The trip went well, but there were some parts that were less than smooth. Edward was indeed restless at the wedding. The baby did cry some in the car. And whenever we stopped, I had to nurse the baby, so everyone else was stretching and saying how great it felt to get out of the car, and by the time I was done nursing they were impatient to get back on the road, and my butt got really really sore from sitting constantly.
Anyway. There were some stressful times, but mostly it was a great trip and I'm glad I went. I loved staying in a hotel room, using tons of air conditioning and hot water, playing with the wee little coffee pot, exploring all the free bottles of stuff, having a continental breakfast in the morning (hot cinnamon rolls! little teeny containers of honey! half-cups of yogurt in three flavors!). I love weddings, especially the part where the bride appears and everyone stands up in one swoosh and I burst into tears, but also the part where we eat cake. I love car trips and I love the stopping for a break and I love the getting back on the road. And it was fun spending time with just two of the kids, and seeing my extended family.
Here are some things I wish I'd brought more of:
- Baggies in assorted sizes. I used them for so many things: keeping Edward's sippee cups from leaking all over the diaper bag, stashing diapers after having to change children in the pastor's office and not wanting to leave him any little gifts in his trash can, taking along extra food from restaurants, packing up things still wet from being rinsed out, etc. I could have used a whole BOX of baggies.
- Nursing pads. I don't know if it was the stress or what, but I kept leaking through my shirts. For the wedding, I put three pads in each side and still was in danger of an embarrassing situation. I had to stuff a cloth napkin in there at the reception.
Here are some things I was very, very glad I brought along:
- A changing pad. I used it in every gross rest stop bathroom, and also on the bed or desk in the hotel room, and also on my lap when I had to change Henry in the car twice (parked car, not moving car).
- Infant saline nose drops. I grabbed them on impulse the morning we left, and Henry got a cold on the third day and needed the drops in order to nurse.
- Infant gas drops. I think being in his car seat all day gave Henry more trouble digesting than usual.
- Quarters. I brought them along for vending machines, and didn't need them for that--but we hadn't thought of needing coins for city parking, and we needed a whole lot of them for that.
- A whole box of diaper wipes. I used them for diaper changes, hand washes, table wipings, after-meal face washings, crusty nose cleansings. For a longer trip, I'd bring a refill pack of wipes in my suitcase, but a box for 4 days was about right.
- Sippee cups. I brought two, and that was perfect: one to fill with milk at the continental breakfast or at other meals where milk was available, the other to keep filled with water in the diaper bag.
- Ibuprofen. Dramamine. Benadryl.
- Every single toy and DVD I bought for Edward. The six-hour drive took us more than twelve hours on the way there because of construction, traffic, and nursing stops. I don't regret a single purchase, and in fact this one almost went in the category of things I could have brought more of.
- Extra receiving blankies. Henry spit up all over two of them.
Here's a photo of Edward and Henry in our hotel room: