It’s 21 hours driving straight through. When two babies are involved it takes about 2 days. Ugh. Even now, 6 weeks later, I cringe when I think about it. Shelley and I were chatting about it, and I think making the drive to Texas is like being pregnant. It’s miserable when you’re doing it, and it takes a good amount of time to forget about how crappy it is. Then you do it all over again. In our case, however, that may not be for quite some time. Thank goodness.
For our first long drive together as a fam, it really wasn’t too bad. We were in the truck which gave us a ton more space and was a lot more comfortable than if we had tried to cram into our little Corolla. June was pretty much perfect because she’s so easily entertained. I bought her a little Melissa & Doug watercolor book thing, and she literally painted in it for four hours straight. It was amazing. Christian, considering he’s an 18 month old baby and not quite old enough to be entertained by movies or books, did really well. He doesn’t nap for long periods of time in the car and we had a few intense screaming fits, but for the most part, the kids were absolute champs.
We stopped for the night somewhere in New Mexico and had our first family experience in a hotel… we decided to make it fun and took the kids swimming in the pool and ordered pizza. Both were mind-blowingly exciting for the kids, so I’m counting it as a success. Christian was really nervous about the pool for the first few minutes, but after he calmed down a bit he had a blast. June- outfitted with her little puddle-jumper floaty- was like a little fish and just yelled and swam happily the whole time. When bedtime came around, Christian was pretty ticked about being put in the bathroom in his crib, so he and Todd had to go take a walk through the lobby for a bit to get him calmed down. June was pretty pumped to have a queen size bed all to herself, and again was so great.
The next day we finally made it to our new house! I’ll share more details about the house in another post. June was so excited to see it in person- she had only seen photos and some facetime videos up until that point, so it was like Christmas morning when we actually let her see it in person.
The only time the kids were asleep at the same time- about 40 minutes left in the drive… All in all- the drive went about as smooth as it could, and I’m so glad!