Some of you will think this is berserk, but consider for a moment:
- If I stay home, I will be exclusively in charge of five children: a fighting 8-year-old and 6-year-old, two 2-year-olds, and a newborn. If I go on the trip, there will be two additional adults and three fewer children.
- If I go on the trip, I will get to eat meals out three times a day, without having to cook or even open the fridge.
- If I go on the trip, I will be able to go to a wedding, and I love weddings. I will get to buy a wedding gift, and I love buying wedding gifts.
- I am fond of my cousin, and would like to be there on an important day like this.
Now I realize there is a flip side:
- If I go on the trip, we will have to stop every 2-3 hours so I can nurse a newborn.
- That newborn will probably spit up all over his car seat.
- Spit up IF WE'RE LUCKY.
- A toddler in a car for two days.
- A toddler in a hotel room.
- A toddler at a wedding reception.
I think I even have a dress I can wear. I was worried about that, because I'll still be kind of puffy and pregnant-looking 3 weeks after the c-section. And it IS a little worrying, because it's not as if I can try the dress on right NOW and see if it'll fit: I'll have to try it on after the baby is born and make a decision THEN if it'll work or if I have to somehow drag myself out shopping. But I think it will work. It's a dark blue floral print, and it's a forgiving cut. If I remember correctly, it's the kind that's really loose and then there's a string in the back to tie it the right tightness. It's not high fashion, but who's going to be looking at me anyway? It's a wedding, so there's the bride just for starters, but also I'll have a newborn baby with me. I could wear nothing but a hospital johnny and an arch expression and no one would notice.
Oh! I nearly forgot the point of this post! Which is that I will have a toddler in the car for about 24 hours. And I'm going to buy some new toys for the trip, and I am hoping for recommendations. Edward will have just turned two years old. He likes things with buttons: an old TV remote was a big hit for awhile, until he realized the buttons didn't do anything. I'm thinking along the lines of handheld battery-run toys that aren't so annoying that an adult trapped in the car with them will go nuts. And of course if you know of any SILENT toys that are just as entrancing, TELL ME RIGHT NOW YOU MUST TELL ME RIGHT NOW.