“Roadtrippppp!” Emily’s husband bellows out.
Emily rolls her eyes, “Stop, Cam. We’re only going to the grocery store. Please just help me.”
She continues shoving extra packs of baby wipes into the diaper bag while trying to balance the baby on her hip. The stroller is already by the door. The trunk is open with the car running, waiting to be packed.
“Oh, come on. It’s just like the road trips we had before Baby J.” Cam starts tickling the baby’s feet and she starts kicking, laughing. The baby starts wiggling in Emily’s arm.
“The store is only ten minutes away. I need your help, Cam, please,” she huffs out.
Emily hands the baby over to Cam and picks up the bottles of milk, adding it to the diaper bag. She looks over to the other three bags on the island that are already full to the brim. She then glances over to the sink full of dishes and sighs.
“I think we have everything.” Emily places her hands on her hips and watches her husband make silly faces at the baby.
The last time they were on a roadtrip was over a year ago. Emily was 5 months pregnant when she returned home from their trip across the States. They saw the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco. Passed through the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Went white water rafting in Colorado. Saw caves in Georgia. And watched the waves on the coast of Maine. Emily remembers listening to 90s music the whole trip before she found out that she was pregnant. She remembers how much fun she had and could understand why Cam got excited whenever they packed up to leave the house. Even if they were going five minutes away to the park, she would hear the familiar, “roadtrippppp.”
She smiles at Cam now, “maybe instead of the grocery store, we could visit my mom in California?”
Cam’s eyebrows scrunch together and then he smiles too, “I mean, we look like we’re packed to travel all the way across the states again.”
“I think Baby J will have as much fun as we did.” She gives her husband a quick kiss before walking into another room and coming back with a suitcase.
“Roadtrippppp!” Emily yells this time instead of Cam. He smiles and starts hopping around with Baby J.
Baby J is giggling when Cam repeats, “Roadtrippppp!”
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