My iPad says 3:56 PM,I don’t know if its eastern or central time. I’ve been up since about 4:15 AM and the kids since close to 5. Our first flight from Boston left at 7:40 AM to Chicago.
Traveling with three toddlers is nothing short of fun, exhausting, and stressful all at the same time. We arrived to the airport with what I thought was plenty of time to get to the gate but between security, a bathroom break and little legs we got to the gate 10 minutes prior to departure. Once we got there the gate agent was none too happy when I told her the seats we were given weren’t together and I had small children. I’m pretty sure her words went something like, “you expect me to do this 10 minutes before the flight? You gotta get here earlier.” To which my response was, “Believe me, I was here, I have triplets.” I really wanted to give her a big fat “F YOU” but thought better of for a couple of reasons. First, I wanted to make it to KC on time. Second, I have to lead by example and I have to constantly remind myself of that! Anyway, she got us on with seats together. I’m grateful for that. Leg one went off without a hitch. Lily and my mom (thank goodness for her) were together and I was between Audrey and Liam.
Next, a long ass layover in Chicago. It was originally two hours but turned into three +. My mom is a United Sky thing member so we were able to spend the majority of the layover there. Liam loves flying and airplanes. He kept going back and forth to the window to check out the planes.
All three loved riding the shuttle (which they called a bus) to change terminals which I thought was funny. Maybe it’s because of the song.
Finally, our flight to KC
I started this post on the plane but I am just getting to finish it tonight. I posted a version of this photograph on Facebook and my best friend commented, “First class, nice…” Or something similar. I couldn’t help but laugh my butt off when I read it. We definitely were not in first class, the plane only had three seats per row!!! I was sitting across the aisle from Audrey and Liam. When I first heard there were only seats A, B, and C, I was pissed. In my mind there was NO way my two year olds were going to be fine with sitting by themselves on an airplane. Boy, was I WRONG!!!!! My kids are rock stars!!! They handled take off and landing like champs. Granted I was able to reach across and hold Liam’s hand when he needed me too. I was floored to be completely honest.
This morning was our first time out of the house since we arrived. It was freezing but we needed the fresh air and they loved walking the streets of Country Club Plaza.
I don’t think I need to explain why patience and going with the flow are useful but I will say there were a couple of things that helped. First, a whole bunch of snacks and gum. Second, the dollar aisle at Target! Third, my iPhone and our iPads</a. And last, individual backpacks. The backpacks really were key (eternally grateful to, one of my nearest and dearest, Jen) I was able to separate all their things and not have to keep digging in my bag. We all did really well and I’m happy we’re not flying for another two weeks 😃.