Last weekend we made a trip to Dallas to visit some very dear friends. It was their little girls 3rd birthday and we got to meet the newest addition to their family as well! We had a fantastic time and it was so nice to see everyone.
This was our first long distance road trip and stay at a hotel with E. She did fairly well on the drive up (about 3.5 hours). There was one unpleasant incident though. E decided to see what would happen when she stuck her hand too far into her mouth and gagged herself. The next thing I see in the rear view mirror is her throwing up! Oh my, what a sight! We pulled off at the very next exit and we all bailed out of the car. After a quick wipe down with baby wipes and a change of clothes, we were on the road again, with the sunroof vented!
After we got settled into the hotel, we went out for some dinner and then back to the hotel, where E decided it was time to go home. Oh no! Dinner out had not gone as well as we had hoped, but what more could we ask from an almost two year old that had just sat through the long drive prior. So I called up room service and within minutes we had a tray of mac and cheese and strawberries at our door. The waiter was awesome, he treated her like a queen and presented her meal in grand style. She loved it and from now on room service is lovingly referred to as "mac and cheese man". After her dinner we watched her favorite movie and played games, we had a great time.
Something to keep in mind to keep the little ones comfortable on their first trip away from home. They are really looking for something familiar and secure. We made sure to bring her favorite toys, movies, snacks, and ordering her favorite food that first night really went well. We made a game out of exploring the hotel and riding the elevator. We talked about when we would go home and that this was for a few nights.
It was really a great trip!
FYI: if you ever stay in Dallas, and are looking for an absolutely fabulous hotel, check out the Omni Mandalay! It is outstanding, and really cater to kids while keeping an elegant atmosphere. So good!