Monday, July 26, 2010

Another day, another car trip

I've heard stories that some babies love riding in the car. Tales of cars calming fussy babies to sleep and others of babies sleeping for long car trips. These are myths in our household. It's hard to imagine a baby falling asleep that easily. Easy is most definitely not an adjective ever used to describe Noah. Cute, sweet, lovable, cuddly- sure. But easy? No chance.

The first 30 minutes of the drive were fantastic and featured a happy baby who had just woken up from a nice nap and had a full belly. Then reality set in.

That's when I started trying everything. Lots of
toys first. Maybe a minute per toy. Then he got fussy because his car seat was loaded with toys and stuffed animals. After several toys, I tried giving him a snack which just made him even fussier. Next, I pulled out the portable dvd player (can't wait for him to grow enough to turn around and face not only us but the built-in dvd player) and we tried Baby Einstein. That was a no-go. After that I tried Finding Nemo and his plush Nemo. That actually lasted a few minutes longer than everything else AND when he got fussy again, I pulled out another snack which kept him peaceful for a few minutes longer.

Luckily, we were near one of the big Maryland rest stops and took a food break (for all of us). Once we got back on the road, it only took a few minutes for Noah to fall asleep. It only took a couple of hours, but it gave us a nice peaceful stretch of drive. The cutest part- he fell asleep holding on to Thumper. So very cute!

any tricks of the trade to share for our ride home?

Starting off happy

Getting a little louder..

Giving us about 30 minutes of peacefulness

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