We did it. We packed Owen (and 1/2 the nursery) up and headed out super early this morning. We babbled about the airplane and for the first time, Owen totally understood. He kept saying “Hehpay (airplane)! Up, up up! Sky!”. We’ve probably taken about 5 or 6 trips (so, 10-12 flights) with Owen, and every single time I have been pleasantly surprised at how easy everything was.
Today things were not necessarily in our favor. We sat at the gate for almost 45 minutes before taking off. For the first time since Owen was big enough to sit in his own seat, the flight was completely full and he had to sit on my lap the whole flight. This was pretty much my nightmare scenario. But you know what? We survived. We played with our favorite airplane toy and ripped pages out of the SkyMall magazine one by one. A cup of ice provided at least 10-15 minutes of entertainment. It really wasn’t all that awful (for us OR the people sitting around us). Time passed. It’s over.
Now we’re chillin’ in O’Hare waiting for our second flight. That’s right, I said second flight. In all the times that we’ve flown, we’ve never had 2 flights. Or a layover. Or a flight that conflicts 100% with his one nap of the day. This will be all kinds of an experiment. Not one I really wanted to do, but it was necessary this time.
And I’m sure we’ll survive.
All I can say is, thank goodness for a bag full of snacks (Pirate Booty! Crackers! Freeze dried fruits! Raisins and craisins! Apples!). And airline clubs. Right now we are sitting in the “family room” letting Owen watch a little tv (rare treat) and play with huge building blocks. That beats climbing on the same old terminal chairs any day.
Really not sure how this next flight will go. Ideally Owen will fall asleep on my lap and the flight will be quick and painless. Ha! We’ll see. Either that or he’ll get totally wired and cranky and will have a complete meltdown. We’re renting a car when we reach our destination so at least he can have a quick carseat nap then. Only time will tell.
Hope your weekends are filled with less travel than ours!