Our Laughlin Road Trip

So last weekend we went to Laughlin on Hunky Hubs’s work. Sometimes they do nice incentives or giveaways for their employees. A get out-of-town weekend was just what we needed. But would it be a disaster since that week J was diagnosed with a double ear infection and an eye infection. The amoxicillin was giving him severe diarrhea that made washing cloth diapers alone difficult as they were full blowouts that got all over me and my clothes when I picked him up. Not good for a road trip when you don’t have access to a washer and dryer. So we had to do what we had to do and do disposable for the trip. I planned on using the G diaper disposable insert but unfortunately even in those, as a test run, it would just run down his leg and up his back. It didn’t hold anything his poo was soooo runny. And he had to be on this amoxicillin stuff for 10 days!

So we hit the road on Friday finally leaving Flagstaff at around 4:30 after two U-turns to go back to the house because we forgot stuff on the counter or couch. We would have been out-of-town by 3:50ish if we didn’t have minds of mush.

I sit in the back seat to entertain the J myster and he does pretty good until he starts to get tired and not know how to sooth himself to sleep. If I was sitting in the front seat, he probably would have simply fell asleep like he usually does. But since I was sitting back there with him, he expected me to do something about his sleepiness. He finally falls asleep a half hour before we got to Kingman for In n Out.

Prior to that, Hunky Hubs and I had to pee so bad it resulted in pulling off on the side of the highway to find a bush to pee in. Kinda sucks peeing in the wind. Thankfully I had some Wendy’s napkins in the glove compartment.

So we get to Kingman, eat our lovely burgers, feed J some sweet potatoes and chicken and give him a few french fries and we are on the road to Laughlin.

We get there, pull up at the Tropicana, I carry J all the way in to the Registration desk in the back of the Casino. Of Course they’d make you walk all the way thru the Casino from the parking Garage just because they hope you will stop and waste some cash.

We wait in a long line to check in, get up to the front desk, give them our name and confirmation number just for them to tell us they have no record of our reservation. Finally we get that the reservation was made thru RiverPalms Hotel even though when you call the hotline, it says “Thank you for calling the Tropicana Express”. How stupid. So Hunky Hubs calls the 2 other couples that came on the trip to tell them about the hotel mix up.

So we get back in the car, after walking back thru the casino and head over to RiverPalms were we proceed to do the same thing we just did. All the while, Hunky Hubs is complaining about how crappy the RiverPalms is.

We get inside the casino and of course it has this musky smokey smell. I wanted to get J out of the smokey environment fast. We get our room keys and head to our room. It was nice and spacious but had a musky funky smell to it. Almost as if it used to be a smoking room and the hotel tried to cover it up. I look at the bed spread and its a very noisy floral designed spread, something that would have been on Grandma’s bed. It did not look hotel appropriate at all. Then of course they provide you with limp pillows. I immediately called Housekeeping to get 2 more pillows delivered to the room. There were no amenities provided. Not even crappy hotel coffee. Of course I knew this before we came. After all a casino doesn’t want you in their rooms, they only want you in the Casino or their buffets. Thankfully we were right across from the ice machine so I was able to keep J’s medicine and breast milk cold in our cooler for the whole trip.

It ended up being 9pm when we finally got in the hotel room, so we just got ready for bed, and hit the sack.

The next morning after being pushed nearly off the bed by J’s head as he chose to lay sideways between Hunky Hubs and I, we had the diarrhea moment I had been dreading on the trip. Thankfully it was not in the bed. That would have been disgusting. Instead it went up his back in his pajamas. Hunky Hubs had left the changing mat in the car, so I had to lay J on the tile floor in the bathroom to clean him up so it didn’t get on the carpet. We then washed his pajamas in the shower. Thankfully I brought a wet bag for transporting wet clothing.

So after that we get ready to go to one of the breakfast buffets with Chris, Bonnie, Becky and Eric. J was not interesting in food at all. Really common on amoxicillin. He was more interested in running around. So Hunky Hubs and I took turns walking with him around the place so we didn’t disturb people with his screams and shrieks to get out of the high chair. If he is displeased, he certainly will let you know about it.

Everyone wanted to go to the pool at the Tropicana. I was very hesitant as J and diarrhea doesn’t go well in a public pool situation. But if everything went as planned his poopy diapers were usually only first thing in the morning and hopefully would not be a problem. We used a G cloth diaper we brought without an insert in it for his swim diaper, it works great as a swim diaper because it has a plastic lining like a swim diaper would.

We all walk to the Tropicana and are pleased it was a nice sunny warm day. I get J in his swim diaper and head over to the pool and put my toes in and wasn’t quite sure if J would like the temperature of the water. But I saw countless other babies and toddlers in the pool also, so I thought maybe it was something he could get used to.

We get him in the pool in the nice floaty device I found for just 11 bucks. He’s a little unsure of it. So I take him out of it for a second and just hold him in the water til he got used to the temperature. Then I put him back in it. He looked at me with squinty eyes like, ARE YOU SURE THIS IS SUPPOSED TO BE FUN? We probably stayed in the pool for all of 10 minutes. Until J put his little head down on the turtle and closed his eyes. The poor little guy was tired!

So I get out of the pool and take him over to Daddy in the Cabana we rented and he looks at his daddy lays his head on his daddy’s shoulder and falls asleep. Then we just put him in the stroller so he could nap.

The rest of the day goes wonderfully. We had a great dinner, then joined the other couples from Hunky Hub’s work for breakfast before hitting the outlet mall on Sunday. We bought one of those leashes you can put on a walking child and purposefully tired him out walking around the mall so he would sleep in the car heading out-of-town. Thankfully J only fussed for about 10 minutes before he was zonked out for the whole trip back. 🙂


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2 thoughts on “Our Laughlin Road Trip

  1. That’s a great idea! We’re heading across country (on a plane – thankfully!) next month and it’s a great idea to tire him out before heading home.

    My 4.5 month old will be a different story, though. I don’t think tiring him out, would work, lol.

    Thankfully he’s VERY good about sleeping when he’s tired. ESPECIALLY when he’s being held by mom. I think we’ll be fine.

  2. The diapers I make are fitteds. They don’t have a waterproof layer though my husband tells me all the time I need to add one. But right now I don’t want to worry about sandwiching PUL between two layers. Right now I just want to focus on making a great fitted out of upcycled Tshirts and nothing else 🙂

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