Flying with Tiny Humans
Back in the day, when traveling to a warm place my “necessity list” for packing looked like this:
Anything else could be picked up on the road, because not only did I have time to lounge around and relax in the sun. I also had time to lolligag and shop for fun new things. Times have changed. Now to get out the door the list is:
Lovies (2 for Charlie, 3 for Tilly)
The Leap Pad
Several hours worth of snacks
Sippy cups for the ride to the airport, dumped and refilled after the security line
Diapers (for transit)
Wipes (for transit)
Emergency clothing change for each kid
And a giant stroller
That’s just the carry-on list! Whew!
Now, keep in mind, we are in an extremely fortunate position. We are staying with Nick’s parents, and my MIL went out in anticipation of our arrival and picked up diapers, pull-ups, swim diapers, and wipes. All of the giant bulky things that everyone hates to pack. Otherwise, having to pack all that, or run around and buy it all upon arrival takes some of the fun out of vacation! Yay we’re in Florida. Time to go run errands…….Boo!
Initially, when we chose our flight (leaving Chicago at 4:15 pm), I thought ~ and may have even said to Nick ~ Great! It’s after nap, everyone will be well rested and well behaved for the flight. I didn’t consider transit time to the airport, wait time through check-in and security, and boarding time. Duh, Sandee, you jackass. There’s no time for nap time. Plus, we arrive in Ft. Meyers an hour after normal bed time. It’s the perfect storm for potential tantrums. Fantastic.
Fortunately, they were both pretty good. Not perfect, there was some crying from each kid, and a couple of ear piercing shrieks from Tilly. Overall, however, we only got two death stares, they were both from the same guy though. I’m counting it as one.
There was a lady, who upon boarding loudly exclaimed “Oh, great! I’m behind babies!” Originally, I thought she was going to be horrid to deal with, I was dreading the first reaction to unbecoming behavior. She was awesome. She came on the flight prepared for babies. She had bags of organic gummy bears that she gave the kids, (Did you know gummy bears make kids shut the F up? It’s all the chewing. Totally adding it to my bribery repertoire.), and when they got rambunctious again, chocolate covered marshmallow eggs appeared from Debbie. She was also able and willing to endlessly peek-a-boo Tilly to keep her crabby little self from screaming her head off. Tilly ended up requesting to play with “Debbie de airpane wady.”
We made it though, with sanity in tact. Mostly. We were at Casa de In-Law for almost a full hour before the s**t hit the fan.
More on that tomorrow. It’ll be a guest post from my lobster! He had a front row seat to the beginning of the mayhem. Oh boy…..My partner in crime, Out and about by Sandee Harned