Day 3 was another early morning! The van was packed and we left our wonderful little cabin just after 7am (and yes, Jim was with us, awake AND driving!). I think it is just hard to sleep in with the time difference, an early sunrise, no room darkening shades and excitement to see what the day brings.
We left Custer and headed to Devils Tower. This was the first time I've been in Wyoming.
I was excited to see Devils Tower but wasn't sure it was worth a stop since you start seeing it about 15 miles before you get there, but it is incredible! We chose to do the 1.3 mile walk around it and I'm SO glad we did. You just don't fully understand how big something is until you stand at the base and you look up and there is a rock climber at the top that literally is the size of a grain of sand. LITERALLY! Mac walked the first quarter of the walk, but stressed me out that he was going to fall off the side or on the rocks or something. It was much more enjoyable for me once he was in the stroller!
From there, we headed to Cody, Wy. We MAY have gotten a little lost on our way (due to a muted GPS!), but the silver lining is that the route we ended up taking (so glad I picked up a Road Atlas before we left!) was BEAUTIFUL! We drove alongside a mountain stream and it took us about an hour longer, which means Mac got a two hour nap! See, silver lining.
We got into Cody early enough to enjoy a nice family dinner at the hotel restaurant and take the kiddos swimming before bath and bed. Mac went down good again tonight (hopefully a trend?!?!). A good sign was that when I brought in his pack-n-play, he kept saying, "Baby's bed! Baby's bed!" so he must be getting used to it.
Nearly half a million babies (1 in 10) are born premature in the US each year which is higher than that of most other developed nations. This is the journeys of our first born son, Finnegan, who was born 14 weeks early and weighed only 1 pound 15 ounces at birth. Of our daugher, Korrigan, who was born a healthy 7 pounds, 7 ounces at 37 weeks. And of our second son, MacKeegan, who was also born at 37 weeks at a whopping 8 pounds, 13 ounces. Our continued adventures reminds us daily how good God is.