So, we’ve done a bit of air travel with O, but have avoided car trips longer than an hour. That’s gonna change! Later this week we’re headed to Asheville, NC, and while I’m really looking forward to it (we’ve been talking about going to Asheville for…3 years?) I have to admit, I’m nervous about doing this with a kid.
I’m concerned about how much screaming a 5 and a half hour car trip will involve. On the one hand, he’s been a LOT better in the car than he was when he was an infant. (Ohmigawd, he screamed and screamed most of the time.) On the other hand – 5 and half hours in the car is a lot for ME, and I’m an adult capable of (mostly) keeping myself entertained. We’re hoping that he’ll sleep for a decent portion of the trip (we’re timing the drive to coincide with nap time) and we’re thinking that we’ll rig something so we can attach the iPad to the headrest so he can watch Caillou or a movie or something.
I’m hoping to see a LOT of this.
I’m MORE concerned with sleeping arrangements once we get there. I had wanted to stay downtown – I like to be able to wake up in the morning and walk to get coffee or breakfast when I’m on vacation. I hate hotel breakfasts, and usually the coffee is terrible, so being able to find a cafe or something easily goes a long way towards starting vacation off right. But staying downtown meant staying in a hotel room. And I couldn’t wrap my brain around how O would get any sleep if we were 15 feet away trying to talk, or read, or watch something on TV. He takes a LONG time to settle before bed, and if there are ANY distractions the process can take an hour. Selfishly, I didn’t want to have to go to bed at 8, or 9 every night so my kid could get some sleep. A suite seemed like the perfect option, except the hotels didn’t have suites. So downtown was out. (Sad me.)
We found a one bedroom-suite place a little out of town that has a dedicated bedroom and even a small kitchen. We’ll be able to put him to bed and then spend some time doing whatever until WE go to bed. I think that will work nicely. I’m hoping that he’ll be so exhausted from vacationing that he’ll sleep hard at night, because typically he’ll wake up if we need to go into his room at night (you know, to retrieve a cat or something), so I’m expecting that he’ll wake when we get ready to go to sleep. He doesn’t sleep through the night anyway, so I don’t know why the hell I’m worried about this.
Of course, all of this stress will be for nothing. I stress every time we travel. EVERY.SINGLE.TIME. About where he’s going to sleep, or what kind of nightmare he’s going to be
if when he doesn’t nap, about whether or not he’ll eat enough… I find ALL kinds of things to make me anxious. And then none of it matters a damn bit. Because once we get where we’re going, everything falls into place just fine. I’m trying to keep that in mind, and plan for a few possibilities, but remember that no matter what I plan for, there’s a damn good chance it won’t happen.
I would LOVE to hear your stories, and any tips you’ve picked up along the way. It helps me to know that I’m not the first person to encounter these things, and that we’ll totally get through it, and even have a great time while we’re doing it!