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Avery's First Road Trip

A rare moment of happiness.

We survived part one of our road trip this weekend. Just barely.

Other than our quick trip home from the hospital, Avery has never been in a car. With us living in the city, we don’t own a car and rely on walking and public transportation to get us almost everywhere.

A couple of weeks ago my husband and I planned a trip to Washington, DC. Due to the fact that we have two dogs and were taking them with us, we had to rent a car instead of taking the train.

We planned on leaving early in the morning so that we would have most of the day to explore. I honestly thought that Avery would be fine in the car because we were driving during her normal nap time. I guess I probably expected too much because things did not run as smoothly as I had hoped.

Because neither of my daughters are used to  being in car seats, it was four hours of fussiness. If one was quiet, then the other was fussing. Avery slept for a total of one hour the entire trip.

I was debating before we left if I should just pump and feed it to her or if we should pull over so I could nurse her. I ended up pumping right before we left for the trip so I could have a bottle on hand just in case. When it was time for her to eat, she fussed with me giving her the bottle because she likes for everyone else but me to do it. There was so much traffic that we couldn’t pull over for me to nurse her. After about an hour of me trying to feed her, she finally got the entire bottle down.

I thought she would be great the rest of the trip and sleep. She didn’t. I sat in the middle of both girls for the rest of the trip trying to entertain them both. Towards the end, we had both of them crying because they were so ready to get out of their car seats.

I am hoping our trip home on Sunday goes more smoothly.

How was your first road trip with the baby?

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