After surviving all the holiday travel I feel the need to just scream out “YEAH!!!!” (right before passing out from exhaustion, of course)
The reason for my excitement is that my husband and I made it from PA to RI (by car) and back (by car again – but this time loaded to the hilt- and NO- all this stuff did not fit in our car!)
Then down to Florida (by plane, bus, car, and train (OK monorail)) and back home with an almost 2 year old (Boog- pronounced like “booger”, but without the “er”) and there was not one melt down (either with my son or with us)! And, oh, did I mention that I’m 5 ½ months pregnant?!
Given that our families live in different parts of the country, we’re used to the extensive travel over the holidays. We’re just not used to making it completely without incident.
So what’s the secret to our travel success? I wish I could take credit for short security lines and on time flights, but I can’t. About the only thing we did was buy a portable DVD player (TOTALLY worth the investment. Of course now we’re paying for it since all Boog says now is “Choo Choo” and points to the TV or computer. It seems our non-TV watching child is hooked for good!), bring our new Quattro Tour Sport stroller with the monstrous basket (otherwise, lugging 4 pieces of checked bags and 4 carry-ons would’ve been BEYOND a nightmare!), driving in the car during nap time as much as possible, and pointing out every little vehicle we saw along the way for my transportation obsessed child (“Look at the truck”, “See the plane moving?”, “We’re going on a train now”). In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Boog happier than when the shuttle bus that took us to parking pulled up next to us. He actually jumped for joy and clapped his hands!
On that note, I have to say that the best part of the trip was being able to see all those little things that I typically overlook, through Boog’s eyes. Whoever knew that climbing onto a monorail and watching it pull away from the station could be so completely captivating? Or that there really are a TON of trucks on the NJ Turnpike? And, according to Boog, you can see cars from 30,000 feet in the air? Oh, and how could I forget to mention the fact that every little button on a plane is so entertaining (especially the “call flight attendant” one!)?
Sometimes I feel like I had blinders on before Boog came along and only now am I seeing the wonder in typically mundane things – like the baggage carousel at the airport (OK. I have always watched this like a hawk, but for reasons other than the utter awe of its working conveyor belt). I can’t wait to see what else Boog shows me that I’ve been missing all these years!
Of course, I’m going to take in as much wonder and awe at home for awhile since I don’t really want to push my luck much more after all the recent traveling success. In fact, this uneventful trip has me a little worried that I’ve used up all my luck before our next trip – which will consist of me toting Boog and his little sister up to RI by myself. Yikes! A two year old and a 6 week old? Yes. I’m insane. I’ll just keep telling myself that there will be lots of wondrous moments along the way. (and that luckily, it’s a short flight!).