We did it. We survived driving halfway across the country with the kids for a second time. When we did it the first time to go out west, it seemed so so so much easier. Zoey was only 5 weeks old so she slept most of the way, Nick wasn’t cutting 5 teeth at the same time and Alex was excited to go see Nana and Papa. Coming back… Zoey is 11 weeks old and enjoys her awake time and her play time, Nick is cutting 5 teeth all at the same time, and Alex was mad at us for taking him ‘away’ from Nana and Papa. /sigh/ It was a long trip back.
Day one: Day one we travelled from Winnipeg, MB to Thunder Bay ON. That leg of the trip is 708 Km’s or 440 Miles. It took us about 9 hours. The kids were great on this part. They were happy to play in their car seats, watch movies, etc. It wasn’t until the last half hour or so that they started getting cranky. I was cautiously optimistic that the trip was going to be easy. Until we went to put them to bed. After fighting with them for 3 hours, they finally went to sleep and we all got about 8 hours of sleep before we set out for Day 2.
Day two: Day two we travelled from Thunder Bay, ON to Sault Ste Marie, ON. This leg of the trip was the same length as day one and took us the same length of time. Day two was a little more hilly than day one and the ups and downs were really bothering Nick, so he was a whiney mess all day which resulted in him and Alex not napping well in the van. Which sucked. Both of them were in bed by 530pm. And up at 2am ready to go. Since we had gone to sleep when the boys did, we were feeling pretty well rested and decided to start day 3 instead of fighting to get the kids to go back to sleep just to have to wake them up in a few hours to start our day anyway.
Day three: Day three was supposed to be Sault Ste Marie, ON to Ottawa, ON, which would have been 795 km’s or 494 miles, but since we left so early we hit Ottawa at about lunchtime and it seemed a little ridiculous to stop that early in the day. The kids were cranky. Nick’s teeth were bugging the hell out of him and he was letting us all know it. Around the time we hit Ottawa I gave in and gave him Tylenol. I don’t like to give the kids meds if I don’t have too. But he was obviously in pain, he was keeping his brother and sister awake from his whining and screaming. His screaming was distracting Hubs from driving and it was driving us all insane. So anyways. When we hit Ottawa we decided to keep going. All the way home. In total this leg of the trip was 1819 Km’s or 1130 miles. It took us until 4am to make it into our house. I was so excited to climb into bed. The last day of the drive was stressful. My anxiety level was through the roof. First, I hate driving through Montreal, QC. The traffic is nuts, and we hit dinner hour rush when we went through, and we didn’t grab the kids dinner before we hit Montreal so the hour we spent trying to get through Montreal was made that much worse by the boys whining they were hungry.
Then of course there was the lovely gentleman who tried to cut us off and when he was unsuccessful (as we were too far up and his lane was ending) decided he would just try to drive into the side of our van. When Hubs honked at him, he started swearing at us. I, being stressed and anxious and tired and hungry, started yelling back at him and in the process taught my kids a couple new words. Thankfully, I haven’t heard any of them come out of the kids mouths.
I also hate driving in the dark. Or being a passenger in the vehicle when it is dark. Especially when we have been on the road for 24 hrs +. We did stop a few times so Hubs could nap in the car (I don’t drive, so he does all the driving) and the kids and I would go play in the rest area for an hour or so.
So anyways, finally at about 4am we got home. Alex and Zoey decided they didn’t want to go back to bed, so I got to be up from that point on.
Which is why there was no post yesterday. I wasn’t ‘there’ enough to handle much, and after I got groceries, opened the mail, returned phone calls and caught up on (hopefully) all of your lovely blogs I was done.
So this was my adventurous road trip this week. It was long. It was stressful. But I would do it again. Just not right now.
Love, hugs and more to come later!