Flying with Toddlers – Part 2

Oh how fun this past weekend was…no seriously it was! Easter with the grandparents was awesome! Great company, the zoo, lots of fun with my sister, and an unfortunate 2 hour and 15 minute delayed fight on the way there with Baby N – 16 months going through his terrible 2′s early in life.

A 2 hour delay is not fun for a child, especially when it is around 6 pm.  The airline was kind enough to announce the delay in increments of 30-45 minutes,  If I had known it would have been two hours I would have went home and took a flight in the am. But no! First it said 6:00pm, then 6:30, then 7:20, and lastly the dreaded 7:45 – when we boarded.  Baby N and I didn’t arrive at our destination until just before 11:pm so nap time came around midnight.  The whole experience made me very aware of how prepared I really was.  My nerves about leaving last week only got me prepared for the worst, and prepared I was!

I have some advice to give to moms travelling with children under 2 because I have had to do it many times.  When Baby N was under 10 months old flying was much easier.  I would have a bottle ready for him on takeoff and landing so his ears wouldn’t pop and then he would fall asleep.  This way he never had problems with his ears.  If he wasn’t that hungry I would give him a pacifier so the sucking would also help with his ear popping.  Magically enough this worked for me very well.  When Baby N was older (12-16 months), he would stand on my lap and look behind me to the rows of people and giggle and play peek-a boo with them.  Sometimes I thank those who sit behind us in my head because Mommy M simply was not enough entertainment for the baby.

Another trick I have up my sleeve is waiting to get on the plane until last minute.  The airlines always give moms extra time to get on first but really thats just extra time to sit there on the plane with your child and wait….I don’t like to wait!!

Ok one more trick: Westjet has Plus seating so now when I travel I book a regular seat and once I get to the airport I upgrade to Plus for $15 and request a seat with no one in the row.  Seems as though people don’t like paying extra so on two occasions now Baby N and I have had an empty row – way to go Mommy M (patting myself on the back)!



Toddlers on Planes – Day 1

I feel it is appropriate to call this post “Day one” – well why not?  Not to be confused with Day one of the month, or Day one of an exercise program, or Day one of a new diet fad I am trying, or Day one of being married (that comes in about 30 days :P).  No, its just Day one – the day I decided to jot down a couple of things about my life.  I think writing about a few things will help me stay on track with my goals and family life while I work hard and try my best to make everything work out positively and happily.  I guess we will see.

I am T- 3 hours away from boarding a plane destined for Alberta with my 16 month old boy.  We call him Baby N as I prefer not to give out names.  Baby N and Mommy M are off to visit some family for the Easter holidays.  I am definitely nervous about flying with him at this age as he really does have a mind of his own.  He is quite the little character and I am sure hes going to have a mini fit when we take off.  Now I could be wrong so let us all keep our fingers crossed.

I have flown with Baby N about 3 times and each time, as he got older, it got a bit scarier and a bit more stressful for me.  He is a very active little lad Baby N, and our flight is about 30 minutes before the witching hour for toddlers (for those who don’t know it’s usually between 6-730 pm).  Thank goodness our flight is only about 50 minutes!

My anticipation is making me sweat and my office just became HOT! (I am at work as I wait for Daddy C to bring Baby N to the office and take us to the airport – had to get a last day in before Easter.)  I am usually complaining about the freezing temperatures in here and usually have a heater going so somethings up!

I am dedicated to getting through the flight with no issues and no whining, crying, yelling, or screeching…by Baby N too.  I wonder what Day 2 is going to be all about?  OH BOY! get ready for a gooder.

REFLECTION: It feels nice sharing my thoughts and I hope I can continue to do this on a regular basis.  I ask myself if this can save my sanity and I just think it may… As a non-journal writing kind of person the technical aspect of blogging may just work for me.  In regards to the plane ride – I am confident it will go just fine.

Stay tuned for my next post – Toddlers on Planes 2 – Tips on Flying With Kids Under 2