Really I shouldn’t be confessing to any of this, but when your family is 5 hours away, and your baby has 4 sets of grandparents, you do what you gotta do to make the ride go as smoothly as possible. Actually to be honest, Max is a good little traveler – so far I’ve learned that creativity and flexibility are key to parenting! Some of my tricks-and a disclaimer: don’t try this at home.
1. Car yoga: trying to squeeze my larger than normal post pregnancy me into the back seat in order to talk baby talk and make funny faces.
2. There’s a reason a station wagon is a family car, and it’s not only for the storage: Who would have thought the pop up trunk would make an ideal change station. Way more sanitary than those McDonald washrooms, although you do definitely get some strange looks from the folks going through drive-thru.
3. Drinking and driving: Yes, stuck behind an accident, with traffic not moving, I did pop the top off a bottle, locate the wide open, screaming, crevasse which was Max’s mouth, and stick a bottle inside without taking my eyes off the road. I may have dislocated my shoulder with the excessive back arm bending….I’m also worried about losing my index finger to the super sucking vacuum when the soother is lost.
4. Singing at the top of my lungs. I for one do not sing….except desperate times call for desperate measures. Thinking max would be soothed by the sound of my off key voice I resorted to singing….although, it had the opposite effect and the little guy proved he isn’t tone deaf by screaming even louder begging me to stop.
5. Riding topless. Um…max was hungry. We didn’t have a bottle and were running late. I have to admit I was impressed with the convenience of undoing my shirt, and lean rather awkwardly over his seat and giving him a feed.