Traveling with a toddler is great, especially when they stay awake most of the trip to watch the countryside go by and talk your ear off. (A sarcasm font would be nice here). I don’t know what was worse, the boy whining he wanted out of his car seat because he was sick of riding in it or the dog whining because she was sick of sitting next to the whining kid.
We made the (only 4 hour) trip back to Michigan this weekend to visit my family and had a late night drive from Chicago to get there on Friday. The boy is usually good for about 2 to 3 hours in the car so the trip back to my family is pushing it. This is why, when traveling to my family, we try to leave when it’s either nap time or bed time. It’s just easier if he sleeps for part of the drive.
Well he fell asleep for part of the ride, but we hadn’t even gotten out of the city before he did, so by the time we were only half way there he was wide awake and starting to get restless. This made for a long ride to my family’s home and an even longer night because he didn’t want to go back to sleep. This also made Saturday morning a two large cups of coffee type of morning.
The drive back wasn’t as bad. We left right before nap time and took our time traveling through southern Michigan without a peep coming from the back seat. By the time we hit the toll road in Indiana it was time for lunch and he was waking up so we could stop and refuel. He still talked our ear off and when we got back to Chicago he was ready to get out of the car seat before we were home, but I think we all were at this point so the whining didn’t bug me quite so much.