We are about to embark on our eight day trip which will bring us out to Idaho then back to Boston before returning to NYC. I am
petrified slightly anxious about flying with Ben across all these miles because, well, he isn’t that fun to fly with. My previous flight ALONE with him was only up to Boston and every last one of those 42 air flying minutes was painful. PAINFUL.
On the way there, I decided to try and bring the car seat on the plane because we had a seat for him. Bad idea. Car seats just move your little foot closer to the seat in front of you which makes the ease of kicking that seat so much better. Luckily it wasn’t a packed flight so nobody was actually in the seat. Also, the car seat only fit in the middle sit thus taking Ben away from his favorite plane activity, opening and shutting the window shade. While the opening and shutting of the shade could be classified as “annoying” to those around us, it’s not nearly as annoying as 42 straight minutes of shrieking is. Trust me. (also, please note, while flying time was 42 minutes, runway time was EASILY also 42 minutes and you better believe that shrieking also happened on the runway).
On the way back, Josh was with me and we went car seat-less. This also isn’t super fun because trying to explain why we wear our seat belt on a plane to a 2 year old who still speaks in one word sentences doesn’t go over that well.
We are flying in 2 segments: NYC to Minneapolis then Minneapolis to Spokane. From Spokane we drive what I has been told is another 3 hours. So if you followed along with the math, that is 3 + 3 + 3 hours of sitting and being “a good boy” for NINE HOURS in one day. Yeah.
I am open to any and all suggestions so send them my way. *Please note: 1) Ben does not have any concept of rewards-I cannot tell him to be quiet because I will give him xyz if he is. He just doesn’t get it. 2) Ben does not care if you take things away from him. Still no concept of rewards. Please reference #1 for further clarification 3) Ben’s attention span is approximately 1-2 minutes (if that) 4) Ben DOES NOT care about TV. Please reference # 3 for further clarification.
I apologize in advance to our fellow passengers. I’m hoping we all survive.