Road Tripping...with a Baby!


Ben has been on paternity leave for the last couple weeks, and I have to's absolutely amazing. We have never ever had three months off together, so we decided to take advantage of this time to go on a vacation! We thought we'd regret it if we missed the opportunity to travel. So starting on Monday, we are heading out on a five week road trip...with a baby. What, are we crazy?? Haha, maybe. But so far, Ian is a total champ in the car and tends to fall right asleep. He's at a stage where it's really easy to take him anywhere as long as we build in time for feeding him every few hours (I've heard 2-3 months is actually one of the easiest times to travel with a baby). And his pediatrician gave us the thumbs up--so we're going for it! Most of our legs are around three hours, so we'll still have plenty of time to get Ian out of the car for tummy time, hanging out, and sightseeing every day.

Road tripping with a baby

We're starting with a week in Spokane, WA (where I grew up), so my parents can hang out with their first grandson. Then, we're heading to Austin, TX by way of the national parks in Utah and Arizona. We'll spend a week in Austin, including a celebration for Ben's grandparents' 70th wedding anniversary! Ian will meet a lot of Ben's family for the first time there. Then, we'll head back home through Colorado, Wyoming, and Montana.

I'm sooo excited for our trip! We're hitting a lot of bucket list destinations that I've always wanted to see, and it'll be great to spend time with family along the way. Some of our friends have been dubious about how much fun we'll really have with a baby in the backseat. We'll see...I am optimistic that it will still be awesome and not that stressful.

However, I don't have anything lined up for the blog. I spent this past week trip planning and hanging out with Ben and Ian, rather than stocking up on blog posts. Sooo I know I just took a month off from blogging when Ian was born, but I'll be gone for awhile it my maternity leave part two?

When I come back though, I promise to tell you all about road tripping with a baby, and share any tips we have from our experience! As always, I'd love for you to follow along on Instagram--I'm @athomeinlove.

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  1. Posted by caslyn on Friday, September 16th, 2016

    HAVE SO MUCH FUN!!! I can't wait to live vicariously through you !!
    • Posted by Aileen on Friday, September 16th, 2016

      Thank you, Caslyn! I'm sure I will be overgramming like crazy. :)
  2. Posted by anonymus on Friday, September 16th, 2016

    fyi - not sure which route you are traveling through Colorado but if you are going through the Rocky Mountains, keep an eye on the weather. some roads close temporarily or seasonally starting in October due to snowfall in the mountains
    • Posted by Aileen on Sunday, September 18th, 2016

      Thanks so much for the advice! We are sticking to main interstates on the way back--going through Colorado Springs, then Fort Collins, then up to Casper, WY. Hopefully we will not hit snow...

      We originally had thought it would be fun to see Yellowstone but decided to save it for another trip, given how late in the year we would be there.
  3. Posted by Garden of the Gods Club & Resort on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

    We can't wait to meet you, Ben and baby Ian! See you in a few days!
  4. Posted by Debbie on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

    Well you are probably heading back home. I loved seeing you briefly while you were in Spokane. We got to see your sister this past weekend. I think the timing of your trip is perfect. Newborns sleep. Perfect for car travel! So glad you get to check off your bucket list :)!