My great uncle is very ill with about four months to live. I am driving back "home" starting tomorrow so that we can all see him. We'll stay about a week and then my MIL is driving with back with me.
We are going 12 hours away from home. It will just be me and the kids. I plan to leave between 5 and 6 am since the baby wakes to nurse then before sleeping a few more hours. My DH will wake the bigs up, take them potty and get them in the car. I hope that they will sleep for at least another hour. When they wake up, I'll stop briefly to pass out breakfast cereal and water. I'll drive for probably two more hours, then stop for a potty break and maybe more food. I then plan to drive three more hours and then stop for lunch. After lunch, the baby will likely sleep for three hours and if the bigs did not go back to sleep in the morning they will also likely sleep for a bit. I hope to be able to drive for three-ish more hours and then stop for dinner. If things are going great, everyone will get in pjs and I'll drive for another hour or two before stopping for the night. If I'm too tired and the kids are too grumpy we'll stop for the night right after dinner. I shouldn't even be driving in the dark.
We'll get up, have breakfast and then finish our drive maybe even arriving by lunch time.
My MIL is harassing me to no end that this is an awful idea.
What if I get a flat tire? I do doubt that I will be able to get the lug nuts off but I can call someone who can.
What if I get tired? I'll stop. I have budgeted three days to go 12 hours away! Driving does not make me drowsy.
What is the kids have to go potty? Um, I'll stop. I routinely take all three children to the potty at home and out ALL DAY LONG. I will bring a potty, too, and DS2 loves to pee in the grass. (silly boys!)
What if one of the kids gets sick? If they are puking we'll get a hotel and stop. If they are just normal sick, they will probably be fine watching a DVD in the car....
And by the way, she wants to change my planned schedule while we are in town (taking the children for a full half of the trip even though she is driving back with me and SPENDING A WHOLE WEEK at my house). And who cares that this is a trip to see my dying uncle? Who cares that when I stay at their house I have to double all of my preventative medications? Who cares that I lived in that area my whole life until last year and might want to see my best friends, whom have children whom are my children's best friends?
Maybe I should have put this in ranting....
Sure, it isn't ideal to do this by myself. But everyone, including my husband is working (and his school year just started).