6 teeth, 2 crawlers, and a couple thousand miles later… and we finally made it back home after a fun and slightly exhausting road trip to NJ, NY and Virginia. I can’t believe we just did that. I knew it was going to be tough, but overall it was worth it getting to see both sets of parents, siblings, nieces and nephews and friends. We even ran into another set of triplets!
Driving was.. interesting. My master plan involved leaving at night, so the babies would sleep for the main chunk of the drive up to NJ. Todd worked Saturday, and I got busy getting everything ready to be loaded into the car during the day. I tried to nap during the babies naps that day so that I would be rested for the all-night drive. Ideally, the person not driving was supposed to be sleeping, so that when we switched, we wouldn’t be too tired. Well, that was the first “wrong turn” so to speak. (Actually due to our awesome Garmin Nuvi we didn’t make any literal wrong turns). Anyway, Cameron is apparently not a fan of long car rides, as he cried most of the night. The non-driver was wedged between the two second row seats trying to keep him calm. Benny and Lily did pretty well in the car- mostly sleeping. So basically, neither of us got any sleep until the next night. If we had gotten tired enough to be nodding off, we would have pulled over, but I think we both just knew we couldn’t get to that point. We were tired, but still alert.
We got to Lewes, DE the next afternoon, where we took a ferry over to Cape May NJ to see my mom and dad. The ferry was interesting as well. I’d been on it before but everything is different somehow when you have 3 babies. We needed to get them out of the car, but we couldn’t use any strollers, so we had to walk the carseats up a flight of stairs to the main deck, where the babies loved getting some fresh air, and lots of stares, smiles, and comments:)
NJ was a lot of fun.. my parents are at a huge camping resort where we took them swimming, on lots of golf cart rides, baby swings, and a quick trip to the beach. This is also where we met the other set of triplets, who are 9 years old. They were two girls and a boy, and were very sweet to let us get their picture.
A few days later we left for upstate NY to see Todd’s family and friends. It was so neat to see everyone there and see the babies interact with their cousins! We spent a day at Lake George, and even though it was a little rainy it was still beautiful up there. Todd got to do a little kneeboarding, and I got to see some pretty mansions on the lake during a boat ride. Todd’s parents had a little get together so we got to see lots of people that we haven’t seen since our wedding, and all of the family up there. LOTS of fun.
The sleeping situation started to go a little downhill for Ben when we got to NY.. he was skipping some naps, “short-napping” others, and having a hard time settling down for the night. One night in particular he screamed for quite a while, which seemed to spread to his siblings, and I thought for a little while I might lose my mind. But he finally settled down, and we didn’t have any more nights like that.. thank God.
Next, we headed down to VA to see my brother and his family. Its so pretty down there. My brother and his wife and son have a beautiful home, it was my first time seeing it. My parents met us over there so we got to see them one more time which was nice. We got to actually sit down and have dinner together, which doesn’t happen very often anymore, so it was a real treat. We set the babies up with some Puffs in their highchairs, and they were great.
I have to say that our Fisher-Price Space Saver highchairs worked perfectly for this trip. We were able to take them with us and anywhere we went, we could use them. They were lightweight, didn’t take up a lot of space and I felt better knowing that at least they had their own chairs to eat in, since everything else about their daily lives was different while we were on this vacation. When we were on the road, we’d pull them out and plop them on a picnic table in a rest area to feed them. It was great because the babies got some fresh air and some time out of the car, and we could feed them easily that way. Glad we brought them.
On the way back, we stopped in Orangeburg, SC. We decided the overnighter was not an option for the way back, that was just too hard. Cameron was again very unhappy in the car, and while we weren’t happy about extending the trip by a day, it was nice to stop and get a good nights rest, and let the babies spread out in their own packnplays to sleep. (We realized early on that they are too active now for sharing packnplays- they roll on each other, kick each other, etc.)We started out early the next day after we fed them, and got home at about 3:40 yesterday. And its good to be home. I had a lot of fun seeing everybody but I feel relieved to have the babies back in their cribs. Which by the way, are lowered now since both Ben and Lily are crawling, and all 3 are sitting up. It seems we hit about 45 milestones on this trip.. all 3 are getting 2 teeth each, Lily and Ben both pushed themselves up to sitting, Ben started crawling, and now that we are home, he’s also pulling himself up onto his knees and trying to climb, and Lily crawled last night for the first time. Holy moley, thank God little Cameron is taking it easy on me. I think he knows I can only handle so much, so he’s going to take his time.
So, yesterday was rough too, even after we got home.. We found that our dog had peed in the babies room, leaving it oh-so-fragrant, so the babies first nap was to be in the packnplays again. After feeding them, they were pretty unhappy so that nap was unsuccessful. Todd got to work on lowering the crib mattresses, I started steamcleaning the rugs, and the babies pretty much screamed for an hour.. really unlike them. All the travelling is definitely tough on little ones, but I think they are recovering because they slept great last night, and were pretty good today too. They ate dinner and went right down after.
Remember how I sent out those request letters to baby-product companies before we left? Well, that was a good idea because the free-stuff packages sort of counteracted the bills that were waiting for us:) We got a package from Carters, with 3 sets of pj’s and a 5 pack of onesies, 3 baby toys by Lamaze from Learning Curve, 3 baby spoons from Gerber plus coupons for 36 free double-packs of baby food (plus more coupons), and more coupons from Beech-Nut. Nice, eh? I got all the info from www.multiplesfreebiesanddiscounts.blogspot.com
I have some more pictures on my video camera which I haven’t figured out how to upload yet, so I’ll save those for later..but I’ll end with some pictures from tonight. Some very sweet family members sent us some new pjs for the kids and I had to take a picture when I saw how adorable they looked.
OK- thats it for now! I will be unpacking for a week I think so I better get to it!