Family / Motherhood

Hell on Wheels, or Traveling with a Toddler

Let me begin by saying…I love my daughter. She’s happy, spunky and fun, and she keeps me on my toes. She’s extremely busy, but I like it that way.

Except when we’re on a plane. It’s not as fun on a plane.

For those of you that haven’t experienced it, here’s the problem with toddlers and traveling. Toddlers like to move. A lot. And traveling…is a little confining for these poor little people. Whether it’s in a car seat or on Mommy’s lap on the airplane, they get bored. Fast.

(Oh, did I mention we missed our flight to Wisconsin? Yeah, we kinda overestimated our ability to drive all the way to the airport in less time than it was supposed to take. Whoops. Anyways, so we missed our flight, but it was grounded anyways, so we just sat there and watched it sit outside the window, while we were told that we couldn’t get on. Didn’t make much sense.)  

So…we ran Miss Jo around the San Fran airport for four hours and got her on the plane. The four hours of running did not wear her out enough to sleep for more than 30 minutes. She’s like the Energizer bunny on speed.

Our flight consisted of lots of frustrated crying, running back and forth down the aisle, and occasionally reaching out to try to steal some poor passenger’s cell phone.

Doesn’t sound that bad? The flight was four hours long. It was exhausting. Don’t judge, you weren’t there.

On the way home, we resolved to make things better. So…we poured her a glass of milk before we got on the flight and tried to drug her with some melatonin. Because we’re good parents like that.

She spit it out.

We put all three Toy Story movies on the laptop.

Every time we started a movie, she pushed all the buttons on the keyboard and did something freaky that I didn’t know you could do.

We spent this flight alternating between angry screaming and awkward sleeping positions, while the couple with the two year old in front of us asked if there was something wrong. You see, their son had been asleep the whole time. Jerks.

Don’t let this picture fool you. She’s just taking a mini nap before her next rampage.

I love my daughter. She was a great flyer for the first 6 months of her life. I’m sure that in a few months she’ll be able to sit still and do all those fun activities that people plan for their kids. Unfortunately…that time isn’t now.

Right now…I’m thinking we’ll be grounded for a while.

Besides the traveling, our trip was absolutely wonderful and I can’t wait to post more pictures over the next few days – including our new family pictures. Stay tuned!

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