. It's more complicated to feel all that I feel about this move at once. Excited, thankful, grateful,  scared, and lucky. Lucky to be here. Lucky to be together. Lucky to be safe and healthy. Missing my family and friends, yes. But knowing that this is our new adventure....

  

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