Today I venture into an area of mommy-hood which has been known to bring lesser women to the breaking point; the trip. And that’s not just a smart pun, I’m literally taking John Blue to Wyoming in a few short hours. We first fly to South Dakota and then drive a few hours into Wyoming to Red’s hometown nestled so majestically in the Big Horn foothills. Initial consideration of this venture didn’t cause any alarms to sound, but as I started to plan I began to realize this thing is way more involved than I ever thought!
Have you ever tried to pack up an infant?! He has more luggage than Elizabeth Taylor! We have to bring his car seat, his stroller, diapers, formula, food and spoons, a change of clothes in the eventuality that he pukes on his first set, toys to keep him occupied during the flight, all of his ‘in case’ medicine like Ibuprofen for those darned toofies, wipes, blankets…and then we have to pack him for the week we’ll be gone. I have planned two outfits a day because this child is Red’s little boy and therefore rambunctious as a rabid rhinoceros (that’s called alliteration, pretty sure Shakespeare used it in his writings..wassup WILL?!) I have decided (or maybe I was advised by smart mommies) to buy diapers, formula and baby food when we get there. Of course Red’s tiny town doesn’t have a Wal-Mart so we’ll stop to get that stuff on the way in. I suppose I’ll feed him his solid food right before the flight, give him a bottle during take off and landing (for his ears to pressurize…also stole that suggestions and am claiming I came up with it), bring his Puff snacks on the plane in case he gets fussy, feed him at the airport when we land so he’s good to go for the drive….then I’ll negotiate a peace treaty for the middle east and finally write that thesis on the geopolitics of the Balkans. Should be a good day.
I’m excited to see the family up there. Life seems to slow down and only the really important things matter during this week. Plus I’ll have built in baby sitters everywhere, which means (dare I say it) I may get a nap sometime!!!!! OOOO I just gave myself chills. If I get really spoiled I’m also going to shave my legs during a long shower…. Ok now I’m just talking crazy.
So here we go. I fully expect to be on the local news this evening with the headline “Insane mother escorted from plane; husband and son look on confused.” So anything above that will be a huge success!
Here are a few snap shots of the meatball for you viewing enjoyment.