Two of the family's dogs rode in the passenger seat as Nick drove. Arabella's mom, Dezzy, stayed with the baby in the backseat along with their 8-year-old French bulldog, Ziggy.
The arrangement was cramped, to be sure, but having Ziggy so near to Arabella turned out to be a blessing in disguise.
"Ziggy has always taken to puppies but we have never seen him around a newborn. We had been a little worried with how he would act around her, since this was the first time they were in a close space," Nick said. "[But] Ziggy just watched over my daughter Arabella the whole trip."