Last weekend, we made the 571-mile road trip to Great Falls, Montana, to celebrate Harper's Great-Grandmother's 90th birthday. We had an amazing time and learned several lessons:
- Disposable diapers do not hold in poop as well as cloth ones. With that, our diaper bag should always contain a change of clothing for Harper AND for me.
- We should take at least one full bottle of pumped milk for every two hours on the road.
- Strollers aren't needed on family trips. Someone is always willing (begging?) to hold the baby.
- Ditto for the activity mat, bags full of toys, etc.
- Don't count on a schedule when traveling with an infant. Take frequent breaks. Relax. Breathe.
- My new dream car is a hybrid minivan.
I really stressed about how well Harper would hold up to 10+ hours (each way) on the road. She did fine though, and we only really experienced one bout of fussiness toward the end of the trip home. It was nothing a little beside-the-road nursing couldn't solve...and some Indian takeout when we got home.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip:
Harper and her chubby cheeks...we affectionately call them her "sugar bags" since they get so many kisses.
Harper and her daddy
More sugar bag action...
Mommy and Harper
My blue-eyed girl
Yes, I know...she looks like a boy. She's wearing a boy's outfit. (Who cares?!) I could kiss that precious face all day long...
Oh, the many faces of Harper...
Mommy, Harper, the Birthday Girl and Daddy
I love this girl more than anything in the world. Anything. She makes me want more (dot dot dot)
She makes me so happy.
Harper's beautiful Great-Grandmother, Eleanor (AKA Nana).
A random favorite shot from Harper's Great Aunt and Uncle's ranch.