I left on Monday morning after Kai had completely loaded the car with our bags, pack n play, toys, food, books, and music we needed for the long trip ahead (he's such a great husband!). K and I headed out solo for the first time ever with an almost 14 hour trip ahead of us that would be split into 2 days. I started out with the friendly voice of my GPS leading the way, yet I was completely terrified because I was going to have a solid 11 hour drive the first day with my 19 month old son strapped into his car seat. I still have him rear facing because of the current recommendations and my fear of serious injures to him in the event of a crash. If you want to know more about car seat safety click on the link here I borrowed from my friend Jessica's blog. It's definitely not as fun as having him front facing, but I'd rather have him safe.
K did amazingly well the whole trip. There were moments of screaming (on his part--although I thought of joining him a few times), but I kept a supply of snacks and toys that I would continually hand back when he grew restless. We stopped for lunch, gas, bathrooms, and playtime and arrived at 8 p.m. in time for dinner and bed.
So here we are for the next few days. It will be the longest that Kai and I have been apart in our 10 years of marriage and it's already a lot harder than I thought it would be. I assumed the toughest part would be not having Kai's help with K, but actually the hardest part has been sleeping in an empty bed and not being able to talk with Kai in person every night. :-( At least we have face time on our iphones! That makes it a little easier! It's amazing how much I took these things for granted. I'm enjoying the time with family and friends right now, but am looking forward to being back home with my guy. Wish me luck--both for the next several days and for the return trip. Yikes! I don't even want to think about that yet!