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Angels and the aftermath
I couldn't have asked for better children on our flight back home from New Zealand. My husband had had to come home a few days early, so I was traveling with Naomi (4) and Ian (11 months) by myself. We had an evening flight from Wellington, connecting with an overnight flight from Auckland to LAX. I was able to check all our bags through to LAX from Wellington, which really helped. We went on board with a small fold up stroller, a tote with my laptop and all the essential paperwork – passports, tickets, and a small carry on which Naomi could wheel. We were lucky with the stroller. They don't always allow them on board – it usually depends on how full the flight is. In the carry on we had a change of clothes for both kids, Ian's diaper supplies, a light jersey for me, a few toys and books, formula for Ian, his sippy cup, and the Baby Bjorn baby carrier which Ian still just fits in.
Luckily, the flight from Wellington is only an hour, so the kids were excited, but it's not really long enough to get bored on. Ian fell asleep as we got to the international terminal and woke up again as as we boarded. The security staff were super nice helping me through the security process and even let Ian sleep through the process without having to take him out of the stroller. Both the kids stayed awake to eat some of the dinner, then went to sleep, Naomi after watching some of the kids programs on the individual screen. The kids got their dinners early as we'd ordered special meals for them. Most airlines do an amazing array of special meals these days. Naomi had a kids meal and Ian had a post weaning meal. Naomi's meal was quite plain, but just the sort of food she likes to eat and Ian's was similar, but in small pieces. I ate my dinner after Ian went to sleep and then, miracles of miracles, went to sleep myself.
Naomi woke at 7:30am New Zealand time, which was about 2 ½ hours before we landed. So she had a snack, and then breakfast. Ian woke up just as they were serving breakfast and amazingly, sat on my knee to eat his breakfast and remained sitting quietly as I ate my breakfast. I even managed a coffee!
Coming off the plane, both the kids were tired. I put Ian in the Baby Bjorn and Naomi went in the stroller (she just fits – her knees almost under her chin.) The roller bag handle slips over the handle of the stroller so I can push/pull everything together easily. We picked up our bags at customs. Having scrubbed our shoes before we left because we'd been staying on a farm, the customs guys let us straight through. My husband picked us up on time and we all went home and slept 15 hours straight that night.
So now we've been home nearly a week and have nearly got everything put away. The clothes were easy – we'd kept them organized the whole trip. The trickiest things are the new things. I got some cookbooks which don't fit on the cookbook shelf. The kids got several games and small toys that need to find homes. So I've scheduled some time this weekend to do a little rearranging and purging of things so everything can be put away.
posted on: 1/24/2008 1:00:00 PM by Katherine Macey
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Katherine Macey, Ph.D., is a professional organizer who is passionate about helping people improve their lives and achieve their goals. She works mainly with academics in their offices and with residential clients in their home offices.
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