Last weekend James and I took Poppy on her first weekend trip to meet my brother, her uncle. We traveled to Nashville, Tennessee, which is half way between my brother and us. Because James and I were unsure about how Poppy would do on her first long road trip, we split the eight-hour drive in half on our first day. We therefore ended up spending the night in Evansville, Indiana. Thus, Poppy has now spent her first night in a hotel room. And let me tell you: My daughter is quite the little traveler.
When we first hit the road last Friday morning, we had to stop about an hour in for Poppy’s first breastfeeding break. We simply pulled off the interstate and parked on the shoulder of the on-ramp. I then hopped in the back seat of the van and fed Poppy. We stopped a few more times to do this on our way to the hotel that first night. All in all, with stops, the five hour trip to the half way point took us about seven hours.
Poppy was such a good little girl once we got to the hotel. After such a long car ride, she promptly asked to be taken out of her car once we got into the lobby of the hotel. She then helped me check us in. Her favorite part of the hotel lobby was the strands of lights hanging down from the ceiling in the middle of the room. I had reserved us a room at the Drury Inn and Suites in Evansville. Whenever possible, we stay at a Drury because we love all the things the hotel has to offer including a free hot breakfast, free hot snacks in the evening, free popcorn and soda in the afternoon and evening, and free adult beverages. Although we left him with my parents for this trip, we often bring Espen with us, and all of the Drury hotels are pet-friendly.
After such a long car ride with a two-month old, I was relieved to finally be checked in to the hotel. I particularly appreciate that the Drury in Evansville (and most other Drury hotels) offers free soda and popcorn from 3:00 to 10:00 in the afternoon and evening, three free alcoholic drinks per adult, and free hot food from 5:30 to 7:00 in the evening. I had one glass of wine with my food, which included nachos, a baked potato, a hot dog, a salad, carrot sticks, and chips. I also had some root beer. James ate similarly. Staying at a Drury costs about the same as other comparable hotels, but the free hot food that is basically dinner is a steal! We will always stay at a Drury whenever possible.
We also like Drury hotels because the rooms are always clean and comfortable. I especially appreciated the comfy chair in our room because I could easily and comfortably breastfeed Poppy. The bed mattresses were soft but not too soft. The bathroom was also very clean. I especially like the new feature in the showers: shower gel, shampoo, and conditioner dispensers. The little travel-sized bottles are kind of wasteful, so I appreciated the greenness of the shower dispensers. I also liked that I did not have to struggle with opening a little bottle or pouch of shampoo while trying to shower at the end of a long day.
Poppy was a really good girl once we settled down in the room for the evening. She fell right to sleep as I nursed her. She slept the whole night without a peep even if James did not. (He is used to not hearing her at night because he is currently sleeping in another room at home so that he can get enough sleep to work.) All in all, Poppy’s first night in a hotel was a smashing success! At two months old, my little girl is already a seasoned traveler!
Evansville, Indiana Drury Inn and Suites © 2012 Heather Johnson
Checking In at the Drury Inn and Suites © 2012 James Johnson
Poppy Looking at the Lights in the Lobby © 2012 James Johnson
Eating the 5:30 Kickback © 2012 James Johnson
Breastfeeding in the Hotel Room © 2012 James Johnson
Shower Dispenser © 2012 Heather Johnson