So we finally got to go see the family up north in June, and it was pretty awesome! Cousins finally got to meet each other and all the kids had so much fun. It was the first time for a plane ride, to go to the beach, and to visit NYC where the kids got to meet Big Bird and Cookie Monster. Jadyn also got to eat his first hot dog.
I never thought we would have so many luggages. We brought two car seats, a stroller (which I was finally able to convince Jordan to get a new one, Praise Jesus!) a bag for Jordan, one for me, and one for the boys. Having to deal with those bags is probably the worst part of traveling. The boys did so well on the plane, there was no crying or screaming. (YAY!) It was really nice to get away and see family, only bad part about the trip is both Jadyn and Colin got sick, so their sleeping and schedules went right out the window. Eventually everyone got sick in the Muller house, and by the time they were feeling and sleeping better it was time for us to come back.
I will list the things we did to make flying better but the thing is if your a mom and your reading this, you know your child better then anyone else and you know what works with them and what doesn't. What I will say to you is this; I was scared of flying with both the kids and what if my kids become those kids that are screaming up a storm the ENTIRE flight- my answer to that is who gives a flying toot. Just remember to be gracious, that doesn't only apply to the kids, but to you. Flying with kids is not like flying on your own, so give yourself time, be patient with your kids, and BREATH. This also goes for those of you who don't have any kids, if you see someone traveling with kids ask if you can help, be nice! I won't ever forget I was blessed to have people who loved kids and offered plenty of times to help throughout the flight. Don't be that person who shakes their head in disapproval because the parent can't keep their kid quiet! I mean it’s hard enough for me to sit still for three hours. Jordan had told me that when we were all boarding people walked by saying "lets sit far away, they have kids" (insert me giving them the stink eye here). DO NOT be one of those people.
Here are a few things we did to help flying easier:
1. Keep things organized, it will save you time when you know where things are.
2. If the kids are under two you will need a copy of the birth certificate to prove their age.
3. We flew Southwest so we paid for early bird check-in which gave us priority boarding.
4. Give your self plenty of time and get there a little early, so you’re not rushing.
5. Keep all the baby liquids and food together and easy to get so security check is easier.
6. Sit in front of the plane, there is only one bathroom with a SUPER SMALL changing table, which is by the front cabin. You will also get out faster. Funny story- on the way up to CT Jordan boarded first while I was dealing with the stroller, and he decides to choose THE VERY LAST seat, when I got in I was like what the ?!?! I called his name out load and he looked up (so did everyone else) and I just shook my head and pointed to the seats in the front and everyone just chuckled.
7. Snacks, and plenty of them.
8. Some new toys, we brought play-doh.
9. Something to snuggle with and comfort them.
10. Try to hold off naptime, and let them run wild at the gate to burn off all that energy.
11. Suck on a pacifier or bottle when ascending or descending (it helps with the pressure in those little ears).
12. Again I wont stress enough is to BREATH, be patient. Have fun and enjoy the journey, you will look back and regret that you were to wound up and not enjoying the moment.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit - Romans 15:13