Traveling home went much better than traveling there! For this, I was really grateful especially since Addyson had her rash and I was sick with some sort of headache/stomach bug. The kids slept the whole first flight and Brad and I were able to sleep for most of it. There was no room to spread out so I had to try to sleep while holding Addyson which doesn't work great but it was better than her being awake the whole flight and me getting no rest!
The second flight was pretty much empty! Well our section was. We sat in the premium plus seats (the upgraded ones with 6 extra inches of leg room) and I was SO glad we did! The other sections was packed! No room to move or stretch out! We had our row and the row behind us! Brad and I took turns laying down in the back row and the kids did great sleeping where ever we put them!
This will be my "hold Addyson" pic for this month!
Owen- 2 years 8 months, Addyson- 10 months
In case you were wondering, here is what we look like as we go through the airport. We have a bag or two hanging from a stroller handle and then the suitcase's handle is looped over the other stroller handle (this makes it very easy when I am by myself. Then both kids can ride in our "single" stroller if we lay the seat back! Much easier than trying to lug around a huge double stroller! : )Before we headed to the lounge we had to make a quick stop.....
We headed over to the lounge and hoped they would let us in! It was a bit tricky since we didn't fly on a Continental plane on the way to Chicago even though we booked the ticket with Continental. After much pleading, the lady let us in but let us know that the popcorn was NOT allowed! You MUST be kidding me! You think she could have turned a blind eye for the poor KID! Brad ran back to the stand to get a bag for the popcorn while I tried to get settled with the kids in the tiny lounge. There was no where for us to go where we wouldn't be seen or heard. Luckily, most people there were very friendly and many offered to help. We ended us sitting next to a family doctor who overheard me talking on the phone about Addyson's rash. He asked to look at it and told me that it looked like an allergic reaction to something in the environment and it wasn't contagious. He told me to put a cream on it and it should go away with time. Oh, what a blessing to have sat next to him!!! : ) We ate some snacks and Addyson and I took a nap! The time went relatively quickly and we were ready to board our last flight home! Owen fell asleep while waiting to board the plane so I had him in my arms and he didn't wake up!
Boarding our last flight home was such a mess and I questioned some people's judgment! My arms were full with a sleeping 2 year old, Brad's arms were full with a baby and bags plus he was pushing a stroller. We asked the worker at the gate if we could cut through right there instead of going ALL THE WAY around the poles and ropes to end up at the exact same spot and it was very obvious we were struggling. He told us NO and then didn't even offer to help us! Unreal! After walking around, pushing the stroller into everything, getting bags caught on stuff, we made it only to find out we had to walk down stairs to get to the plane. Not ONE worker or one person walking by as offer to help with the stroller or bags. I couldn't believe it. A guy walked pasted me as I struggled to make it down the stairs holding Owen and carrying a huge bag. Not that it was his fault I over packed, but really? He couldn't offer to lend a hand? We past another worker who told us what plane to walk to but not once did he offer his help. Unreal! Such a huge difference from the non-American flights we took where the staff were bending over backwards to help us and to make friends with our kids! What has happened to us and our ideals of customer service or lending a hand to our fellow Americans???
Back to our flight..... It was a good thing Owen was asleep for the whole flight home! After taking 5 flights in a row (last 3 on the way there and the first 2 on the way home) with tv monitors on the back of each seat, he was beginning to think every plane offered movies and as soon as he sits down he asks to watch a movie. I'm not sure what I would have told him had he asked. Actually, he probably would have pitched a fit before sitting down, before getting in his seat he would have check the back of the seat in front of him and looked for a screen. If it didn't have one, he would have asked right there for the movie and would have cried. He did this the couple of times we sat in the bulk head row where the tv is in the armrest.
Well we made it!!!! After 30 hours of travel we are finally......
Home sweet Home!!!!