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Flying (alone) with my 4-year-old

Brave? I know, especially with a 7-month preggo belly!

We recently took a trip to the United States for a 3-day wedding (check out more pics on my Instagram feed) and I had to take the return flight alone with the little one as my husband had to stay back for a work seminar I still can’t believe I agreed to it…

Snippets from our trip

Anyways I was slightly nervous, what do you expect?! it would my 1st time travelling/flying alone with her plus it’s a long haul flight and in my 3rd trimester. Besides, she was a little uneasy on the in-bound flight (which continued for days after we got to America) – she didn’t want the hot food offered on the flight and refused most of the snacks I had packed for the journey. Even the colouring books I brought with me didn’t interest her much.

Travel colour books

She also refused to play with her tablet because mummy downloaded her fav videos too early so they expired 😦 

The in-flight entertainment helped a bit though the earphones provided by the airline barely worked and kept falling out of her ears. Thankfully I bought a set of children’s headphones two days prior to our trip the joys of Amazon prime! 

See I’m usually overly prepared whenever we fly with this little madam, my standard on-board package includes:

Tablet / Headphones / Snacks / Paracetamol sachets / Pocket Tissues / Travel games / Wet Wipes / Ziplock bag / Waste bag (in case she gets sick)

Still it was a tough journey we did get a bit fussy with her at some point.

Anyways, I packed the usual “on-board” essentials in my backpack and her trunki and off we went early to the airport. We said our goodbyes to her dad and went through security, then we came up to the gates and luckily for me there was a play area so we chilled here for about 20mins.

My tablet is my best friend… I call it ‘purple & black’

Then it was time to board – suddenly the lil woman wanted pizza, pizza? I was confused, where do I find pizza around here and why ask now? mayday! mayday! Then I saw the place (obviously she had seen it before me) so we ordered tomato and cheese pizza to go. She ate one slice as we boarded the plane so I put the othe slices in the ziplock bag see it’s good be extra prepared!



I don’t know how this happened but the pizza and her tablet were my saving grace on the two flights home. She gave no problems at all, tbh I was a little calm too because we didn’t need to rush at any point and the crew were fantastic (they kept checking on us), to top it all, they didn’t sell her dad’s seat so we got an extra seat!

She also kept reminding herself of her father’s words as walked through the 3 airports – you need to take care of mummy and pull your trunki (cos she likes to sit on it while being pulled) I guess it made her feel grownup having to take charge her fussy mother 🙄

Also, she gladly ate the on-board kids meal thank God money didn’t waste this time! 

Gourmet eating… not for free though!

So I was able to properly relax, take my prescribed walks and toilet breaks remember I’m 28wks pregnant while she busied herself with the videos I had downloaded the day before on her tablet.

We landed at Dublin airport to catch our connecting flight to London and as we had to wait a little while to get off the plane, she became impatient and in a typical 4-year-old manner, started to moan  – mummy only had soothing words for her we need to be patient darling… the girl had just gone through a tantrum-free 7hour flight! We had a bit of fun checking out airport signs (they’ve been taught about signs at nursery so she always asks what they mean). At the gate, she had the rest of her stone-cold pizza while we waited to board.

#Mood Left: Washington Dulles Airport | Right: Dublin Airport

I, on the other hand was super wrecked by now and I just couldn’t wait to get home though my bump was well-behaved too☺️

I’m saying that, we did have a bit of drama on board – Aerlingus had actually sold on my husband’s seat on this leg of the journey so she was surprised to see someone sitting by her preferred window seat and froze! I was like this geh enter abeg sleep dey catch me! 😂 but she refused to sit beside the guy so I hopped in the middle seat and had to explain her behaviour to our new neighbour (for an hour 10 mins), thankfully he laughed it off but started yapping about his niece blah blah…

Quick selfie before takeoff

Sleep came easily for both of us this time… we closed our eyes before takeoff and didn’t open until we landed at Heathrow airport. There I waited till everyone got off the plane before waking her up, then we steadily made our way to arrivals.

Now did I mention the bonus of flying with Aerlingus to America? #NotSponsoredAd you are cleared of US immigration at Dublin airport before takeoff (outbound from London) so no need to face that hassle when you get there! We literally strolled into Washington Dulles like one of the locals and I guess same thing applied when we landed at Heathrow airport so straight we went to pick our checkin bags and search for a taxi home…

Heathrow airport – one for the road

3 plane journeys, 2 car rides, airport transfers and a lot of toilet breaks pretty much sums up the trip I took alone with my delightful 4-year-old daughter… Dealing with the jet lag? Now that’s a different story entirely!

 

Till next time guys!

♥Fabmomma♥

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Product review – E’TAE Hair

Happy Friday lovelies!

This post has been a long time coming as I wanted to use the products a few times before giving my view on it. After a friend tagged me in one of their instagram posts, I purchased the E’TAE Hair range for children – what I understood from the posts was that you Continue reading

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The “Work/Life” Balance…

Being a mum is the most fulfilling and hardest aspect of my life…

There is so much talk about “work/life” balance, so many inspirational speakers out there who preach the “agile worker”, not needing to work 9-5, the “4-day week”, and a general feeling of being able to have it all… Ah don’t get me wrong, I get inspired by these talks I feel like I can take over the world! with my child in tow of course – sure my decision to leave my previous job for a more demanding role (one which involves travelling) was made after I started listening to inspirational speakers… However I sometimes ask myself what really work/life balance means for me who invented the phrase? Do I truly de-stress? Offload? If not, how to go about it?

We recently moved to a completely new part of London and have been trying to settle-in. This clashed with the demands of my new job, brain has been so clogged up that I find myself always catching up with work. I find myself eating at my desk, not exercising not even yoga!, not updating my blog, I’m bringing work home only to end up worrying about not hitting deadlines – as you all know, these all lead to sleepless nights…

I remember being excited about the move – a bigger place meant more space for my bubbly 3yr to play and I could get an au pair to live with us; Dream #2 is taking forever, apparently many of these women do not want “non-traditional” English families. In addition, I’ve struggled with finding fulltime childcare in the new area, many of the places were fully booked or only had morning/afternoon sessions so I had to eat my words and go for a childminder. This led to another palava – the lovely lady closes shop at 6pm everyday… Just imagine the looks I get when I start packing my bag to leave the office at 4:45pm.

Good thing is I manage to pack some fun into our evenings and weekends; social media generally helps to liven mummy’s mood – Snapchat for the evening (mornings too!)sharing of our random moments of craziness. Then going to the local park at the weekends, I’ve also discovered alot of fun activities just within walking distance – benefits of living in surbubia. We have Jungle Monkeyz which is a compact playgym, a swimming pool, ballet, percussion class and the good ol’ library so it’s not all bad news 🙂

As long as I make family my priority, then it’s all worth it… right? Till next time folks!

Temi ♥

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Chinese New Year 2016 Fun

14th Feb 2016 was a massive day of celebrations in London city – Valentine’s day for one, the BAFTAs and Chinese New Year… My new Nikon D3300 finally came out to play [speaking like a pro photographer lol] as we joined thousands to celebrate the Chinese New Year, starting off with a parade at 10am from Trafalgar Square, through Shaftesbury Avenue and all the way to Chinatown [ok so we missed the parade – at least we saw the dancing dragons!], then a massive stage was set up in the square with traditional music, dancing and theatre.

We later met with family friends and ended the day at the  National Gallery which was fun too – sadly my camera battery had died at this point, we also forgot to bring the stroller along for the little one notwithstanding we had a blast! So keep scrolling and enjoy 🙂

En-route excited to see dragons!

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Paradise Wildlife Park, Broxbourne

With the UK Mid-term break round the corner and parents looking for fun activities for their children, I thought to share this gallery post of our visit to Paradise Wildlife Park in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire – a hidden gem just on the outskirts of London and a fun place for the family/group of friends to spend the day. Check out their website for more details!

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Entrance & Playground

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Toddler Day Out @ Westfield Stratford City

Been a minute! So many ideas floating in this tiny head of mine that I spend most of my time deliberating on what to write and whether the timing is right.

I did get some inspiration from my outing yesterday, was out with a friend and our children – she needed winter outfits for her little one while I needed to get out of the house so we took a trip to Westfield shopping centre in Stratford [apparently one of the largest urban shopping centres in Europe]. Inspiration started from a Portuguese mum we met on the train, she had a two year old who got chatty with my madam, the idea I got from watching her relate to her child will show up on this blog soon so watch this space!

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Exploring little hands at “Tiger”

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“Urban Beach Experience” @ Brent Cross

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Yes I said it! Right across the shopping centre at Brent Cross is an area full of rides for all ages, a variety of food/sweet stalls and the show stopper; a very sandy beach. Complete with artificial grass, this urban beach is situated right in the heart of North London (pardon my geography) at the A5/A406/M1 intersection. “The beach @ Brent Cross” has so much to offer it almost feels like a holiday destination! You would definitely need more than a day to touch every part of the park. Continue reading