Joey and I decided to travel to Florida for Christmas. It’s completely different this time around because we’ll be traveling with a 2.9-year-old and a 9-month-old. Yikes! First time flying with 2 kids. Last time we traveled to see our family in Florida, Julianna was about 1.5 years old or so. The flight there was BRUTAL. We were scarred for life, that’s for sure. Joey and I made the terrible mistake of booking a red-eye ticket (thinking that she would sleep the entire way), but it back-fired. Julianna got extremely over-tired and didn’t sleep at all. The flight attendants were very loud and weren’t helpful at all. They had bright lights in front of us, so our poor daughter wasn’t able to shut her eyes. After 4 hours of just pure exhaustion, she cried for the rest of the flight. Click here for the rest of that story.
To tell you the truth, when I traveled for the first time with Julianna, she was about 8 months old. I was really scared and nervous about flying with a baby. I didn’t know what to expect, what to do, or what people would think of me if she cried. After having my second child and after turning 32, I feel like my confidence was majorly boosted. I feel confident as a mom of 2 and I feel comfortable dealing with the kids. Julianna is at an age where she listens and can be reprimanded if needed. I’m still not brave enough to travel with both of them by myself, but you know what I mean. I think I can control the situation better now.
Packing is going to be a little crazy this time around too since I have to take all of their clothes, stroller, toys, diaper bag, playpen, etc. We still have a few days until our trip, but I have already begun planning for our plane strategy. I am getting them new toys, books, headphones, and downloading a lot of apps on their Ipads. Yes. Julianna will have an Ipad and Rocco will too. Better be safe than sorry, right? At least we know that if all fails, we can use that “wild card”.
(This picture was what I packed for a 1 year old on our last trip to Florida)
Aside from all that jazz, I think we’re pretty well prepared. I decided not to take the double stroller for our trip because maneuvering that thing is like driving a school bus. I’m taking Rocco’s smaller stroller and I’m also taking the baby carrier just in case. There’s nothing better than traveling with a baby and being able to have your hands free to do everything else.
I’m excited to take the kids to the Florida beaches. I am hoping that the weather is beautiful enough to do that. I am sure that Julianna will have a blast and well, it’ll be Rocco’s first time. Priceless.
Are you traveling for the holidays? How do you prepare for your trip with kids? Any tips?
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