Our Drive Across Canada and How We Survived With a 3.5 Month Old!
Our departure from Newfoundland was not your typical "across country" move. It's safe to say that we survived, but it was HARD. It all started when Kevin got a phone call from an old friend regarding a very promising job opportunity in Vancouver. We paced around all morning waiting for his "phone interview", Kevin sat outside for what felt like an hour while I sat inside with a sleeping baby. After he hung up the phone he came inside with his serious face on, of course my first feeling was "he didn't get it".......
Well, I was fooled! But there was a bit of a catch... he needed to start work in 9 days. After weighing options, it only made sense that we all made the trek together, it was summer and what could go wrong?? We did it before, but... last time we were baby-less....
Within 3 days we managed to sell/donate/throw out about 90% of all of our belongings. We vacuum sealed ALL of our clothes, pillows (bad idea we had pancakes for pillows when we arrived) and duvets. We crammed the rest of our beloved stuff into the cracks of our Ford Fusion Sport (not a family car for across country traveling... lol). We left with roughly 5 days and 4 nights to spare. The day we found out that we were going to be doing this CRAZY drive, I got out our notebook and traced out where and how we were going to maneuver ourselves to the opposite coast of Canada.
The first website I used was GasBuddy! Not only do these guys tell you all the local gas prices, you can input your point "A" location and point "B" location - it'll give you the fastest and cheapest way to get there by getting the make, model and year of your vehicle! This was the biggest help when it came to budgeting our gas and kilometres!
The second website we used for our hotel bookings was Expedia.ca - these guys made it super easy to book hotels for the cheapest prices! On day 2 we accidentally over calculated how far we would be able to travel with our little guy (he doesn't do well on road trips to begin with) and we had to make a few extra stops along the way. We called Expedia's customer service line and they were able to cancel our hotel booking with 3 hours in advance and book us into a closer hotel. WIN!
During all of this chaos I was also breastfeeding. Now, we had been supplementing with a few bottles of formula per week prior to our trip, but we really wanted to be able to continue our journey and this relocation wasn't going to stop me! We had purchased a Medela Swing (single breast pump) and used that on our drive. I set a timer and would pump about every hour and a half and he would eat about every 2-3 hours. Now, I wasn't pumping enough so we ended up doing top ups, which we were okay with! Charles has taken bottles very easily since he was 3 weeks old so we got very lucky in that department, which meant less stops and more driving!
Next, we needed some entertainment for the little guy. We made sure we kept the middle seat clear of stuff so we could alternate sitting in the back seat with him. We brought lots of books, toys and always listened to music. We also brought along the handy iPad and played some Nursery Rhymes from YouTube!
Once we got to the hotels, we made sure to keep night time routines as normal as possible and it surprisingly worked amazing! Most nights he slept BETTER than when we were at home, so I can't complain!
Now that we are settled into our new condo, with brand new furniture and decor, I can safely say that we don't plan to do THAT trip anytime soon. Would we do anything different? Maybe, maybe not. Did we have fun? Absolutely. This trip is one that Coco definitely won't remember, but it's the journey that changed our lives completely and that is so very special!