The holy grail, an empty seat
I must be insane because I just flew with my toddler, and a sinus infection, from one side of the world to the other.

Part of me can’t believe we made it, really I should just be proud of myself….and my Mom who met up with us in LA. That last little leg of the journey is the worst (if you call California to New York ‘little’) and that extra pair of hands is invaluable.

The Qantas staff member who checked us in at Melbourne was an absolute legend. She pulled us out of line (Lavinia was crying), got us bangin’ seats and offered us an airport stroller. Vin and I were fast tracked at security and at the gate for early boarding. We sat in a row with an absolutely LOVELY couple (American gal, Aussie Bloke) and their well behaved 8 month old daughter. And get this…the pot of gold- an open seat next to me that Lavinia could completely take over.
You really can’t ask for more than that when traveling, other than a free upgrade to business class (which actually happened to me the first time I flew to Australia.)
This was all so different from last year. I don’t remember being offered any help but maybe I wasn’t open to it. I still had that mentality like I should be able to handle parenthood all by myself- good thing I learned that lesson! Maybe people are more freaked out by toddlers (because destruction) or maybe this time around I was much more open to it.
The downsides were intense and plentiful. There were moments when I wanted to cry or when I thought my head would explode from sinus pressure. I wanted to give up but it’s kind of hard when you’re already in that big tin bird in the sky. Like a jail sentence, we were committed to seeing it out.

Know what else sucks? When your kid is sick, tired, and flipping out, passengers expect you to handle it…or at least act like you are trying when you are actually helpless.

It was a rough ride but in the best possible circumstances. And for that I am grateful- I really am. Lately I am really trying to use negatives as a contrast- making the good things in my life that much brighter.
Jet lag is a drag.

Author: dawnrieniets

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4 thoughts on “The Eagles Have Landed

  1. Good work you made it! I remember a huge difference flying with a cute baby that everyone wanted to entertain and then later a busy toddler that no one wanted anything to do with. Sigh!

    Posted on June 15, 2015 at 11:05 pm
  2. Phew, you are a trooper! Have a fab time in the US x

    Posted on June 17, 2015 at 7:54 pm
  3. Why are toddlers so terrifying to everyone? Wait…I know the answer to that question. Haha!

    Posted on June 18, 2015 at 1:47 am
  4. Thanks Clare! We are enjoying ourselves now that the hardest part is behind us…and I'm choosing not to think about the return at this point in time. 😉

    Posted on June 18, 2015 at 1:48 am