Wednesday, June 21, 2006

packing for a short trip. ha!

you know what i'll probably never get used to, but cracks me up everytime?
packing, now that i have a child.

NOTHING IS SIMPLE anymore. nothing. all you non-kid having women and men that read this blog- prepare yourself. a quick run to the store? doesn't happen. a quick anything, isn't possible once you have kids. a simple anything? no.longer.an.option. when blake was a baby, a trip to anywhere included packing the diapers, the formula, bottles, wipes, powder, lotion, cream, change of clothes, spit up rags, stroller, car seat, etc, etc etc etc etc. *dies*

you would think it would get easier as they get older, but it doesn't! the amount of shit you have to pack just changes! sure, they aren't things you "need" but if you'd like to maintain your sanity while on said trip, you'll pack these things. try driving from SF to LA without a dvd player. just try it. i dare you.

"are we there yet?" "how much longer?" "are we there yet?" "i'm hungry." "i have to pee!" "i'm bored!!!" "ARE WE THERE YET???"

so now that blake is older, the diapers & bottles have been replaced by a ridiculous amount of snacks for the drive and the game boy. don't forget the dvd player and movies. and a blanket and a pillow because "MY BOTTOM HURTS FROM SITTING HERE FOR SO LONG MOM!!!" so he usually ends up sitting on the pillow. can't forget his baseball bag either. i'll never hear the end of it if we go home and he doesn't have his baseball bag. "did you bring my glow in the dark football mom?" good lord. why don't i just pack the whole house? that way i won't forget anything. sam (that's my jeep's name) always ends up looking like we're moving by the time i'm done packing him for a quick weekend trip.

but you know what? at least it keeps blake quiet. that dvd player is a life saver. so he's sitting back there watching movies for 6 straight hours. that's better than him yapping my ear off asking the same 5 questions over and over again and me pulling over on the side of the road and leaving him there, isn't it? i mean he's cute and someone would pick him up eventually, but without a dvd player, i'm sure he'd be on the side of the road again a few miles further up the road.

31 comments:

Kristin said...

omg... that is too funny because it was too true!!

love the idea of poor blake traversing the highway in a series of cars, only to be constantly put out every 5 miles or so...

MelissaMM said...

You're right: It doesn't get easier as they get older. Thank goodness for iPods!

Wait until he starts playing all-stars for baseball and you have to make sure all the equipment and snacks are packed. Oy!

Stephanie A. said...

Yes, the amount of crap these kids need is just insane. We just returned from a 4 night trip and our car was maxed out with baby stuff. Insane, I tel you. Insane!

Melissa said...

I am so with you. DVD's all the way. And game thingys and a million snacks, cause you never know which one they'll want. I thought it would get easier after the baby stage too.

I am cracking up about the pillow for him to sit on, Maya does that too. And blankies and stupid Baby Bratz dolls and their stupid shoes and clothes, cause god forbid a Bratz doll should be Nekkid. Have a great trip by the way.

Alison said...

Yes, the packing is a nightmare. We're leaving for 2 weeks next Friday and I'm already planning out the list of crap that needs to be packed. Chris thinks we might need a trailer. Haha. PLUS, it never fails, you always forget something important. For example, I forgot the kids' shoes when we went up north for Christmas. I know, I know, how do you forget shoes?! We left at o-dark-thirty when the kids were still sleeping and put them right in the car in their jammies...shoes were left behind. Oops. Who wants new shoes??? :) Have fun on your trip home!

Jenn said...

Well you saw the picture of my parent's truck from my trip (my jeep was too small) filled to the celing!! *sigh*

AND WHAT DO YOU MEAN IT DOESN'T GET EASIER WHEN THEY ARE OUT OF THE BABY STAGE?!?!?!? I WAS BANKING ON THAT!!!!! DAMN IT!!!

Christina_the_wench said...

It DOES get easier when they hit 10 or 11. They can pack their OWN shit. And if they forget something, it's THEIR fault, not yours. Drink more until then.

I got some Valium left over from the road trip to NC. Want some?

denise said...

you start to understand the appeal of having an R.V. instead of a non-moveable house.

Mel said...

Ah, life without the DVD player... well, sadly, ours got jacked because one of the girls forgot to bring it in with her on a road trip... so now they have only each other and a couple drawing pads for company.

Kel said...

Very true. I'm so glad we got a dual screen DVD player for the van already. It makes things SOOO much better when we go on a trip.

BTW Happy Belated birthday to your little man! He's such a cutie.

Oh, The Joys said...

I'm still getting away with a few Thomas trains for the boy and random objects for the girl - amazingly, the empty dental floss box is THE. MOST. AMAZING. TOY. OF. ALL. TIME. Go figure.

Becky said...

that dvd player is the key. we brought them for our 23 hour trip to ohio and back. kept the kids busy for about 1/3 of the trip whic his alot!

Lisa said...

Heeheee. I've been so tempted to put my child on the side of the road a few times too!

Mine likes to get car sick and puke. So if put my child on the side of the road, someone might pull over and pick him up, but they'd smell him and all bets would be off.

Amy said...

Not a mother yet, but I can ONLY imagine!

Beth said...

So true! I hate it!
Two weeks ago we were at the in laws. My MIL said 'we weren't coming to visit you, until you came up here again, so its a good thing you came'
Uh. what the fuck? That bitch doesn't have to travel with a 2.5 year old that gets bored, wants out of her seat, wants a snack, needs to go potty, wants different music, and so on. Fuck. If I ever go back there it will be too soon.

Bri said...

So what you're telling me is that it doesn't get easier! Grr...it takes me a week and a billion lists to make sure we have everything...and on our last trip we ended up forgetting an entire suitcase...please let this child learn to pack for herself (and for that matter - let her daddy do the same!)...

Happy Trails!

Jen said...

We are leaving for a 2-week trip next week, and I am already preparing the lists of shit I need to take. We travel often with my husband(since he travels on business the hotels and stuff are paid for), and it always amazes me how much STUFF you HAVE TO BRING. Enough clothes for 2 kids and 2 adults for 2 weeks can take up 2 suitcases. Then if it is a special trip to somewhere really cold or really hot, you got to take the appropriate gear (all our snowsuits when we went to Denver and all the beach crap when we went to St. Pete, FL). Then there is all the bottles, formula, diapers, toys, DVD's, books, and other stuff that take up another suitcase. Oh yeah, don't forget the stroller and the front infant carrier. When we went to Denver this past Jan, we took 5 suitcases, two car seats, and the stroller. We also had 2 backpacks and my hubby's laptop bag. We could barely see over the pile of luggage.

penguininthesun said...

you are lovely Jenns :)

haha... I'll try and remember this (the packing stuff) for future reference.

jen said...

hahahahaha, lmao because of all the travel nurse trips i've taken with Hunter cross country.

I remember when Hunter was a baby stopping on a 2 hour trip to breastfeed because i couldn't stand the screaming.............ahhhhhhhhhhhhh

our classic on the road snack is peanuts and m&m's.....haha yep every single trip,

someone ( christina) mentioned valium...hmmmm probably a good idea, for him.......not me.

blackbeltmama said...

Amen! Thank God for DVD players in the car. Now if I could just figure out how to entertain the baby for long trips, I'd be set. It is SUCH a pain packing for anything when you have kids.

carrie said...

A long trip without a DVD player is suicide!!!!

Carrie

Petite Mom Blogger said...

LOL! It seems like we pack the entire house when we go out of town for 2 days and my packing is doubled with 2 boys. :)


thanks for visiting my blog. :)

Piece of Work said...

Ha ha ha ha! But this post is also slightly depressing: I thought in a few years I'd be done with packing the whole house for a simple road trip.

Oh, and I also name my cars, or used to. Betty, then Ollie. My current vehicle needs a name.

Lisa Goldstein/Kelly Kelly said...

oh yeah, travel dvd player saved our asses on a five hour car trip with a toddler and a teenager. I still get the shivers thinking about what it would have been like without it. eeeek.

Lisa

Lotta said...

So true.

It drives me crazy but I try to consolidate everything. Lots of little bags drive me nuts. I would rather have one honking big bag. Husband (lover of Jewel bags) will pack 4-5 extra Jewel bags of reduntant crap "just in case I forgot". Forgot what? That I have a baby that needs diapers?

Phew. Ok, that felt good.

Jennifer said...

Three cheers for the dvd player!!! (hurrah, hurrah, hurrah!) Total lifesaver. Last year, while packing for a trip to Santa Cruz with a girlfriend and her son, I recommended bringing one along. She just made this face and commented that as kids WE survived trips without one and why wouldn't her kid? I wish I'd listened to my own gut because the entire trip I had to listen to her goofy son doing his goofy things in the backseat. Ugh.

Angry Dad said...

Its so true, and so painful. We have to "pack" a bag of selected toys to go anywhere. The selection process is often longer than the bloody trip!

Jodi said...

OMG, that is SOOOO funny. And true. So true. you should try driving from Cali to Montana with TWO boys. Our Mountaineer looked the hillbilly's movin' West. We had pillows, stuffed toys, coolers, DVD players, blah, blah, blah, ect.ect.ect. in every nook and crany of that car. We couldn't even see out the back window. Nothing says class like your Target bags pressed up against the back windows....:)

I hope you have a fun,fun time on your trip back to LaLA!

Mama Duck said...

Hee hee hee. I know exactly what you mean.

Virginia Belle said...

thanks for the heads up. while it isn't as bad, i did get a taste of it when i got a dog. packing doggie stuff is kinda similar. but much easier. i'll use it as practice, i guess. at least i don't have to entertain Sammy while we are driving.

my mom left my little brother, Gulgie, behind at a gas station once. there are so many kids in my family, and we were all snacking on our gas station snacks...and, well, mom forgot to do a head count. oops.

about 5 miles later, my other brother goes, "hey, where's gulgie?"

and my mom freaked! i don't think she ever forgave herself. poor gulgie. he was crying.

blake sounds like he has pretty nice car trips. we had no movies/game boys/anything electronic. and we were only allowed to bring one toy and one pillow. we had two choices for sodas and snacks. blake has it made. we had to spend 6 hours playing "I Spy".

Joe Berenguer said...

Hi there Blogger, a real useful blog.Keep with the good work.
If you have a moment, please visit my cheap dvds site.
I send you warm regards and wishes of continued success.