When I roused my nearly-three-year-old at 2:30 am to begin what would be a 40-hour trip to Florida, she seemed pretty pumped. She got out of bed with a smile on her face, went potty, got changed and jumped in the car 20 minutes later. I expected her to fall asleep quickly, but it took about an hour. After that, she slept for about four hours straight. Beautiful. I actually have to praise her for being really great on such a long car ride—but it wasn’t all rainbows and butterflies. Here is what I learned from my toddler road trip.