Our flight on Monday was a little after 8:00. Since we needed to leave the house around 6:30, so we could be at the airport with plenty of time to make it through security, we woke the kids up early. Carter was convinced it was still nighttime since it was dark outside and was concerned that Ty and I had stayed up all night. We had a layover in Houston and then landed in Orlando at 3:20 which would be 2:20 our time. I wasn't sure how napping would fit into the schedule, but I was hopeful Elise would nap on one of our flights since she woke up early that morning. I was so excited for Elise's first plane ride. I knew since Carter had his backpack as a carry on, she would want one too. I packed her blanket and a couple of her Highlights Hello magazines in her backpack. I'm so glad I did because she insisted on carrying her backpack every time we walked through the airport, she actually did a better job carrying her backpack than Carter did! He typically pawned his off after a little bit but Elise carried hers every time. The only problem was that it did slow her down considerably which then slowed down our entire party! While checking in our bags Elise got into her backpack and pulled out a container of Cheerios I had packed. I put a Cheerios play book along with a container of Cheerios in each of the kids' bags. I rushed over to take it from her right as she pulled the lid off and spilled them all over the floor, so much for that plane ride activity!
|Up bright and early for our flight to Orlando.|
|Riding the tram from the parking lot to the airport.|
|Working hard to carry her bag.|
|Both kids with their carry ons.|
|A picture of me Carter drew with a heart above the picture.|
During our second flight of the day I was very hopeful Elise would fall asleep as it was her naptime and she had woken up early that morning. We ate our sandwiches along with some Goldfish crackers for lunch. Then we let Carter watch a movie on the tablet since we had promised him he could during the second flight. He wanted to eat some more once we got the movie started so he finished his sandwich while watching The Secret Life of Pets. Elise on the other hand was a mess during the flight. During take off she pooped in her diaper so Ty had to change her on top of the toilet in the bathroom once we were cleared to leave our seats as there was no changing table. He said there was poop everywhere and she was pulling everything down. When they got back she was exhausted and beginning to fall apart. All she wanted to do was continuously kick the seat in front of her. When I'd restrain her from doing so, she'd scream. It wasn't very much fun. I was able to calm her down by laying her sideways and rocking her while singing to her. She especially liked it when her head was in Ty's lap. She'd tolerate that for a while before screaming no at me and writhing onto the floor. The plane ride consisted mostly of me fighting Elise and her attempting to kick the seat. Then I made her sit in my lap during the descent and held her legs down. After we landed and were taxing on the runway, surprise surprise, she fell asleep! Why in the heck couldn't she have done that an hour earlier?! We snuck the baby carrier out and I put her in it. We were able to get it all strapped up without her waking up but she was awake before we made it to baggage claim! We got our rental car, Ty installed the car seats, and we were headed to Paul and Amanda's house.
Elise fell back to sleep on our drive to their house and Carter drifted in and out a little bit. I was a little bummed it was only a 20 minute drive because Elise really needed the sleep! We were hopeful she would transition from the car to a bed like she does at home but she woke up as I carried her into Paul and Amanda's house. Wyatt was napping when we arrived so I spent a while trying to get Elise and Carter down. I didn't have any luck so we decided to walk to the playground to keep it quiet for Wyatt so at least he could sleep! Elise was more accident prone at the playground since she was tired but acted mostly normal during our trip. We got to stop by the pond in their neighborhood to see the ducks. Carter loved that the ducks looked different from the ones we normally see at home. After that the boys were off to an NBA game. Amanda got free tickets for all of us but we decided Elise would most likely not last at the game so she gave Elise and my tickets to friends. At first Carter was a bit apprehensive to go without me, I think mostly because he was tired and was feeling shy. I told him he could pick out a treat at the game and he was all about it after that! Ty said Carter loved it and enjoyed picking out some cotton candy to eat during the game. After Carter picked out his treat he said he wanted to go back to watch more of the movie. Ty thought that was pretty funny! Elise was a mess the entire time they were gone, throwing all of her dinner on the floor and screaming most of the night. First it was that she wanted juice, then she wanted her daddy, when she'd forget about one thing, she'd remember the other. Mostly she was just exhausted! She did perk up a bit when Wyatt woke up from his nap, I was shocked he was able to sleep through all her crying and screaming. She was pretty darn excited to see him. Then she finally calmed down after I gave her a bath and put her in her jammies. Amanda and I joked that the guys were going to come home to a calm, quiet child and not believe us that she had been screaming and crying for the past 2.5 hours! The guys left the game early and we headed to my grandparents' condo around 8:00 (it was a little less than an hour drive). I was hopeful Elise would fall asleep on the drive, but instead she cried for most of it and then it was a struggle to get her to sleep. She didn't fall asleep until almost 11!
|Carter smiling because he knew I was taking a picture.|
|Ty, Carter, and Paul at the basketball game.|
|Elise foam rolling while we waited on the boys to get home.|