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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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