We are in Alabama for some family celebrations this weekend. I have been looking forward to this trip for a while and I know Jerry has. We’ve both been a little anxious about how Oscar would react to being in the car for 10+ hours. We decided to drive straight through and just see how it went. And thanks to my sister, we had a dvd player to use which increased our bag of tricks a hundredfold.
We left at about 7am and by noon Oscar had pooped 4 times. Well, he actually only POOPED twice, but we thought he had 4 times. Which meant finding an exit with a child friendly restaurant. This is harder than one would think and I just want to take a moment to say that if your menu offers a KID’S meal, then you are legally bound to have a changing table, or at the very least a large counter around the sink. It is unthinkable that I could get chicken nuggets, fries and a milkshake and not have a place to deal with the aftermath of said “meal” (that is not what Oscar ate, I am just making a point).
Other than the initial bumps in the road, the trip was awesome. Oscar consistently amazes us with his ability to adapt. He had a great time watching his videos and taking little naps here and there. Every few hours I would climb into the back and give him some applesauce.
Krusty was laid out in the back of the van and we took turns listening to music, watching Mary Poppins and pointing at trucks. We LOVE the van and I am looking forward to taking many more family trips! Here are a few tips that helped me a lot.
- Bring plenty of food! It doesn’t matter what you normally eat, you always get hungrier on trips. I loaded up on Craisins, applesauce, PBJs and some Bugles for the salt fix. Oscar munched on baby cookies and applesauce.
- Entertainnnnnment! We filled up the IPOD and borrowed my sister’s dvd player. I always laughed at people who had tvs in their cars, but we are definitely going to invest in this gadget in the near future! It was a lifesaver! You can’t change the scenery in the van, but you CAN change the movie.
- Don’t worry about the time. This one is probably the most important. Jerry and I both are accustomed to driving for long trips. We knew that our normally 10 hour trip would take much longer. We were not in a hurry at all, took extra stops and enjoyed the actual trip. We made it in 12 hours and felt relaxed albeit tired, when we arrived.
Now we are here and having a great time! If you travel this weekend, have fun and stay safe!