For as long as I can remember, I have made a bi-annual trek to Dayton, OH with my family to visit some of our wonderful extended family. I have lots of great memories and was excited 4 years ago when Aaron got to join me for the first time. This year is Chloe’s first chance to go, and although I am excited, we have to survive the drive first.
From door-to-door, the trip is 612 miles. Six hundred and twelve miles with a cutie who has gotten restless as the weather has gotten colder and she’s been stuck inside more – but still able to run around. Six hundred and twelve miles with an adorable little girl who sometimes gets tired of being in the car on a short trip across town or waiting for a train. Six hundred and twelve miles….
On the drive out, we’re breaking it up into 2 days. Tuesday afternoon/evening, we hope to make it to Indianapolis. Assuming that Chloe falls asleep in the car for her regular afternoon nap and again around bedtime, she should sleep for a good portion of Tuesday’s drive. We’ll finish with just a short drive to Dayton on Wednesday. The trip home, however, we are doing all in 1 day.
I’ve already resigned myself to the fact that Chloe will probably spend most of the 1024 miles with some sort of snack in hand. I’ve also accepted that we’ll be making even more stops than we did 2 years ago when we made the trip with 2 pregnant women with tiny bladders. We’ve been clinging to Chloe’s two nap-a-day schedule, even though she’s been giving clues that she might be ready for just one, in hopes that she’ll sleep just a little more during our drive. I have a few new toys for Chloe to play with and we’ve stocked up on DVD’s of her favorite show, The Backyardigans. (It’s her favorite, because it’s one of the only shows she gets to watch, because it’s one of the only shows mom and dad don’t mind watching!!) And Chloe will have mom, dad, Nanna and Dudad in the car to entertain her, aka – she’ll be in heaven. It will be fine. We will all survive. I’m aware of this, but I wouldn’t really be me if I didn’t worry, right??