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.
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.
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.