An Australia couple is taking maternity leave as an opportunity to introduce their newborn to the U.S.A. — all of it.
The plan is to visit all 50 states by the time Harper is six months old, which could make her the youngest person to complete such a feat.
Plus, it's a ton of family time.
"I can't see any better opportunity where both parents get to be with the kid, making up the rules as we go," said mom Cindy Lim, 31. "We get to see how we operate as a family, see how we want to raise her. What we want to show her and teach her, we decide on the go."
Lim and husband Tristan Yeats, 34, had Harper, their first child, in Canada on April 22. Now their baby girl is 3 months old and has been through 19 states.
Harper crossed Louisiana off her tiny bucket list over the weekend with a stay in New Orleans, where her parents are trying all the foods.
"It's so hot, so delicious, so much food," Lim said in a phone interview Monday.
Yeats had visited the Crescent City in 2006, but it was a first for his wife and daughter.
"I've always been keen to come back," Yeats said. "It's been great sharing it with Cindy and Harper, re-sampling all the food."
The family hasn't spent the night in every state, but they made sure to plan several days in NOLA.
"I've been really looking forward to New Orleans," Lim added. "Tristan told me this is one place on our trip we have to spend a lot of time eating and trying food."
They've sampled the classics — muffaletta, beignets, gumbo, jambalaya, poboys and red beans and rice with andouille sausage. They've also learned to pronounce all of those.
They went on a culinary historic walking tour, which provided many recommendations.
How is this possible?
Lim had a year of paid maternity leave, standard in Canada, and her husband has a supportive company and was able to take unpaid leave, they said.
They enjoy travel, and the circumstances fell into place, Yeats said. They had the chance and took it.
"If we're both going to be off work looking after Harper we might as well do it somewhere interesting," Yeats said.
The couple got a head start on traveling during Lim's last trimester. She started her year of maternity leave early to visit family before the baby came.
They returned to Canada some weeks before the birth and set off again, this time as three, June 4.
"Tristan and I have always wanted to do a USA road trip," Lim said. It was on our bucket list to do all 50 states. When Harper came along ... I thought 'Why not do it all together?'"
They bought a Jeep Cherokee, packed it with clothes, some food and important baby things like a bathtub and travel cot.
"I wanted a consistent place for her to sleep," Lim explained.
They went through a few places in Canada before crossing the border into Maine — Harper's first international trip. She was just under 2 months old.
Like new moms and dads everywhere, her parents marked the occasion with plenty of photos.
There's one of her in front of a state sign each time they cross a new border, from Maine to Louisiana so far. They even threw in Washington, D.C., for good measure.
You can find them all on an Instagram account her parents manage, @Harper.Yeats.
They've heard some push-back, people calling them crazy for road-tripping with an infant.
While Harper has been "surprisingly good," Lim said, the trip has had its challenges. Like babies everywhere, Harper has days she decides she doesn't like sleep or the car seat or a growth spurt.
The family has tried to adapt.
"We're constantly adjusting," Yeats said. "Early on we tried to do too much. We slowed the pace and put in more rest days."
They also plan their route, limiting time in the car to less than five hours at a time and always staying at least two nights in a place. So Harper is never just in the car seat all day or every day, they said.
Being constantly on the move teaching Harper to be more adaptive and resilient, too, Lim said.
While they know their three-month-old won't remember this time in New Orleans, or any state, they hope she takes away a lot from this trip when she looks back on all the photos and stories.
"When she looks back on this I hope she sees anything is possible," Lim said. "... I hope she's more confident in the future when she thinks 'Can I do this?'"
And worst-case scenario, if Baby Girl starts hating it, they pull the plug and go home, Lim said.
They already fly back to Toronto, their home base, every month for Harper's check-ups with the doctor. They're due for one now at three months.
And then they will head to Memphis, Tennessee, to visit Graceland and "hopefully get her in a little Elvis suit," Lim said.
They plan to hit Alaska and Hawaii before the trip is done. But right now, they're sticking to this continent.
The family intends to be back in Canada in October, when Harper is about six months old. That would make her the youngest member of the All Fifty States Club.
The record currently is held by Ethan Connor from Northern Ireland, who visited all 50 at age 2, according to the club.
Lim's maternity leave ends in early January, and she'll head back to work as a legal assistant and Yeats to his job as a civil engineer.
They don't take this time off for granted.
"Things like this make me realize how fortunate we are," Lim said. "We shouldn't be lucky to have it. We should just have it."