Like many of our “before Bekah” plans, a visit to Morristown, New Jersey, to see Chris’ grandfather was delayed indefinitely when Bekah took a trip to Akron, Ohio, instead. Originally, we planned to make the trip to New Jersey when the baby was about 3 months old.
We figured he or she would still be mostly in the sleep and eat stage and so it wouldn’t really matter that we were trapped in a car for over six hours because the baby would be doing exactly the same things in the carseat that he or she would have done at home—sleeping and eating.
Bekah did take her first trip when she was 3 months old, but instead of six hours to New Jersey, she went 45 minutes from Akron to our house.
So, last weekend, instead of taking a sleeping and eating 3 month old, we took a wild and crazy 7 month old to meet her furthest away great-grandfather…and thankfully, it didn’t go quite as bad as we had feared.
Since Bekah has been sleeping through the night basically since open heart surgery (well, sometimes in the middle of a growth spurt she wakes up because she thinks she is starving, and once a few weeks ago she rolled over and got stuck under her little aquarium soother toy and needed some help getting free around 3 in the morning), a lot of people suggested that we make the trip at night so that she would sleep the whole way.
That would have been fine, except that we like to sleep too, and we were only going for the weekend so we wanted to maximize our visiting time.
Because Bekah is usually a good carseat traveler (we’ve made the two hour trip to visit my parents and grandparents without a problem) we decided to compromise. We’d leave in the evening so she could sleep part of the time and we wouldn’t look like zombies the next day.
We forgot to factor in that Bekah is super nosy. She wants to see and investigate everything. She did great in the car until the sun went down, and then, when she couldn’t see her toys or look out the window, she became irate.
It was probably under a minute (but it felt like forever) before I hurdled the seat, Zune in hand, and turned that frown upside down. Well, ok, it had nothing to do with me. I just hit the buttons that started a slideshow so Bekah could watch pictures of herself.
After that, our little diva was perfectly contented with the rest of the trip…lesson learned—our child is NOT the same as everyone else’s. I guess we should have already known that, but that probably won’t stop us from taking advice before the next trip in a few months – when we take an even wilder and even crazier 9 month old.
Read the rest of Sarah and Rebekah’s story through her blog, Following Your Heart.