Tuesday, April 12, 2011
The Long Drive Home
Remember how I was complaining about our imminent inclement weather forecasted for our Spring Break trip? Well, we are not overlooking the fine city of Chicago this week as planned. Not that we didn't give it the old college try. I have spent the last 2 days up to my eyeballs in laundry and suitcases, packing 5 people for the cold and rain and 1 baby to stay home with his Nana. Our alarm went off at 5 a.m. this morning. Jeremy and I got ready, loaded the car, then got the kids buckled in. Nana and Pop came to our house since Everett was still asleep and we said our goodbyes. Mia and Parker quickly drifted off to sleep as we drove toward Chicago. About 2 hours into our trip Mia woke up and said she felt sick. This is no surprise since she has a tendency to get car sick. Usually once she is out and walks around in the fresh air she feels better, but not this time. We gave her some meds and a drink and continued on. About 10 minutes later she was sick again. I thought maybe if she ate something it would get better, but she was too nauseous. She couldn't even sit at the table while her brothers ate, so she spent breakfast in the Burger King parking lot while I held her hair back, still desparately hoping the fresh air would cure her. After about an hour of nonstop sickness we knew we had to make a decision. We contemplated meeting my mom and letting her stay the week with her and Everett, but if it was a virus we didn't want her to take it back with her, and we surely didn't want to continue on and the rest of us end up with it. I took one look at Jackson's face and I knew he would be heartbroken. And he was. We decided it was best to just head back toward home. Mia was sick the entire way. She is now back in her pj's and resting. I unpacked what took me 2 days to gather in about 20 minutes. We still hope maybe it was just the motion sickness. If it is then it has gotten incredibly worse since we last took a trip, which as far as I can recall was last August. This is going to make travelling in the future extremely difficult unless we can figure out a combination of meds and seating arrangements which will allow her to not feel yucky most of the ride. We may try to do a weekend trip if everyone is not puking by then. But for now we are back at home. Luckily our citypasses don't expire until October, so at least we can go when the weather is nicer. And hopefully by then we will have a better plan for the exteme motion sickness. So, farewell Spring Break trip! Maybe we will see you next year!