Thursday, July 30, 2009

Plane Trips with Little Ones

I was very nervous about traveling with a 4 year old, 2 year old, and a 6 week old especially when I knew we would be spending 4 hours on a plane each way. Luckily this time I had Adam to help with the kiddos and a new attitude. I prayed a lot that God would keep me calm and take away my silly need to control everything and as always God came through.

Here are some things I learned:
1) Lollipops are a must, they help pop the kids ears and keep them quiet the first 20 minutes when nothing is happening. Oh yeah and lot's of snacks! They no longer serve snacks on planes unless you pay(LAME) and so be prepared with loads of food.
2) Separating the kids is a great idea. Adam took Connor and I took Bryce on the way to Oregon and then we switched on the way back. That meant no one heard the word "mine" the whole plane ride.
3) Kids headphones are a great invention, we already had one pair and bought another for this trip. This way the rest of the plane didn't have to hear the Disney movie that was playing. It was also a plus that Adam and I both brought our laptops and each boy could pick a movie to watch.
4) A special surprise, on the way up about halfway through the flight I pulled out a special surprise for each boy. They both got a magic pen coloring book that were each gifted wrapped which made them extra special.
5) On the way back to Texas I knew that my children were exhausted, so I told them that before they could play with any toys or have any snacks they had to take a nap. That actually worked and both boys slept for 2 hours.
6) I put the boys in matching bright colored shirts to ensure I could spot them at all times and so could others around. Yes they looked cute, but it helped Adam and I a lot.

Overall the boys really did a great job traveling(we were so happy when other travelers around us thanked us for having such well behaved children). There were moments when Adam and I looked at each other and just laughed because we looked ridiculous, but we were making memories right? (Imagine watching us going through security with 2 boys, 1 baby, 2 laptop bags, 2 kid backpacks, 2 rolling suitcases, 1 diaper bag, 1 infant car seat, 1 double stroller, and of course 4 pairs of shoes that had to be taken off and put back on. It was quite a show for others I am sure.)
Alexis was perfect she just slept and ate, what a pro. We had one incident when she had a "blowout" and I found myself in the bathroom of a plane trying to wash her and get a new outfit on(I am sure it was funny to watch) the soiled outfit went straight to the trashcan.
Bryce enjoyed the endless supply of snacks, especially when Daddy shared "his" skittles.
Connor loved watching his very own movies.

1 comment:

momma sadler said...

for my (4) 2 hour flights alone with a 12 month old, I took: a plastic spoon, pipe cleaners, stickers, calculator, books, dvd player with movies, pacifiers, bottles, sippy cups, cheese, hot dog, cheerios, extra outfit in case of blow out, blanket, softie (his blankey). He played with my retainer holder and a small bottle of lotion. But we also got compliments on his great behavior which made me so proud. Glad to hear that you guys had a great time and made it back unscathed.

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