So we leave tomorrow for our 28 hour drive home. I haven't really even started packing, except for one suitcase that is full of presents and all of Abbie's clothes that I want to take are in a box. But I have my lists all ready to go! What I want to take and what I want/need to do before we leave. We're planning on spending Saturday night with my aunt and uncle who live near Denver. Denver is 14 hours from here and 14 hours from my parents house. So we're going to try to get as far as we can tomorrow and then get on the road early on Saturday so we can make it to Denver to see them. We won't be able to leave until Mark gets home from work tomorrow though, which probably won't be until at least 5-6pm. We're hoping to be home by Monday evening at the latest. And we're praying that Abbie does okay being in the car for that long. I'm going to bring a bag full of her toys and switch them around for her frequently when she's awake. I'm hoping she doesn't sleep the whole time we're driving bc then she won't sleep at all at night, which means we won't sleep at all at night.
Abbie is going to be sleeping in pack n plays (pnp's) most of the time we're gone (2.5 weeks). I was really worried about her not sleeping well in those, especially 3 different ones, since the mats on the bottom of them aren't very supportive and you can feel the bars on the bottom through the mats. So I bought her a pnp mattress and a really soft, thick sheet to go on the mattress. I'm hoping that that'll be a constant for her when everything else is changing around and be more like her mattress at home - aka helps her sleep. I'm worried about having to share a room with her while we're gone. She'll have her own room at my parents house, but the rest of the time, she'll be in our room, and none of us sleep well when she's in the same room as us. She's a crazy sleeper and does laps in her crib every night bc she rolls around so much. I think the pnp is going to cramp her style quite a bit and I think she'll wake up more than she does here, but oh well. Hopefully we can get her back on track once we get home. (For a few months anyway. When we move to Germany I'm sure all hell will break loose with her sleep habits, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there.)
Oh, we're driving the Explorer home and then leaving it with my dad for him to sell for us. We figured 4x4 will sell better up there than down here, and we'll just concentrate on selling the Jetta. We're flying back home.
Well I'm off to pack. I'm not sure how I'm going to fit clothes and everything else for the 3 of us for 2.5 weeks in 2 big suitcases, but I consider myself an expert packer so I'll figure it out. I'm going to just put some things in reuseable bags for now and then put the stuff that'll come home with us in the 3rd suitcase once the presents are out of it. But either way, I'm sure we'll be shipping quite a bit back home. Wish me luck!