When preparing for my flight alone with my kids (who by the way are 2 under 2!) I set out to find everything I needed to make this flight a successful one. PINTEREST. The all knowing, wondrous world of Pinterest. I would type in things like, “tips for entertaining kids on flight, flying along with kids, toys/distractions, how not to have a breakdown on a plane, etc.”
To my amazement there was an answer for everything! But not a helpful one.
I was so determined to make this trip go as “smooth” that I even went to measures to find a way to strap the car seat I had to carry on to the stroller or a carry on bag! Through all the stress, tears and sweat, I learned more of what you ACTUALLY need and found it is more important to just let the little things go when traveling with two kids.
1. Security WILL pull you aside and pat you down
No joke. Traveling alone with two kids must translate to “she has to be hiding something!” They patted me down in-between the baby on my back and in-between the baby in the stroller. One was crying because her binky and blanket were being scanned, while I stood there with my arms up waiting for the pat down to end…
While in the airport the most awful thing will happen when you least expect it. Yup. You will have to pee, with two kids, alone. Luckily, it can be done! Wear you child on your back (high on your back I might add or all sorts of trouble might occur!) You can skip all of this IF you have a helper there! Hopefully you do!
3. You will SWEAT
Be prepared for waterworks ladies. Wearing one on your back or front and lugging around a car seat, stroller and backpack makes one sweat!
4. You will pack everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) you need for the flight.
Like I said I was on pinterest like crazy finding out what to pack. I packed a box of fun. I had coloring books, crayons, stickers, sippy cups, portable dvd player, favorite babies, a magnet book, snacks (oh did we pack tons of snacks!) and blanket/ binkies!
5. You will use NOTHING you packed.
That’s right, everything we packed, barely even was touched. The only thing those kids needed was a cup of ice and a magnet book. The rest of the time they slept on take off AND landing! The in-between it was just mommy entertaining and playing “dress the princess” on the magnet board.
6. You will meet NICE people.
Of course you will meet nice people! I heard comments all day such as, ” Only a mom can do what you do! Way to go! ” “You are a rock star” (My personal favorite I heard that day) “You are more man than me!” (As I walk in front of the line because I have kids, pushing the stroller, baby on my front, backpack on my back and car seat swung over my shoulder, acting like IT REALLY IS NO BIGGIE. uhhh Yeah it was a biggie. Once I got out of sight everything got ten times heavier and I couldn’t get in my seat fast enough!)
7. Oh, then you will meet THOSE people
Yes, you unfortunately cannot escape THOSE people. I wish you could. In fact I wish they would simply just smile and not say a thing. But when they do, you may hear things such as “Why would you do this to yourself?” “You NEED a nanny ” or even ” Great sitting next to the waterworks…” My kids did not cry the entire flight. On landing, in the airport, yes they bawled. But on the plane? Not once!
8. You MAY experience tears
There may be a time you want to break down and call the whole thing off. The kids will get tired of having to sit the whole day. You will be tired from dragging them everywhere. You may be the one who ends up in tears and not the kids!
9. You WILL go though all the things in the bag 20 times and still not have the “right snack”.
Oh the giant bag of yummy snacks you knew the kids loved? They will all of the sudden decide none are good on the flight. It will be a “back and forth” of “eat this its so yummy!!?” Once they try it, they will say, “hmm no diffnt one” and you will want to pull your own hair out, knowing there is nothing you can do.
10. You MAY have a slight moment of peace.
There may come a glorious moment when they FALL ASLEEP!?!? I didn’t expect this!! We got ready to take off and both kids knocked out on one another! The woman next to me was like, “did you drug them for the flight?” NO! They just wanted to sleep!
11. That PEACE will end
Yes unfortunately those sweet little naps give the kids more energy to go go go! They will want out, scream NO at the top of their lungs and may even kick the seat in front of you. (oh that poor lady…)
12. You WILL workout without even knowing it.
Luckily you will get the workout of your life this week. I kept reminding myself “I can do hard things” and keep pushing along. The day after this all ends you will wake up thinking, “did I get hit by a car last night?”
13. You will snack all day and have no time for lunch.
You will be so prepared with snacks that by the time lunch comes you will have no time to stop and eat. You got this! I barely had enough time to change diapers in between flights before having to board again.
14. You WILL need to stretch the kids and walk around.
Ugh I dreaded this. Lugging around all our crap and then they both needing to walk around?! I was terrified. One can run away from me and the other wanted to be carried. On top of that how do I keep track of our items?? I was so stressed at this point!
Need I say more?
16. Angels MAY come to the rescue.
During the flight my youngest got very frustrated. Of course it is the last twenty minutes of the flight and everything will begin to crumble down. Tears were present all around, and if things could not get any worse, a poopy diaper occurs. Luckily an angel came. The flight attendant woman said, “why don’t you change him and I’ll walk him up and down the aisle for a minute to give him a different view? Yes please!
17. You WILL constantly check the time to see if it changed.
20 minutes!? I t was 20 minutes 10 minutes ago! Why is it going by so slow!
18. You MAY lose your marbles- or a phone…
In all the hustle of dragging kids, bags and blankets, you may lose something. I lost my phone. Changing two kids on the changing table, letting one hold the phone for a distraction, then who knows where it went, will make anyone lose their mind.
19. You WILL never travel alone again
I will never travel alone again. At least not until the kids are older!
20. You WILL be grateful it is over…Until you realize you have to do it again flying home. Then you MAY cry.
I was. I was so happy to land and see my family. I felt all the weight off my shoulders (literally) and sat their relieved to have finished the day with success. Then realized I had to do it all over again in a week…
So there will be ups and downs with the kids when flying alone. There will never be the right toys,distractions, or snacks.
There may not even be a time they take a decent nap. But just remind yourself- “I can do hard things” and push along. You are strong. You are brave and YOU CAN DO HARD THINGS. It does not matter what others tell you along the way. They are not you and YOU can to anything.
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