Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Elliott's first road trip

When Elliott was 6 weeks old (this last weekend), she went on her first road trip to visit Mimi and Pawpaw (my parents) in Texas. Her aunts and uncles were able to come visit as well. I was a little worried because it is a 4 hour drive but she did awesome! On the way down, we didn't even have to stop (even though Kev and I were in need of a serious pee break after our Starbucks), and on the way back we just stopped once for a nursing/pee/dinner break. We did discover she startles in her car seat EVERY time we go over a bump in the road (stupid Oklahoma roads), so I had to sit in the back with her with a hand over her. I was planning on taking a nap, which is a little difficult with you arm outstretched, but then I used my Boppy as a neck rest and was able to get a little nap. Who would have thought that Boppy had so many uses?! On the return trip, Kev tucked a blanket around her and it worked like a charm to keep her from startling.
Our view in our car mirror...such a cutie and she LOVES her pacifier.
My view turning around from the passenger seat...minus the blurriness.

We had a great time with the fam just relaxing and watching lots of football (BOOMER SOONER, sorry Tech). I was afraid Miss E would get all off her schedule, but she really stuck to it and did okay sleeping during the night (no 8 hour stretches again, but I'll take 4-6 hours). She loved all the attention and getting held a lot!

On Sunday, we also got to spend some time with my cousins and their kids. It was a wonderful trip and it made us even more thankful for family!
Elliott was a hit with all the little girls...
a real live baby.
The boys could care less. Uncle Marcus was schooling them on playing Super Mario.

Taking a football break to chat.
Cousins loving on Pa.
And so you'll know I was actually there.

I guess we're ready for a vacation now...well, maybe not quite yet. How old do you think a baby has to be for a fun traveling experience?


  1. I think any travel experience can be fun no matter what age but I totally understand the question. We're debating on going to Cedar Point in Ohio next May and Callie will be 8 months old so hopefully that will all work out. It looks like you had a fun time. We're going to Jason's parents house this weekend (a 2 hour trip) but then in October (about Callie's 6 week mark) we're flying out to see my parents in New Mexico so that'll be the real test. Elliot is already so big - it's hard to believe that in a few short weeks my baby will be that big too - you both look great!

  2. Yay! Glad y'all had a successful first road trip! And I cannot believe you made it that far with no potty break--haha!

  3. We're planning on taking Paisley to Vegas with us in February for Aaron's vet conference. So we'll find out if that's too early or not! :)

  4. We traveled to California when Alex was around 11 weeks. That was our first big trip with a baby. I was so nervous, but he did great! Since then we traveled ...well, the longest - Central Asia - it was a LOT of work. So, from my perspective - younger the better.

  5. Yes, the younger the better. It's better if they are still sleeping a lot. I had great trips with her flying from DFW to Tulsa (just the two of us) when she was little). The older she got the harder it was. We flew to Colorado when Haisley was 13 months old and it was okay. I just really didn't feel like I had a vacation. I would've enjoyed myself better if she would've stayed home with grandparents. I needed a break! Justin and I went to NYC for our first vacation without her a month after that and it was great! We are planning on going to San Antonio next summer with her. Hopefully we will all have fun!