And since I keep looking at the post from the other day thinking "really, Ana? you wrote a post about how your kids don't sleep well while traveling, like you are the first person in the world whose kids didn't sleep like angels while in a different state, house and bed? Really?!" So I have to get something else up here so I don't have to stare at that whiny piece of non-internet worthy crap I called a blog post. Self deprecating enough? I hope so.
Here are some lessons I am learning while traveling with an extra child in tow sans husband:
* Babies much prefer random household items to play with in their car seat over stupid plush, squeaky baby toys, making me very grateful that I packed a door stop and a talking Homer Simpson beer bottle opener for Lucy to have in her car seat.
Side note: I hope it's ok that Lucy heard the mantra "Alcohol! The cause of and solution to all of life's problems!" chanted to her from her beloved beer bottle opener roughly 30 times on our trip here because she was really happy.
* The good children of Little Einsteins make great babysitters for said workouts.
* Children function much better when you let them do whatever the h-e-double-tooth-picks they want.
* The energy acquired from a child ingesting mostly ice cream and multiple Popsicles lasts much longer if you continue to give the child more ice cream and Popsicles.
* Children know and readily take advantage of the fact that there is only one parent on duty, particularly if that parent is the much less scary pushover mother.
* Yelling something repeatedly at your children in what you think to be a threatening voice to try to make you seem like the scary disciplinarian does not actually work.
* If you ask the child's grandparents to give them the very same order that you just gave and were totally defied over, the child will listen and obey in the most docile of ways. Great. No, really, it's great.
* Babies are better than toddlers.
* A glass of wine a day keeps the Psychotherapist away. So does a husband.