Our plan was to load what we could the night before, wake up for the boys 2am feed and get on the road by 4am. Well of all nights... the boys decided to sleep all night and not wake until 5:30am, not to mention Donna didn't get home from work until 9pm the night before. So needless to say we got a late start, lol...
Once we got going everyone was good. The boys slept until they were ready to eat, the dogs hung out on the floor in the back seat, Donna drove & I navigated. Our first stop to feed the boys was good. We found a Starbucks with a patio, I took the boys inside & fed them while Donna walked the dogs & then hung out on the patio with them. The boys were very patient (quiet) and ate quickly (all 3 in 1 hour.) The next stop didn't go quite so well. The boys were a bit demanding that time & didn't want to wait for an exit, we got off where there was only a Wendy's, but all 3 boys were crying so there was no way I was taking them inside. Donna let the pups potty real quick & we fed & changed the boys in the van. Our last stop wasn't really a feeding time stop, but we were only 2 hours from my dad's and the boys were going to want to eat in an hour, so while Donna fueled up & walked the dogs I gave the babies enough to hold them over, but not too much that they would spit up the rest of the way. It worked out perfect & the boys held off until we arrived. Not bad right :) The boys did great, but I will admit, it is hard traveling with 3 infants... making bottles, finding a place to heat them, changing diapers (not all places have changing tables) & keeping them cool, but not too cool in those hot car seats. Not to mention walking the dogs. Overall we cannot complain & our trip only took 2 1/2 hours longer than usual.
Our visit, although for not a great reason, was a lot of fun. It was the first time all 4 of us girls were home at the same time (My sister, myself, & my 2 bonus sisters. We refer to step family as bonus family) And we all had our children in tow. It was great seeing my dad & Marie with ALL their grandkids and it was nice to be able to spend time with everyone. We took advantage of the opportunity & had pictures done.
|Meggan, Autumn, Mindy, Me, Marie & Dad|
|front row: Meggan & Clark, Marie & Aliyah, Dad & Garren, & Mindy|
back row: Aaron & Tucker, Donna & Caden, Me & Kellan, Autumn & Chandler
|back: Clark, Tucker & Chandler |
middle: Kellan, Garren & Caden
|Dad, Marie & all the grandkids|
|Clark meeting Kellan for the first time|
|Tucker loved to kiss the babies|
|Tucker giving Garren a kiss|
|Chandler & Clark playing|
|Clark holding Caden|
|Tucker offering Chandler his drool back, lol...|
|Meggan & Tucker holding Caden|
|Chandler checking out Caden, he can say baby|
|Chandler not sure about his mom holding baby Aliyah|
|Chandler & his Great Uncle Richard|
|Meggan keeping the kids from escaping through the opening between strollers|
|Clark & Chandler trying to escape|
|Donna & Marie|
|Me & the boys|
|Meg & Clark & Mindy & Aliyah|
We did get to visit with a few friends while we were in town. I wish we would have had more time to see everyone, but our visit was short and semi-unplanned. We stopped by to see Camie, our nurse practitioner that made these beautiful boys possible, and introduce her to them. Cheryl stopped by late Friday evening to meet the boys and spend some time with Donna. And my childhood friends/family came up from Bradenton to meet the boys and spend some time with us. I cannot believe Sydney is starting High School this year. It doesn't seem like it was that long ago that we were all hanging out in Amanda's hospital room waiting for her to arrive. Man I feel old, lol...
|Cheryl & Kellan|
|Caden, Sue, Amanda, Sydney & Garren|
|Sue & Caden|
|Sydney & Garren|