Beware! We Are Now A Mobile Unit – L.A. to Phoenix

6 Jan

We finally took our first real road trip with all three kids during winter break. L.A. to The Grand Canyon. My oldest daughter being 8 and the twins now 4, I knew it was time. I couldn’t really play the, “they just aren’t ready yet” card any longer. Besides, they were probably ready a year ago, I was the one that wasn’t ready.

There are some people who have the type of kids who sleep through the night at 6 weeks, eat carrots like its candy, hop in the stroller on demand and wave bye-bye sweetly at the Preschool gates.
My children just don’t operate that way. Don’t get me wrong, each child has their strengths and weaknesses and every one quirky and delightful in their own special way.

I remember listening to my girlfriend tell me about how she took her three kids all under the age of seven to Israel by herself. That’s a 15 hour flight time, not including what you can imagine you have to go through at the airport. She said it wasn’t that bad, the kids slept when they were tired, ate when they were hungry and she will definitely do it again next Summer. I stared at her with wide eyes and totally silent for about two minutes just imagining how such an endeavor would go with my kids. I spoke, “I can guarantee you, my kids would have had our aisle filled with vomit, pee, poop, smashed fishy crackers, and possibly even blood before take off.”

It’s not that my kids aren’t well behaved, because actually I would be proud to say in most situations they are great listeners and surprisingly respectful. It’s more that they don’t have the most adaptable and easy going personalities in the world. I can’t imagine having it any other way. Fierce, outgoing, opinionated, and determined, the qualities of future great leaders. Of course by then, I will be a haggard old woman with totally shot nerves and a head full of hard earned grey hair.

So…. How did the kids do on the road trip? We never made it to the Grand Canyon. We did make it to Phoenix and the kids were fantastic. Nobody peed or pooped in a car seat. Not one trip to the ER, or urgent care. We more than just survived. We had fun, we laughed, we learned, we bonded.

My babies aren’t babies anymore. They are old enough for road trips and I would assume that now they are more than ready for some plane trips. What’s even more interesting is that I’m ready. I’m not a baby anymore. I’m a braver mother now than I was a few years ago. I have proven to myself that I can pack up three kids and go beyond our comfort zone.

I might actually be growing up, maybe I’m not a baby anymore, either.

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One Response to “Beware! We Are Now A Mobile Unit – L.A. to Phoenix”

  1. Izzy January 7, 2015 at 12:56 pm #

    Well done. We did not have such luck with Lisa as she was always in pain and we never knew it.

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