Well…we survived our trip to Auburn, AL for my sister-in-law’s graduation. It turns out, THREE is the magic age when traveling gets easier. You don’t have to drag around diapers or diaper bags. They’ll sleep in a bed so you don’t need a pack-n-play. And they can be relatively entertained in the van with a DVD on the drive.
But the most magical part of the trip?
Both directions I let the kids watch a movie and then…AND THEN…after the movie was over I told them to go to sleep. AND THEY DID.
Let me let that sink in for a moment.
I said, “Guys, it’s naptime.” I turned off the DVD player, reclined their seats back a bit, and they both WENT TO SLEEP.
It was like MAGIC.
Meanwhile, I was watching my brother-in-law with my 1-year old nephew as he was trying to keep him safe yet entertained in various non-child friendly places: A hotel, a restaurant, a basketball arena. And the whole time I thought, “How did we survive that?” You just forget how hard it is to have a mobile child who can not be reasoned with.
“No! You can’t chew on the light cord! OR THE HAIRDRYER!”
As awful as age 3 has been overall for the kids, I’m glad it at least allowed us to travel without too many anti-anxiety meds.