Hi again! 2 posts in 2 days, I *know*. But this one's shorter.
I wouldn't normally advertise that we're going out of town, but I need some advice. (And burglars beware: someone will be at our house taking care of our animals, so don't even think about busting in.) This Sunday we will leave to go to VA on a trip for Clark's work, and then the following Friday leave from there for a visit in MD for the weekend. On Sunday the 3rd, we'll drive straight back from MD to SC. On previous trips sans baby, home to VA was about a 7-8 hour trip, VA to MD was 4-5 hours, and MD to SC was about 9 hours, all including stops for gas and food.
We are not going to take any bottles on this week long trip. While Lily Mae has had about a dozen of them in her life, I really don't like giving them to her when I have a perfectly good supply on hand. Or on... well, nevermind. The only times she's gotten them is when I was involved in something that couldn't be stopped to satisfy her hunger, such as band practice or small group. On these road trips, though, we're really not in any rush, so there's no reason we can't make stops to feed her. She eats every 3 hours during the day and it takes about an hour from start to finish including a diaper change. I anticipate that the legs of the journey should increase to SC/VA - 9 hours, VA/MD - 6 hours, MD/SC - 12 hours.
So here are some questions I have for those of you with experience. Obviously there is no choice but to leave Lily Mae in her car seat while we're moving. But she's only three months old! She already gets fussy when she's bored, and that seems like such a long time for her to just be sitting there staring at the back of the backseat. She does sleep well in the car, but if she sleeps the whole day on the road then she'll be a total mess at night. I suspect that if that's the case, she'll get back to a normal schedule just when it's time to make the next leg of the trip, thus creating over a week of chaos for her.
How do I make such a long journey with a baby without totally screwing her up? I really need some good advice. I'm so very nervous about this trip. The weekend before last we went to visit Clark's parents who live just on the western side of the state only three hours away. I fed her before we left and should have stopped on the way to feed her again but she was just sleeping so peacefully. So we didn't stop. By the time we got there she was way over-hungry, didn't eat well, didn't sleep well, and didn't recover from it the entire time. It was a disaster for my baby (and for me by association). I'm trying to avoid that happening again, but since this trip is going to be almost three times as long my fears are running rampant. Please give me some advice on how to make this road trip the best it can be! Comment away!