Well, car did get packed and ice chest loaded, but the kiddo--he wasn't so much into continuing his slumber. I left the radio off and tried to politely ignore him so he'd fall back asleep. But leaving current Hometown, TX is on interstate with lots of lights around and lots of big trucks to draw attention. With my fingers crossed while holding the wheel (ok, yea figuratively), all I could do was chuckle as we passed 18-wheeler after 18-wheeler and The Sheriff took out his paci long enough to say "buh! buh." Translation--big! big!
Love that kid.
So he didn't stay asleep, but he was super mellow and agreeable (not that he's ever really not), and I'd consider the same schedule on future trips. In fact, I did the same to come home, but leaving LA was much darker, and I think he dozed off for a while after we left.
The trip itself was a tasty little mixture of fun with family and yucky little virus. Yep, apparently as we drove home a nasty little virus was rearing its ugly head to wreak havoc on our little ball of awesome. (Side note -- he's not really a ball anymore, but more an avalanche of awesome. Another post.) More to come on this little virus later this week, but we stuck it out and lived and learned, and most importantly loved.
This is how we roll at Grandpa and Grammie's house. Literally.
The Sheriff loved rides on the gator, porch trucks, and playing near resting giant dogs!
When you get to see your grandmother that you haven't seen in forever, totally sober antics ensue:
We headed over to Mamie's house and did some playing with this little guy. What a great "big" cousin with an amazing dad. He shared so sweetly, played so gently, and taught W so kindly. He's such a reflection of my brother.
The next picture is terribly taken but captures such a sweet moment. Sleep deprived myself and hoping to get W to nap, I had to throw in the towel for a bit before taking The Sheriff to the doctor. Mamie saved the day in pure grandmother style. He was out like a light!
We didn't take too many pictures this trip, but I learned a lot about myself and how I can be there for our child. Those are the moments that matter.