Riding In Cars With Babies

So, today we embark on a long road trip. We are going to visit my family about three hours away. Not so long a road trip for most people, but it is kind of a long trip for me. Especially at the price of gas right now.

Gas prices are another subject altogether though. I am not writing about gas prices. I am writing about taking my almost 5 month old daughter on a 3 hour car ride today.

See, when I was pregnant, I had to pee a lot. So, when we went on this car ride, we were sure that I would have to stop the car and pee every hour and the three hours would triple to like nine or something. That didn’t happen, baby Peyton in the womb was very kind to me and never made me stop the car to pee.

Peyton is the Princess

I have a feeling, baby Peyton, now the tiny ruler of the universe, will not be so happy to oblige. Let me tell you why I think this:

When the car is going, Peyton is happy. If the car stops for any reason, she screams. If a fast paced song comes on the radio, she screams. If the sun gets in her face, she screams. If the bass is too much for her (AKA rap or hip hop), she screams. If she is bored, she screams.

Fun, right?

This is her “Do What I Say” face.

So, I have tried to be prepared. However, packing for my 5 month old tends to also be a chore. We will be out of town for 4 days. This means she has her own bag full of outfits and onesies. She can’t share the same suitcase as her Mommies and she certainly can’t fit her clothes, books, and toys in the diaper bag. The diaper bag has all the ‘just in case’ medicine, diapers, super awesome wipes, formula and several extra bottles.

Yes, I realize my daughter is … kind of spoiled.

No more pictures!!

I’m not worried about that. What I am worried about is getting to her many toys and such while I am driving. I am not sure if her Mama will be in the back seat with her or sleeping in the front seat with me. That is something we have yet to discuss.

So, for the time being, I have two toys attached to her car seat – they are a big bouncing pink pig that makes music when she pulls on it and Darwin the monkey. Why is the monkey so important?

He has a mirror on his belly.

Why is this important?

The mirror holds her best friend. That girl in the mirror that cracks her up!

That girl in the mirror has a Grammy too!

Hope everyone has a great weekend and I will see the family I will see while we are in town.

Take Care ❤

Can’t wait to see Uncle Cody again! We can share a bite of astronaut!

My Baby Toe Is Asleep



The Side-effects of Being Pregnant



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Right now, the biggest issue I have is that my limbs keeping falling asleep. Not the numb, can’t feel them asleep, but the tingling, oh my good god, ridiculous asleep. From my toes to my fingers and everything in between, something is bound to fall asleep or stab me at any given moment.
Having a baby factory in my belly is not something I fully prepared for. I knew the basics, but no one really tells you about the weird shit your body goes through in the process.
The biggest thing I am concerned about right now is that I have to drive to my family reunion this weekend. The drive is about 2 and a half, three hours. That was before I became the pee machine. I can be wandering around the house, carrying on a conversation and all of a sudden “Oh, I have to pee.” It just comes on without any warning. Most of the side-effects to being pregnant are like that. Everything happens so suddenly, without warning, and without any real reason. With that said, my partner is sure that I will have to pee every five minutes and it will turn a 2 and half, three hour car ride into a six hour car ride.
I am also incredibly tired. Who knows at what time of day I might just decide I need a nap. I don’t know about anyone else, but there isn’t really a time that you can just go take a nap when you have a job. Most jobs don’t allow you to get up and walk around every hour or so. I admit, I would love to be able to, so if you have a job like that, please send me a link so I can apply. Haha. In the end, I generally go to work, come home around 9pm, eat dinner and go to bed. I don’t spend that much time with my partner, because I am just so exhausted. I wonder how this particular side-effect with come into play on drive to my family reunion.
Oh the horror of Acid Reflux. Let me tell you now that this stuff is terrible. I cannot eat Chipotle or Taco Bell with massive vomiting, but anything else, especially, my beloved fruit juices cause me to be up for hours at ridiculous hours of the night with acid reflux. This acid that builds up and sits at the back of my throat. It threatens to come pouring out and yet it never does. Instead, I sit in my bed, wishing to all the gods that I could vomit, with absolutely no success. I have discovered a fantastic thing that helps with it though. I went to the Health Food Market and found Chewable Papaya Tablets. They are just little tablets that you chew after a meal and all is better. I’m told that I should not eat TUMS and its likely just another thing on the growing list of PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT EAT, DRINK, TOUCH, SMELL, HEAR, FEEL LIST, but I don’t really wanna chance it. So, instead, I will stick with the all natural Papaya Tablets. I am recommending these to everyone!
I am sure that none of my ‘side-effects’ are any different or more difficult than anyone else’s and I love reading other mommy blogs, because it makes me realize I am not alone, thank goodness! So, we are on week 7 and I am so excited to get out there and start shopping, but I will restrain myself. People say you should always wait to do all that until you are passed the 3 month mark. So for now, I will keep shopping for a bigger place to live!