Robin and I are pretty good road-trippers if I say so myself, and often times we end up opting to drive home rather than fly so that we have a car while here. This makes it much easier to get around Minneapolis and St. Paul, as well as drive to Madison. This paired with airfare prices that are only getting more expensive meant hitting the road.
We took our time, and everything went well. One of us sat in the back with Lydia the whole time, we packed a crate with books and toys, and listened to music. Somehow, we managed to drive across the country with zero meltdowns from Lydia. She is a trooper; I am so proud of her.
Currently, I have no way of uploading photos from my camera, but I am eager to post about the 4th (3rd?) of July parade I went to this morning, meeting Drew Q. for the first time and spending some time with his wonderful parents, and just how much Grandma and Grandpa H. love their granddaughter. Until then, I will try to take iPhone pictures to post and my little Top Five list will have to hold you over!
5.) Book on tape for naptime. My choice for this ride was Eating Animals by Jonathan Safron Foer.
4.) Cooler of delicious protein-filled snacks for all. This limited our mealtime stops. (See #3) This included cheese, peanut butter, nuts and trail mix, and whole milk for Lydia.
3.) A bib and solid-ish foods. We did lots of car eating so that stops could be limited to diaper changes and running around.
2.) Pacifier or food with which to pacify. We threw all rules on pacifier time and portion control to the wind. A non-crying baby = a happy mama.
1.) As many books as possible. Seriously, we brought 20. Why? Because "Oh, the wonderful sounds Mr. Brown can do..." is a lot to take on round 20 or 30 when cooped up in a car with nowhere to go.