For those who don’t know, we decided a few weeks back to trek to Boston for
super stud Super Bowl hero Julian Edelman’s autograph signing.
It all started one day when I saw a post on Julian’s Facebook that he was doing a signing in Boston. It started with a simple joke that escalated pretty quickly into a real-life road trip.
We decided we’d take some time getting up there since we’d be driving with Jack. But where to stop along the way? Staying with friends or family for free is always nice, so the decision was made to stay with Wes’ friend Adam, who lives just outside of NYC in NJ.
Charlotte to NJ is quite a hike. To be able to have a decent amount of time with Adam, it was looking like we’d be leaving at 3 am, which we quickly decided was not an option.
Thank goodness for our friend, Jill! She lives in Raleigh, which is practically on the way to NJ, so we, again, made a last minute decision late Monday night to go to Raleigh the very next afternoon.
But what a decision! Jack napped the entire way to Raleigh! And the next morning, he slept the majority of the way from Raleigh to just north of Baltimore, where we met up with another of Wes’ friends for a long lunch. Jack was able to have his solids and get out of the car for a good amount of time.
Then it was just 4 more hours to NJ, and we were done for the day. We got to bed early, woke up suuuuuuper early to avoid NYC traffic, and Jack went *back* to sleep in the car! 4 hours later, we’re in Boston.
So what are my takeaways from the last 3 days?
- 8 month olds really can do a long road trip without crying non-stop (I actually don’t think he had a crying fit once)
- Making lists is essential—a baby is only happy if he has all of his necessities (and there are a lot of them)
- Getting on the road early is better for everyone—you miss the traffic and your baby continues to sleep
- Don’t be in a rush so you can take long breaks—if you let your baby get a good stretch in, you’ll both be really happy you took an hour or more for lunch
- Traveling is awesome when you have friends everywhere that let you crash for a night (or more)
- I have the best husband in the world—even though Wes can’t drive a single mile on our road tips, he takes care of both me and Jack however we need him—I’m a lucky gal, if I do say so myself!
Stay tuned for more Boston fun!