Happy Monday! Johnny and I will be hopping on a jet plane for DC this week. Johnny’s in a friend’s wedding, and we’re excited to spend the 4th in our nation’s capital! And unlike our last trip, this time Sally’s coming with us. Gulp. Let me tell you a little bit about our girl Sal these days. She’s a week shy of 18 months, and her favorite phrase is “Go, go, go!” And that is all she does. And when she go-go-goes up on the kitchen table or throws something in the toilet, she sits in timeout for a couple of minutes, which is just her and me sitting still in an armchair. This causes her to thrash, scream, and finally, cry. So this week, as far as Sally’s concerned, She’ll be in four hours of timeout on a plane. We’re terrified.
But we’re going to do what we can to keep our girl happy. During those four hours, we’re going to disregard every good parenting rule and spoil her rotten. And here’s our game plan.
When Sally gets hungry, she gets very grumpy. So we want to avoid hunger at all costs. But we also want to offer her food that isn’t messy and doesn’t require refrigeration. She’s never had marshmallows before, so I’m hoping those and the candy (mini Starbursts) will be home runs.
I kind of struggled with what fun items would also be practical on a flight. She’s never seen the light-up ball or the noise putty, so we’ll see if those are attention-grabbers. Sally is at an age where she loves coloring (as our walls have learned a few times already). But she has never used markers, so I’m hoping she’ll love this supposedly “mess-free” coloring set. We’ve loaded Johnny’s iPad with unseen episodes of Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood, her most favorite show. But Sally is inexperienced with wearing headphones, so that could be a bust. We’re also bringing her favorite books and teddy and her paci — all comfort items, just in case.
I already had some of these items, while others I bought specifically for the flight. We bought the flight with airline miles we’ve built up, so I didn’t feel bad spending a little on possibly saving Johnny and me some sanity.
This is all a shot in the dark, and some of the above items may be very bad ideas. Time will tell. But after those four hours of hell, we’ll be seasoned professionals. So we plan to follow up on what worked and what didn’t. We’ll be the toddler-flying guinea pigs, and you will reap the rewards of our experimentation.
Our flight takes off in the morning, so we’re hoping she’ll take some sort of mid-morning nap about an hour into the flight. That’s a best-case scenario. Worst-case scenario… well, let’s not even go there.
Here goes nothing. Wish us luck! And better yet, if you have your own tips, please share!