We woke up at 4 am. Green had just nursed and was back asleep but stirred awake when I got out of bed. Darn. Princess Daddy and I took turns holding her while getting dressed and packing the last of our things.
I got Pink, Purple and Orange up at 4:40. They dressed, used the bathroom and got in the van. We packed up a few last things and were ready to leave at 5 am on the dot. Just as I was locking the door, I asked the girls if they had their pillows. NO. Good thing I went back to get them. Our last suitcase was still upstairs. Oops.
5:05 am and on the road.
5:35 am we crossed the Missouri Illinois state line just as the sun was rising and full moon was setting.
6:00 I passed out breakfast. Sausage (cooked the night before and served cold), smoothies in our Squeasy Snacker pouches and gf, df chocolate zucchini muffins from Costco.
6:35 Stopped at a gas station for bathroom breaks and to nurse the baby. The changing table was labeled in 8 different languages. We really enjoyed “wicklelanderslogen”
6:50 Back on the road. Listening to Adventures of Odyssey.
7:20 Green finally fell back asleep. Fingers crossed she gets a good nap in for a couple hours.
8:05 Changed discs to the Descendants 2 Soundtrack. Green woke up dancing. LOL. She is happy so far. We just crossed the Illinois Indiana state line.
9:40 We lost an hour due to the time change and stopped for another bathroom/diaper change/nursing break. Back on the road and watching a movie now: Descendants. Everyone ate a snack from their bags. Popcorners, a new snack for us, are DELICIOUS.
11:10 Stopped again to nurse. Green is so overtired. We’re in Indiana and the roads are just horrible. Every time we hit a pothole she starts crying again. Still making good time. Trying to keep trucking along. God has provided us with much patience this morning. We’re about 1/3 of the way there.
11:40 She’s out.
12:25 pm (Reminder we are on EST now) We crossed the Indiana Ohio state line about 30 minutes ago. Green just woke up and we are eating our bagged lunches while driving. (Princess Daddy eats while I’m nursing the baby.)
1:30 Stopped at a rest area so Pink, Purple and Orange could get out and run. And boy did they run! We refilled our waters too. Nursed Green again and she enjoyed some applesauce. She’s getting mad at me for putting her back in the car seat so much now. We are 7 1/2 hours in and just about halfway there. Oh and I’m told the turkey and beef sticks we got from Trader Joe’s for our lunch bags taste like pepperoni pizza.
3:20 Stopped for another nursing break. Green is sticking to her every 2 hours or less nursing schedule so if we stop for 20 min of every 2 hours, we will make it there by next Tuesday. Hahaha. I’m KIDDING. *Hopefully* our next stop will be for dinner. Currently watching Moana and praying the baby takes her nap without a lot of sad tears first. I miss my snuggles with her.
3:50 Crossed the Ohio West Virginia state line. Baby is still awake.
4:00 And into Pennsylvania now. Green still awake. Orange is napping though. 🙂
5:00 pm We are on the turnpike with no good food choices so cruising on for now. All four girls are OUT. I had to use my white noise app to help Green finally give in. She was so tired, poor thing.
7:00 pm. On the road again after having to stop for gas and a desperately hungry baby fresh off her nap. The good news? There’s a Chipotle and MOD Pizza right by where we are staying. The bad news? That’s 2 hours away and we are still in no man’s land. So dinner was??! Arby’s. Womp, womp. Orange rates it a 4 out of 10 and says her favorite part of the meal was the Capri Sun and the applesauce pouch. LOLOLOLOL. Green got to nurse for a nice long time and I could tell how happy she was to have her mommy. I can’t wait to snuggle her in bed tonight. Alllllllmost there. In the home stretch now. We listened to some Ed Sheeran while the kids napped and are now rocking out to the Trolls Soundtrack.
8:20 Last stop. Maybe. Praying so! Green nursed, got a fresh diaper and she’s so mad about being in the car still. Me too, lady.
9:10 Nope. ARE WE THERE YET?!?
10:00 pm We finally pulled in just before 10. 17 hours of driving. Took 1 hour less than I jokingly imagined. The last “3 hours to go” took 5 hours to complete. After the stop at 9, I literally begged God to bring peace to my baby. Nothing hurts my heart more than to have her so upset and not know why she can’t have her momma. She fell asleep minutes after!! We spent the last hour of the drive admiring the moon rising in front of us and wondering just how high into the mountain we had to climb. It’s so dark I have no idea what our view looks like. I can’t wait to see though.
Now it’s time for VACATION to start. 🙂