For the better part of the last two weeks we’ve been traveling at some point or another. Its been pretty clear that worst part of traveling as a family is getting in long plane rides. There is limited ways around this, you could drug your kids (I think most of us wish that was cool but its usually not!), have a short enough flight were it feels like a car ride – like a hopper flight from NYC to Rochester, you can pack up a sweet to go back for a kiddo with games, books and TV/DVDs in our case it was an iPad loaded with dozens of his favorite shows. Still that wasnt enough to stop the dreaded Toddler on the Plane… I honestly felt for the kids in front of us – thankfully their father had the foresight to place his two teenage sons where he was supposed to be siting (I really was holding in the laughter at the scene where he explained to them why he needed to sit with their sister). In the end I’m sure those kids where saying lines that only Samuel L Jackson could truly pull off.
So if there is a movie producer out there looking for sequel to Airplane with some spicy Samuel L Jackson lines give me a call 😛 cause seriously don’t we all love that screaming baby on a plane (just sucks when its your kid who’s doing the screaming).
On the bright side for those who think we do a lot of traveling Marc is about to turn 2 in August which means we need to purchase a seat for him to fly with us… I highly doubt we’ll be doing as much traveling with him when he costs us another 300-400 dollars to get some place. I’ll apologize now to all grandmothers and great grandmothers and great grandfathers because this will limit our traveling plans (ALOT).
Traveling with a baby or toddler is rough as we had to fly with a car seat, a stroller, and a bag full of diapers/wipes/milk bottles and dozens of other things you NEED to have… add the extra clothes that need to be split between the two check bags and now we’re also pushing bag weight limits. This really reminds me of all those National Lampoons Vacation movies or maybe the home alone where they wake up late for the flight and need to rush out of their home forgetting one thing or another (child). Really its how it is – STRESS to a different level between needing to take your child’s shoes off at security or have them test the milk it really could make one snap – add a screaming toddler for long periods of time maybe that’s why MamaDrinks and DadsGoneFishing could be such popular sites or topics.
This could definitely be a movie. Our last flight (returning from DisneySMMoms) we had a “Toddler on a plane” incident with JSL that I'm saving for the subject of a blog post. Suffice it to say that it involved an ill-timed diaper change and strange looks our way.
First of all the airplanes we were on had the smallest changing tables – so we changed him standing up! its was crazy – two there and two home – super dirty diapers – ill-timed in deed!
Love it! I remember the stress of flying when my kids were babies; and I've sat next to a few that weren't mine – yikes! Oh, and love the picture.
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We were so fortunate when traveling with our toddlers because they usually slept. The key was to wear them out by running up and down the terminal until just before boarding. Like a marathon runner crumbling to his knees at the finish line, we'd just pick them up and keep them going if they showed signs of weariness. I will say that screaming kids don't bother me the way they bother some. For one, I know the parents are probably mortified. I also relish the fact that I get to step off the plane without 'em. 😉 On my flight back from Utah I had an unruly little one kicking the back of my seat while his mother apologized for the umpteenth time. That was the closest I ever got to annoyed but I was so happy to actually be on a flight after my ordeal that I rested soundly.
My nightmare come true. LOL. I've never flown with my kids, and have no desire to.
You are too funny but I definitely understand your pain. Eddy, Babyboy and I are off to CA on the 16th. 5 hours of flying and I am getting creative with how to entertain him.
We didn't try flying until our youngest was almost 4, and she handled it like a champ. All those 3 – 4 hour car rides to visit relatives finally paid off. 🙂
Great Post! This is exactly why we have not taken our kids on a plane yet but besides that, like you said, it only makes since when the kids are under 2. Now that we have 2 kids over 2, it can be really expensive!