I’m a pro at traveling with my kid. I’ve only flown with my husband and my son once, and that was when we flew up North in Brasil. I slept the whole flight as a way to get even… it was my “vacation.” But normally I fly with my son alone. When he was first born I took the 5 hour flight to Hawaii with my 3 month old. Half the plane exclaimed they didn’t even know he was on the flight until after we landed and they saw me getting off. Yeah he’s that good. He sleeps through landings. We made the trip with luggage (70lbs each) and all to Brasil, and every time I fly into the US for work, I fly alone, so I like to think I have it down. So yes, I have been spending the Holidays with the family in the great old USA.
This time of course my kid is 18 months, i.e. wiggly and I’m 6 months prego. And on top of the flight to the US, we had to make 2 flights to LA. with in a matter of days (carry on only because I hate having to check luggage and I’m cheap). Thanksgiving day by the way, super great day to fly, airports are super chill. The LA flights meant carry on luggage, on top of car seat and 20lb laptop bag and stroller. Yes I had to sleep for 4 hours straight upon landing, and was exhausted, but we did it. Hertz dropped me off at the airport in my rental car, so I didn’t have to take out the car seat, and load everything onto a shuttle… it was a nice “mom traveling alone” perk. The really obnoxious LAX employee who made me go all the way back down to checkin just to prove my Carryon fit, well she can bite me. Of course it fit……I know what I’m doing here people.
I don’t travel with toys. They end up being thrown, lost or just extra weight. I do load up my smartphone with some Xuxa videos and calming Baby Einstein, and lots of different new foods and sippy cups (I don’t like to wash them so I bring a few). I found that American Airlines in Sao Paulo didn’t give me any priority access at checkin, unlike other airlines. Oh well. I also JUST MISSED getting to Gold Status this year as my flight back occurred on January 4th. SUPER BUGGED.
Blankets are my friend, it makes my kid feel like home and I can pile and snuggle them up to make a little bed for him if I have an empty seat next to me– this time I didn’t travel with the Ergo as I’m already carrying a baby 😉 and didn’t need two on my front– so we bought a seat. I forgo naps when traveling, as once my kid is tired enough he always falls asleep in my arms… otherwise he won’t and play the whole flight. We’ve got hours of on and off with lights, or playing with the air conditioning, or reading the colorful magazines to keep my kid entertained. I have found videoing my son repeatedly and letting him watch himself is also a great distraction. Seriously how did people travel before the invention of the smartphone?! Of course my kid is always best when we sit next to someone nice, who he can pretend to talk to or sing to, or generally just smile at. So thank you to all of those passengers who have been friendly!
Most airports I can check in about an hour and a half before, and end up with time before the flight to let the kid run the airport halls, yell “WOOOW!” at each and every airplane, and generally wear himself out. I’ve found that LAX is much worse… worse than GRU. I always need to get there at least 2 hours before, and usually only end up with 5 minutes before take off!
We have now been back for a week, and people I’m about to take off again. Yes you heard right. I have to fly to LA again for two weeks. But this will be the first time I leave my son alone in Brasil with the nanny and husband.
But as you can see my nanny and son are best of buds. In fact when he saw the apartment from the taxi he started yelling out her name. Don’t worry he still calls my name when something is wrong or he needs help, is sick or has crapped his pants (the life of a mother)