This past weekend, we drove down to Florida. We were there for a grant total of exactly 24 hours and 32 minutes (and spent 15 hours and 6 minutes total on the road). We had planned on staying longer, but since the drive down had been so taxing on Lexi (who had a monumental freak out in the main dining hall of Cracker Barrel halfway through the drive down), we opted to cut the trip short and split the drive over two days. An impromptu stay at a hotel in Macon, Georgia was well worth having a much less stressful roadtripping experience (notice I didn’t say stress free).
As an aside, I completely forgot what long distance travel with an infant was like. Suffice it to say that I spent the majority of the trip wedged in between two car seats in the backseat of the Subaru alternately shaking a rattle, making faces at the baby, helping Parker annihilate zombies in an iPad game and precariously dangling myself over Lexi’s car seat in an attempt to nurse her while the car was in motion. I have bruised ribs as a memento of the trip.
Even with all that, the trip was worth it as Lexi got to meet her great-grandmother for the first time. Here is Lexi with her Nana (the Irishman’s mom) and her great-grandmother.
And then we had to play the usual game of ‘pass the baby.’ Here is Lexi and her Nana together.
And Lexi and her Aunt Meg.
And Lexi and her pappi.
If you look in the mirror in the next picture, you’ll see how many of us were trying to get Miss Lexi to smile!
Apparently, she was not impressed with our efforts. Finally, Parker got in on the photo action, too. What’s funny is that there was a toy right in front of Lexi and she wanted to grab it. So. Bad.
And just like that, we’re back home again. Thankfully, it won’t be long before our next round of visitors (my parents in September) and we’re going to attempt another trip to Florida in October. Hopefully by then, I’ll have lost the remaining baby weight. I can use all the help I can get for fitting in between those car seats!