We set out on this trip to Indiana to attend B's cousin's wedding. We left Wednesday afternoon and drove due north, stopping at a hotel in Tennessee. The next day we arrived at B's family home just north of Indianapolis. The wedding was in Fort Wayne, which was another 2 hours, and for one night we stayed another hour away at B's family lake house in Michigan. That makes me exhausted just thinking about it. (Yes, I'm still recovering!!)
We had to stop about every 3 hours to feed baby as we traveled, but we had a system. Basically, Cora is the fussiest eater in public when we don't have our comfy pillow set up like we do at home. She also takes forever to eat and only wants to be held in one specific way which kills my arm. So I pumped. In the passenger seat. We fed her bottles, which she sucks down so quickly that we actually have to pace her. Yes, it was a pain in the butt rinsing out bottles and pump parts in rest area bathrooms, but it could have been worse (my arm thanks me). I also became acutely aware of places that didn't have changing tables in their bathrooms (I'm lookin' at you, Burger King). But once Cora was fed and changed, back she went into the car seat where she usually cried for about 5 minutes or so and then fell asleep. All in all, a pretty peaceful journey.
And if you're wondering, I absolutely do not agree with the "lean" system that some breastfeeding mothers use. (They sit in the backseat and lean over the car seat to nurse.) I don't care if you still have your seat belt on, it's not safe for you or your baby. Alright, I'll get down from my soapbox now.
Okay, enough about our systems. Cora has now been to 6 states! Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana, and Michigan. Soon enough she'll catch up to my 47, right?
|Cora in her fancy dress|
|Cora got to meet all her aunts and uncles on B's side of the family!|
|We met this other baby girl at the reception who is only one day older than Cora!|
|My fussy baby and me|