Jonathan, Edmond, and I are home after four nights away, road trippin’ it to New Orleans (with a stop in Montgomery on the way home). I’ll confess that Jonathan and I were super nervous about the prospect of having Edmond in the car for 8 hours each way — two or three weeks ago Edmond developed a hatred of the car and started screaming (super unlike him) on even short car trips. But, it was my spring break and we were eager to get away and test out the whole traveling with a baby thang.
And it could not have gone better! Edmond did cry some in the car, but I think it was a good experience learning ways to soothe and entertain him. Mostly, he slept.
In New Orleans, we stayed with my beautiful, sweet cousin Rachel and her wonderful husband Joshua. Not only were they wonderful hosts, but it was great having two seasoned Nola natives to help us come up with things to do. We also were able to meet up with Dillon Frazier and Carol, who just happened to be in town visiting him. We spent our days out and about exploring. We road buses and street cars, we ate lots of beignets, we ate lots of amazing food. New Orleans is one of the most vibrant cities I’ve ever visited, and I think if I wanted to live anywhere but Nashville, New Orleans might be the city I would choose.
On our way home, we stayed the night with Caitlin and Jeff (and Mowgli and Roo) in Montgomery and so enjoyed getting to see them and so appreciated having a place to stay to break up the trip in half.
I think this trip was such a good time to bond as a new family. Without a schedule, without our normal crutches like the swing, we were able to enjoy parenting while we also explored the city. No, Edmond won’t remember this, but he will know that his parents value traveling so much they took a gamble, packed him in the car, and crossed the south to find a little adventure.