Kelsie - posted on 02/12/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
I have rarely flown anywhere in the first place and now I am flying from Montana to Maryland to meet my husband's family. The trip itself is stressing me out. We just found out that I am 2 months pregnant and are going to tell his family in person which on top of introducing myself and our son is going to be interesting.
We have two layovers on the way there but each is only about 2 hours which is not what scares me. The 5 hour flight from Chicago to Baltimore is what makes me nervous. My son will be 20 months when we take the trip and I can only imagine what 5 hours in a confined space will be like. In my imagination it is truly scary. I would appreciate any stories and advice that can help me make peace with this trip on any level.
We only paid for seats for my husband and myself thinking that holding my son on our laps will make the trip a little easier but I am not sure if I need to let the airlines know ahead of time that he will be on our laps. We booked our flights online and there was no spot to include him. We are flying with Alaska Airlines and another one, like I said flying is not my thing, but the websites say nothing about traveling with a toddler. Input on that would be helpful as well.
I am going to take my laptop which has some of my sons favorite movies and such on it but the battery only lasts 3 hours...and in total we will be in airports and planes for 14 hours...the math isn't good. Is a portable DVD player worth purchasing or will I have the same problem? I also will be taking snacks and toys and such to try and entertain him so any advice on what has worked for other families would be awesome.
The kicker is that we are driving my husbands car from Maryland to Montana to get home...thats right...a 3,000ish mile road trip with a 20 month old and a 4 month pregnant me. Again I will have my laptop and my husband is looking into a cord that plugs into the cigarette lighter which will be awesome for that situation but what if my son tires of the movies. He does pretty good in car rides and we took a practice 30 hour road trip around Montana last weekend. He was bored after about 4 hours at night and refused to go to sleep due to napping throughout the day. And he was crabby during the day due to lack of sleep and im sure being stuck in the same carseat for an extended period of time. Nothing really calmed him down. We were making excessive pit stops to try and relax him and let him walk around gas stations and play at parks and such. I do not want to be on the road forever due to pit stops but I want my son to enjoy the trip. Any tips or secrets from anyone would be great!
I know this is alot to ask but I figured it would be easier to ask it all at once. Thank you to anyone who has anything that could help. :)