HURRAY! Ben and I made it safely to Florida last night. We flew out of Springfield/Branson because I wanted to fly on Allegiant (Allegiant has a direct flight and I’m flying with a toddler…can you blame me?) and the flight times out of XNA wouldn’t get me here in time for my meetings today. So, we left the house at 10am and made it to the airport around 11:30. Dave drove us up and stayed so we could eat lunch together at the airport before Ben and I went through security and to our gate.
Unfortunately, our flight was delayed and we didn’t depart until 3:15. Yes, that means FIVE hours of travel before we even took off. Ben was a real trooper and did a very thorough job of keeping us both laughing and wearing us out during the delay.
The only real glitch (other than the delayed flight) occurred during my frantic, last-minute packing tirade yesterday morning (yes, it was two hours before we left for the airport but, I’m telling you, I work best under pressure): I realized that I had completely forgotten to find a single stroller to borrow. I briefly considered hauling Ben around in our double stroller and strapping his bear into the seat next to him.
Thankfully, Dave’s mom came through for us and we were able to borrow the garage sale find she had stashed at her house. I don’t know if she has ever used it but she graciously dug it out and brought it over yesterday morning before we left.
Note: I have nothing against a good garage sale find; with the exception of this stroller.
The stroller was a challenge only when you tried to push it while someone was sitting in it. Details. Details.
I did eventually get the hang of it. The trick to manage this special stroller was three-fold:
1) At all times, keep the stroller headed in a straight line.
2) Do not, under any circumstance, turn the wheels in either direction (if you are in dire need of making a turn, simply lean down and manually move the wheels into place).
3) Keep both hands on the stroller at all times to push.
I was cracking myself up trying to push the unruly stroller with one hand and pull my luggage with the other.
It actually turned out to be a great toy for Ben. He loved pushing it up and down the airport. He wore himself out during the wait and was ready for a nice long nap on the plane.
Coincidentally, I was also ready for a nap. I think I actually fell asleep the minute I sat down. Thankfully, Ben didn’t jump out of my lap and make a run for it while I was busy drooling on the shoulder of the poor lady in the seat next to us. In my book, that’s as good as it gets when traveling with a toddler.
Solo trip #1, Part 1: A Success.
|Ben sitting in the stroller watching planes take off. Apparently, it worked just fine as a stationary seat.|
|This was a really fun game. And, yes, that’s a new shirt. We had an incident involving a water bottle.|
|All spread out in our little corner: snacks, blanket, luggage, toys…we just made ourselves at home.|
We landed around 6:45 and headed to my parents for a late dinner. It was a fun night of catching up and laughing. Ben LOVED the attention and soaked up his moment in the spotlight of Nana, Papa, Aunt Lori, Uncle Steven, and Aunt Christina’s adoration.
He finally went to sleep way past his bedtime and actually slept really well. He even slept in until 8:15 this morning. I think he loved the quiet room all to himself without fear of a flying stuffed animal or cup or ball whacking him in the head to force him to wake up and start the day (courtesy of Nathan, of course).
And, the great news is that Nathan had a great night sleep back home!
Wondering how the boys would sleep when apart was one of our biggest concerns about this trip. One night of successful sleeping has allowed Dave and I to relax a little bit and start to consider the possibility that we aren’t doing any long term damage to these two with these few days apart.
In fact, Nathan has been having a ball at home with daddy and cousins and Nana & Papa Marrs all to himself. I got this adorable photo today from Samantha with a glowing report that Nate was having fun and was his silly, ornery self:
Ben had a blast today spending a few hours with Great-Grandma Smith while my mom worked and I attended my meeting. He had such a fun day and did so well at Grandma’s. He didn’t cry when Nana dropped him off and he picked up all his toys and placed them by the door when Grandma told him Nana was on her way back to pick him up that afternoon. Grandma loved having him over and couldn’t get over what a smart and sweet little boy he is becoming.
Can you tell that I’m really proud and really relieved that there were no tears today? 🙂
|Running around at Nana & Papa’s enjoying the GORGEOUS, warm weather!|
|Packed up and ready to go to Great-Grandma’s house.
Mr. Bear? Check.
Little People Kitchenette? Check.
All the necessities.