Well, Isla and I are.
Isla, my mom and I all got up at 3 AM yesterday morning to start the long journey back to Texas. We were at the airport at 4:30 in the morning and were up in the air by 6 AM.
We tried out the car seat for the first leg of the journey, and it worked out really well. I wasn’t able to get the car seat installed tight enough rear-facing, so we ended up going forward-facing, but it still felt a lot safer, and it was a relief for her to have her own seat and not to spend the entire trip wrestling her or letting her climb all over us.
We got a short nap out of her, too, which was fantastic!
We had a loooong layover in Dallas. It was kind of nice, because we had plenty of time to eat lunch and let Isla burn some energy. After about 2 hours in the airport, though, Isla started to get really tired (but wasn’t going to take a nap) and went a little wild. I went with it, but I know there were definitely people wondering why I was letting my child climb all over everything. (Some battles aren’t worth fighting, y’all.)
Some people managed to think she was adorable, though. We lucked out and sat down next to a child psychologist who just so happened to have a balloon in her bag that she blew up for Isla and a grandmother of a little girl the same age as Isla. They were very understanding and helpful.
When it was finally time to board our last flight of the day, Isla took a last minute poop right as boarding started. We changed her diaper at the gate, Grandma rushed with her onto the plane, and I ran to the bathroom to toss the diaper and had to dash to make it back before the boarding door closed.
Because the last plane of the day was tiny, and I was the last one on the plane by several minutes, I didn’t get a chance to install the car seat or really do much of anything. Fortunately, we had a safe flight, and Grandma got her propped up comfortably, so she slept the entire flight.
It was a short drive back to my parents’ house after we landed, and we spent the evening relaxing in Texas! Isla got to help Grandma pick squash and play with the cats. She said “kitty” for the first time!
So far it’s been a great trip. We have a shopping trip planned for today (to minimize luggage, we only brought one change of clothes), and tomorrow we have lots of family coming over to see Isla and have dinner. It should be a great few days here with my mom.
Today, Kellen, both our dads, and one of Kellen’s friends from college start the long drive from Oregon to Texas with the moving truck and our cars. We all meet up again on Thursday at our new place in Austin to unload the truck and start the task of getting everything moved back in. Wish us luck for the next few days, that the menfolk have safe travels, and that our move goes as smoothly as possible.