Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Big Ships: A Whole New Game

The last time we traveled internationally with kids was in April.  We had a 10 month old and a newly minted 2 year old.  Baby C wasn't yet sleeping through the night and was still nursing - both pretty huge draws on this mama's energy.  And we weren't sure how to get the 2 year old to go to sleep.  This usually resulted in the answer that he didn't.

Fast forward through a self-imposed summer high season furlough, and we've got a nearly-2-and-a-half year old and a 15-month-old.  This, my friends is an entirely new ballgame.

We were supposed to be on the late flight to NYC out of Denver, but we got real smart-like (and put in some extra hours at work) and confirmed onto the 3:45pm flight.  This should get us to the hotel right at kiddo bedtime - perfect. 

Well, the best laid plans, as they say...  Our flight went mechanical after an ATC hold.  They ended up bringing a new aircraft in, and we arrived at the hotel late with cranky kids (although still an hour earlier than we had originally planned). 

Thanks to a mattress run/staycation from a few weeks ago, we knew how to get the kids down for the night.  In an elaborate dance, little C was put to bed in her pack and play while daddy and big D went for a walk.  Ten minutes later, C was asleep and D could "sneak" into his big boy bed - the second double in a two double room.  He is finally old enough to stay put in his own bed - hallelujah!  T and I hid out in the bathroom internetting and such for a few minutes while he settled down, then we got to bed.  Phew! 

Believe it or not this is a drastic improvement in the hotel bedtime routine since Norway.

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