Dear readers, I’m back! I’ve just returned from a fantastic vacation to California to visit my family. It was quite the adventure getting there because it was D2’s first plane ride. To say I was nervous about travelling across the country on my own with a toddler is an understatement. At almost 20 months, D2 is very active and loathes sitting in his car seat for more than a couple of hours. Now I’m a very seasoned traveler having been all around the world for business and pleasure but I shuddered at the thought of being in a steel tube 30,000 feet in the air with a rambunctious little boy for nearly seven hours. To give my little one credit, he was superb on both the outgoing and return trips. He’s definitely inherited my travel genes and is quite the little extrovert. Where ever we went he smiled, waved, blew kisses and darn near charmed the pants off of everyone we encountered. We had no shortage of people offering to help us.
Prepping for our first trip together wasn’t too bad. There’s a decent amount of information on line (as well as plenty of horror stories and cautionary tales chronicled by helpful parents) but I found the site Momaboard to be the most helpful. This site gave helpful advice on everything from the most family friendly airlines to whether or not to carry a car seat on board. Now that I’ve got one trip under my belt, here’s a few things I learned:
All in all, we had a blast with my family and D2 took the three hour time change in stride (though he is still on “night club” hours now that we’re back on the East coast). Would I travel solo with a toddler again? Probably not if given a choice. Yes, D2 was a champ on the road but I was exhausted. Traveling a long distance alone with a child is hard work because you are their sole source of entertainment and comfort. You can’t sleep or do much of anything until they’re asleep and if your child is like mine, sleep is for the dead. Still this trip taught me about my increasingly deep reserves of patience, the kindness of strangers, the wonders of things I take for granted and most important, just how resilient my little guy is. I’m looking forward to Dr. D. joining us next time so he can share in the fun.