Sanity Check: Taking Two Small Children to Europe
My wife and I have been talking about going to see friends in Amsterdam for the past year. Originally, we thought about taking our newborn to Europe last May, but finally thought better of that idea. Well, 13+ months after our second son was born, we’ve booked the trip and depart for London on Saturday. WTF were we thinking? A five year old and a one year old on a 11 hour journey from one hemisphere to the other, are we mad? Perhaps.
In 2011, we took our oldest son, who was 2.5 at the time, to Sweden. That worked out reasonably well. So our confidence has been high that we can pull off the feat again, this time with two in tow. In the months since we started planning this trip, I hadn’t thought much of the difficulties traveling with a 13 month old might present. But a recent visit to his pediatrician gave me pause, as he explained to me that a 13 month old that just began to walk will not be as willing to sit on a long plane ride than a 2.5 year old will. His exact words were “good luck with that”.
There was an option to only book three seats and carry the baby in our laps. For 11 hours. Could you imagine? We thought better of this and chose to book a fourth seat. A seat that will accommodate a car seat. Car seats are great because they keep children safe and fastened down like a straight jacket. Now, if only they had a comparable apparatus for keeping small children quiet. But I digress.
I’ll certainly journal about the grand success or total failure of this venture and give advice to those of you who might just be crazy enough to take on this sort of endeavor in the future.