Oh. Dear. Lord.
What have I gotten myself into? I’m leaving on a cross-country car trip in less than a week with 3 kids, 2 and under. In a Saturn Vue. SATURN.VUE. That’s not a big vehicle if you haven’t noticed. Oh it’s PLENTY big if it’s just the two of us. Hell, it was plenty big with the four of us when we went out east last year. I’m not sure how this is going to work with five, but this is what we signed up for when I said I wanted another baby and I was not under any circumstances getting a mini-van. Ever.
I cleaned it out yesterday. All that’s in there right now are two umbrella strollers (well, one umbrella stroller- the other is in my dining room), a Baby Bjorn, a jug of anti-freeze and a behind the seat “organizer” that I’m pretty sure will not be the thing that keeps me organized on this trip.
At this point the car is looking pretty roomy. Unless you look at the three carseats in the backseat. Two Recaro Signos and a Sunshine Kids Radian. Boom! It’s doable people. I can even get the baby in and out while still standing on the ground- not something I could do 4 weeks ago mind you.
So the car is “clean”. What’s going into it? I’m still working on that. Here is what is NOT going into it.
Pack n Play– there are two double beds in our room at grandmas, these boys will get a lesson in sleeping in a big bed there and in Missoula I’m pretty sure someone (Awesome Auntie JuJu) is rounding up PnP’s for our stay there. And, much to my dismay, the baby is a co-sleeper. I know, I know. I had nothing to do with it. He likes the boob and at night likes to be quite near.
Cloth Diapers– We are leaving these at home. I love them, but I do think they are kind of a PITA to travel with. Sorry. Does that make me a bad cloth mom? Are you going to take away my Cloth Diapering Mom Card? Because I’m pretty sure having three kids in cloth full-time gives me a pass on disposables for a two week road trip.
Toys– We’ll bring one small wooden tote bin with books and toys but that is it. Experience tells me they aren’t going to play with them anyways, so why waste the space. I’m sure Grandma has plenty of trinkets for them to play with.
So I should have plenty of room to spare without all the extra “stuff”. Right? Who out there has road-tripped it with lots o’ kids in a smallish vehicle? How did it go? What would you do differently?
Stay tuned for tomorrow…What IS being packed! I know, you can’t wait.