I’m getting pretty excited! One week from today I’ll be heading out to spend the summer with my mom! As ecstatic as I am for the summer, I’m not as enthusiastic about the trip itself. I was telling a blogger friend yesterday about it. It’ll take 3 planes, 36 hours spanning across 3 calendar days.
We have a 12 hour layover thank goodness it’s at night! We’ll be staying in a hotel so the plan is to rest up, shower and have breakfast and continue with the trip. Flying internationally with kids isn’t my favorite thing to do alone. The last time I did that, my oldest was 18 months and cried for 9 hours straight (how is that even possible?!). I did everything I could to comfort, please, soothe, and distract her but she wasn’t having any of it. People came up to me and cussed me out, everyone around me gave me dirty looks, and we weren’t the favorite passenger’s on the plane (understandably so!). Thank you to the French lady that hugged me and gave me words of encouragement that meant more to me in that moment than seems logical.
After that experience, I’m not sure what to expect. When we came to Spain last year, we all travelled together and our youngest was 7 months. She did really good on the trip even with an unexpected situation that turned a 1 hour layover into 12. 18 months is a tricky age. She’s walking, doesn’t like to sit still, wants to get into everything, explores everything with her mouth, will play with various things within a small frame of time, can get distracted just as easily as she’s entertained…So sitting on the same plane for 12 hours with limited possibility of
destroying exploring things probably won’t be very exciting to her. She takes a 3 hour nap so that only leaves 9 hours for me to keep her entertained enough to not go crazy because she’s confined to a small space for such a long time…That should be a breeze! I’ll be taking plenty of snacks along (food always makes her happy- this scenario warrants it!), thank goodness she watches her big sister and follows suit, and this will be one time that strangers will be glad that I still breastfeed nurse my 18 month old. If all else fails, that cures all of her problems!
Besides the trip itself, I’m really looking forward to this summer. The girls will have a great time at their grandparents house, we’ll be swimming, BBQing, hanging out and just enjoying the Arizona summer
inferno weather. Besides seeing my mom and spending time with her I’m most excited about finishing my Life Coach certification course and…I’m going to get trained to be a Reiki practitioner! This summer is going to be full of learning and spiritual immersion and I can hardly wait!
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What are your summer plans? Any vacations or staycations planned? Where to? Who’s going? Is it an annual trip or first time? Any tips on travelling with toddlers? I’ve scoured Pinterest and have plenty of ideas and plans in place but I’m not above considering all options before heading into this situation again! No terror accounts please, we’ll swap horror stories after the trip 😉 Funny and happy cases are encouraged. I’d love to hear about your travel plans for the summer as near or far as they take you.