It’s been a month since we ventured out of California for our “vacation” with the twins. Since I’ve had enough time to recover, it’s about time I write about it before we do it all over again.
Let’s first talk about flying with twins. During their first 9 months, B&B were fairly well traveled. They took their first flight at 6 1/2 weeks old to Portland for a friend’s wedding, had nearly back to back trips to Washington and Denver at 6 months, and even made their way across the border to ring in the new year in Mexico at 9 months. Other than allll of the crap you have to bring with you, and figuring out the whole nursing/pumping details, traveling pre-mobility wasn’t too bad. Sure there would be some cries, but as long as we had a baby carrier and could at least rock/bounce them to sleep we were golden. Once the mobility happened, it was a whole other ball game! Long story short, we traveled shortly after they turned one to visit family and friends and it was HARD. They wanted to walk, explore, basically do anything but sit still. There was no distracting them. We tried new toys and new snacks, but our active kids had none of it. We basically just had to countdown and pray for the best! In fact, during one part of our trip (we were flying from Spokane after seeing my SIL graduate from police academy to Boise for some lake time with friends) we caught the attention of a dad blogger and basically went viral as the frazzled twin parents! After that, we had one more short trip to Oregon we couldn’t back out of and then vowed not to get on a plane for a looooong time.
We stayed true to our word, but the time came and we couldn’t avoid it any longer. During our trip last year (which btw was with Troy’s college best friends and their families. 8 adults, 11 kids. Total chaos but SO fun!) we vowed to make it a point to get together ever year if we can. So we did! This year we were down 1 family as they just welcomed baby #5 to their clan, and opted to go to our friends’ new house instead of a vacation destination. It was so great to visit, see the kids together, and visit some more once the kids finally went to sleep 😉 Before I share some pictures, here are a few of my takeaways:
- If you are introducing headphones for iPads/videos, try them out before your trip to get your kid(s) used to them. We did not do this and sadly they were basically useless 😩
- Bring lots and lots of snacks. New ones are always a big hit. Pirates booty was a BIG hit during our layover that seemed to keep extending.
- Early morning flights might seem like a terrible idea (ugh, 4:30am wakeup?!), but they still turnout better than a flight during what would/should be nap-time.
- Don’t be afraid to get an adult beverage in during the mix. You’ll probably need it
- Cups with straws WILL spray everywhere when you open them after takeoff.
- People are generally not pleased when toddlers kick the chairs in front of them. Toddlers usually could care less.
- If you have a flight during your kid’s typical nap-time, it is likely a recipe for disaster (at least it is for our kids!) but if/when they fall asleep in your arms, it’s basically the best feeling in the world ❤️
- Not flight related, but waking up almost daily at 5:30am to a toddler who recently learned the art of escaping a packnplay following a late night hanging out with friends requires loooots of coffee.
Exhaustion aside, it was well worth it. It was great to spend time with family and friends we don’t get to see very often. We watched little league games, swam, played on swings, enjoyed jumpy houses, water parks, boat rides and bbqs. My friend said it best when I was dealing with two whiny tantruming toddlers “someday they will be too big and cool to hang out with us so let’s take advantage of all the cuddles and hugs we can get”. ❤️