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He Said: “Baby on Board”

March 19, 2010 by  

I happened across this CNN article – click here – detailing the differences of opinion regarding airline travel with children.  Our family is definitely firmly entrenchedon both sides of the fence!

As I have said a time or two in recent posts, I have the loudest family this side of the Mississippi.  I am overly paranoid when we go to restaurants, in the grocery store, or even when visiting neighbors.  Unfortunately, it’s not just the kids I have to worry about – Kat has a set lungs on her that could rival the best of them.

So how am I when we are heading out for a flight?  I am an absolute train wreck.  Are we taking too long in the security line?  Are we making the guy behind us angry when we lift the baby up over our seat to play “peek-a-boo” with him?  Are we making 3 rows in front and 3 rows behind us mad from all of the yelling and screaming?

But Kat, she doesn’t have a care in the world.  Anytime I “shush” someone she always asks “what is the big deal?” or “why are you such a spaz?” Usually it’s because she’s typing on her laptop with two of the older kids, and I’m stuck with the two younger ones who are screaming their heads off.

I have to say, in my 7 years of “kid travel” I haven’t had that one major horror story that parents usually have.  Kat has one that I’m sure she’ll share – but she deserved it after always leaving me with the “tough” kids when we travel.

Please share any stories that you have – whether it’s your kids or just the kids beside you.  Hopefully one of them can top Kat’s.

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5 Responses to “He Said: “Baby on Board””
  1. Anonymous says:

    Personally, I don’t mind loud kids on flights! (I’m a single gal)

    Crying babies might irk me a bit, but I understand the parents can’t do too much about it, so it’s cool. (Plus I can just put on my headphones and drown it out. No biggie.)

    What DOES piss me off is people with loud kids in movie theaters. There, you can take them OUT while they’re screaming/crying/kicking my seat.


  2. Tracie says:

    I honestly don’t have any travel horror stories that involve kids (I have a lot from before I was a mom, but that isn’t the topic here) ……I am kind of curious to see what Kat’s is…..


  3. CK says:

    When our oldest was in her first year alone, we took TEN plane trips (not recommended), and man, do we have some stories! (that kid had some lungs!) One time the flight attendant asked me if they needed to think about an emergency landing (I’m not making that up) because our daughter was crying so loudly and for so long, they thought she must surely have a major problem or illness. Another time we were flying home with all three of our children (ages 5, 3, and 10 mos. at the time), and after many delays, we had been traveling for 18 hours and by the time we got home, I had developed a fever/the flu. When we finally got on the last leg of our flight (hour 15), our baby started crying, and the man next to me said, “Well, this isn’t going to be a quiet flight, is it?!” Tears started streaming down my face, (I had a full-blown fever at this point) and I struggled to keep it together until we got home. Definitely not a great day. Oh yeah, and there’s the time that our youngest child was crying for so long (I was traveling alone with all 3) that one of the flight attendants finally took her from me and proceeded to walk her up and down the aisle for 45 minutes. Once again, not kidding. If you want horror stories traveling with kids, we’ve got ’em!!!

    They are now 7, 5, and almost 3 and great little travelers at this point, though. (our 7-year-old recently packed all kinds of junk in her suitcase to bring on a trip, and when I told her she had to keep all that at home, her response was, “But Mom! I didn’t pack any liquids!!) They know the drill now. And I have certainly learned that if a baby is crying or a parent is clearly doing the best they can, I don’t even cast my eyes in their direction or I know I will be adding to their stress!! (I can’t even tell you how many times I have gotten “the look” on a plane.) It’s one thing if a parent doesn’t ask their child to stop kicking the seat in front of them or attempt to distract a screaming two-year-old or TRY to soothe their crying baby. But if they are sincerely doing their best, then give them a break, people. They are probably way more stressed out about the commotion than you are. Trust me.


    Kat Reply:

    You said it best!! Ten plane trips… yowsers! I’m laughing b/c your oldest is such a little soldier and sooo quiet and soft-spoken. I can’t imagine her being a screamer. And, yes… moms/dads ARE WAY MORE stressed about the commotion than you can imagine. Miss you, CK!


  4. Missy says:

    Now that I have a kid, I of course love traveling alone (on rare delightful occasions) and what I love even more is seeing families travel. I get sick pleasure about putting on my iPod, getting out the US Weekly and ordering a drink (no straw needed) while watching moms and dads are doing the whole schtick I am all to used to. Now, karma is a bitch b/c I usually feel overwhelmed and stressed when traveling with my toddler!


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