Sunday, June 28, 2009

I was THAT mum!

Well for a short time anyway...

We have flown a lot with our children. Well more than most children their age. My first son was 9 weeks old when he went on his first long haul flight of 20hrs. By the time he was 1 he had flown more than 20 times and to almost 20 countries. I can't even count up the number he has flown now. Our second child flew at the age of 6 weeks long haul and currently at 10 mnths has flown more than 10 times.

We always take lots for them to do - plenty of snacks and toys and hardly use them. Our oldest sleeps, watches kids tv, eats and plays with the toys the airline gives. Our second son eats and sleeps and plays a little. They have never played up, been upset for more than a couple of minutes or wanted to run around the aircraft. We set the rule that you sit in your seat like the car and can only get up for toilet and it has worked really well. I flew alone with both of them for Christmas this last year (20 hours or more of travel time) and all went really well.

UNTIL this time taking off we got stuck in Bkk on the tarmac with no air con and it was HOT - plus the cabin had bee pressurised - possibly his ears were hurting . He had not slept all day and was very tired. It was late evening taking off and he wanted to go to sleep - had been constantly woken up through security etc. SO I became THAT mum...with the crying baby who was really upset. NOTHING would calm him - neither of my children have ever done this before. But I kept calm and soon enough we were in the air and he was asleep with no repeat of the crying. YES I do feel sorry for those mums who have children that get upset and they are at ends of what to do. BUT there are soo many that I have seen on my travels who have nothing for their children to do, no snacks, no toys and really don't make any effort to attempt to keep their children from getting to that point. I suppose now I do have more compassion though and know that it can happen to anyone. I was congratulated by the airline staff once we were in the air at how calm I had been and held myself together in a tough situation. By the way I have never seen my son soo distressed before...

So that leads me to wonder WHY do we live so far away again.... lucky we only have to do this every 6-12 months...

Thursday, June 18, 2009


Well tonight we head off on our holiday. I have gotten to the point where I have flown soo much that I HATE flying. It's not that its bad (both kids are excellent fliers) it's more the effort, time and zombie feeling after, that I have started to dislike. WHY does Australia have to be so far away....

WELL this time we have done the sensible thing and broken our trip up - previously we would make the mad dash home and straight through - CRAZY. Now we are going to spend 4 nights in Bangkok. Enough time for shopping - stock up on clothes and me to stock up on silver and beads. PLUS adjust to time zones! Not that we have ever really suffered jet lag - we do the sensible thing and stay awake all day as most of the flights we take have arrived in the morning. Then go to bed early that night get a good nights sleep and wake up ok the next day. So far so good and we've been doing that for 6 years.

So we leave at 1:45 in the morning - yes a night flight horrible time to leave - would love it if it was earlier cause the kids get disturbed - BUT this flight is our best option direct to BKK. I am hoping the kids will sleep - they did last time we took this flight to BKK. Have to get a taxi at 11pm tonight - we hope that the taxi driver will turn up and with a bigger car like we requested (nothing is guaranteed here even though we have booked it).

So off to finish packing. We still have a couple of runaround things to do this afternoon. Then maybe a rest (ha ha!)....

Saturday, June 13, 2009


I am going on holidays so I am clearing out my etsy store.

20% off EVERYTHING over the next few days!