December 20, 2007

Travel Woes

Talk about a whirlwind drive! We hammered out 1000 miles on Sunday making it to Lincoln, Nebraska; then pushed 700 miles on Monday to make it to our destination in Michigan. It actually went much better than we had anticipated. KT did fairly well in the car (all things considered) and the dogs were better than 2 years ago when we made the drive.

The bad part of the trip is that KT is sick (bronchitis, bronchiolitis and an ear infection). She literally started coughing less than 12 hours before we had to get on the road. And it progressively got worse the more miles we tacked on the odometer. Which was part of our push to get to Michigan so quickly -- to get her out of the car seat and into a doctor. Considering how sick she was she rode really well.

Her being sick is bad for numerous reasons. First of all, having to take her to a different doctor (and probably one that is out of network); second, her being sick away from home and her own crib; and lastly, how it affects our schedule of visits with others. Yesterday and/or today I was planning on visiting two great friends and their new babies. But there is no way I'm going to take Katie around any other kids until she's better (or unless it's unavoidable) and since there's a good chance I will come down with something I'm afraid that even if I visit alone, I'm carrying nasty germs. This also affects who we might visit with next week. I'm super bummed about this as I haven't seen these friends since KT and I were in Michigan in February. Being a responsible parent (and friend) means the health of our kiddos comes first.

And now...on to the rant portion of this post.

Why is it that gas stations/restaurants/rest areas do NOT have changing tables in the restrooms? There's no way I'm setting my child on the floor to change her diaper. And it even somewhat grosses me out to lay a changing pad down and then put her down. When it's in the single digits though, it's impossible to change her in the car without getting a nice chilly draft on her bare cheeks. Seriously though. Nebraska was the worst.

After driving along at a 75mph posted speed limit on I-80 through Wyoming, Nebraska and Iowa it feels like you've moving in slow motion when you hit the Illinois border and the speed limit drops to 65mph. It took almost two hours to get used to driving slower.

And C and I have come to the conclusion that I have become a homebody. Which is sad in itself as I love traveling. But I've learned that I miss the comforts and familiarity of my own home. There's just something about my own bed, my own pillow, my own shower, getting ready when all of your stuff is in the bathroom (versus digging through a bag for it), my own coffee get the drift.

But despite the things that have bugged me, it has been great seeing KT interact with her grandparents. She's developed so much since the last time they saw her. I think that will be the best part of this holiday -- watching her interact with the people that love her almost as much as I do.

As this might be my last post until after we uproot and take up residence with my family...



Jessica said...

I'm just so glad that she's feeling better now that you've got some meds in her. I can't wait to see how her and D interact with each other now that they're "mobile". Should be fun!

I agree with the rest stations/restaurants comment. They are gross, and I wouldn't put my child on the floor to change them either. Definitely makes for major inconvenience.

And the homebody thing....I think the older we get, the more we are like that honestly. I find myself just feeling out of sorts on just a day trip, glad to finally be home, etc. I can't imagine what it would feel like for two weeks or more. At least you have laundry facilities, that's definitely a plus. Nothing's more fun than having a baby/infant that always needs clothes/diapers washed and you don't have the facilities.

Anyways, can't wait to see you guys in a couple of days.

Brenda L said...

I don't understand it when restaurants don't have changing tables. It's almost like they're inviting people to change their babies on the table! (Not that I'd ever do that, but some parents might when given no other alternative.)

I've changed my baby in the car before. I put the passenger seat down (which is still not completely horizontal). The Husband held the baby on the seat back while I changed the diaper. It was better than changing him in the cold or leaving him in a yucky diaper, but it wasn't fun or easy.

Jessica said...

So glad you made it there safely and that KT did well on the car ride! I am so sorry she is sick though and I hope she gets better quickly. Poor lady!! :(

I have become a homebody too...I hate being away from my own bed, pillow, I hear ya on that!!

I hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family!! :)

marci said...

A belated Merry Christmas with a timely Happy New Year!

I'm glad you survived the marathon drive in spite of all the adversity. And my husband says, "You wonder why we don't drive to Ohio with the dogs?"

I hope you have a delightful visit with the families and a safe journey back home. Look forward to your blog in 2008.