Yesterday we drove up to the Blue Mountains to visit some friends and their delicious dumpling little baby girl. (Thanks for dinner guys, it was delicious! So good to see you again.)
This was to be BB's first long car trip.
She's not so fond of the car, although lately it has been getting a lot better. If we go somewhere during the day it's fine, but as soon as it gets dark she's not a happy camper. One of us sits in the back with her but it doesn't always help. She must be thinking – Why are you watching me scream and not picking me up?
Yesterday's two 90 minute drives were challenging. On the way up it wasn't so bad. She was okay for about half an hour before she had enough, and somehow with a lot of shhhhing and rocking I managed to settle her until she fell asleep, although it broke my heart to see her little bottom lip quiver every few seconds as she dozed off.
The return trip was harder. She had fallen asleep in the capsule before we left, but when we clicked it into the car she woke up straight away. As we drove off she started screaming. I was driving and all I could picture was her little open gummy mouth in the back. We stopped to get petrol and I gave her a boobie in the car and she seemed to settle. We tried again. No go. After about 5 minutes we pulled off the motorway and I climbed into the back. She was inconsolable. It broke my heart as normally she'll stop crying as soon as I hold her. The whole situation was awful and I felt like it would never end. We were all angry and upset. After a few minutes she calmed and stopped crying, and we sat in a steamy car on the side of the road for another thirty minutes before trying again.
The last thing I wanted to do was drive. But I had to focus on getting us home safely. PB sat in the back and sung Sarah Vaughan. It was soothing and started to dissipate the built up tension in the car. Soon my passengers both fell asleep. I drove silently on the wet roads until we reached home. Other than a dozey little feed BB didn't wake again until the morning. It sounds silly but I thought she might have hated me after the ordeal, but luckily I was greeted with a big beautiful gummy smile.
We're not going anywhere in the car for a couple of days.
(Photo on my iPhone with my new Hipstamatic app. Love it!)