I have so much to tell, and it’s all piling up with what feels like no time to write. We just flew in last night from Seattle. It was a whirlwind trip, with so many aspects to it. We saw the city, stayed with one of Tommy’s oldest friends, officiated a gorgeous wedding on the beach (that is a post unto itself), and did it all with the twins in tow.
So since I can’t seem to get my thoughts organized, I’m just going to jump right in before I lose this window of time where all four children are sleeping at the same time. That rarely ever happens around here, unless I’m sleeping too…and I haven’t mastered the art of dream writing, so that doesn’t help me much.
The babies were amazing on the trip. Absolutely amazing. I did a few things to prepare us for the feat of traveling with twins. I bought them some brand new toys. Just a few small things that I hoped would be a hit on the plane. Only one of the three new toys was a true hit. It is a little worm that is a rattle, and is made up of little rings around the torso of the little guy and the babies could spin those around, and the body was kind of stretchy. And the whole thing was colorful.
This isn’t the exact toy, but you get the idea. I wanted to show a picture since the toy did produce a little comedy on our first plane ride. One of the boys dropped it on the floor, and Tommy picked it up, quirked an eyebrow and shook it ever so slightly. I laughed and so did the lady passenger next to him. Then I turned a shade of beet red. I bet you can see why.
Speaking of sitting next to people, Ashlee mentioned in a comment the week before last that parents of twins aren’t allowed to sit next to each other on flights. We found out that this was true in that you cannot have two lap babies (children without a ticket of their own) in a row of seats because each row has only one extra air mask. Therefore, we could have almost guaranteed being able to sit together had we bought an extra seat. As a side note, each of our flights was no longer than two hours, and I think that is about the maximum that I would be able to entertain a 10 month old baby in a tiny airline seat without a break. If we were taking a longer flight I might spring for a seat to have the extra room and give them a chance to stretch out a little bit. Back to what we did do. The airline (we’ll call it Southwest) did not count seats across the aisle from each other as the same row, so we were able to sit across the aisle from each other on all of the four flights that we took.
Another thing that I planned ahead on was I packed each diaper bag separately for each baby, and each bag contained a wet bag with two outfits, plenty of diapers for the day (7 if you must know), a small wipe container, a thick baby blanket to change on, a cloth diaper to protect the blanket from getting dirty, and a disposable changing pad…just in case. My thought was that in an emergency having a very portable diaper change kit would help with changing in the airplane lav. However, it was a moot point. The flights were short and we ended up doing all of our diaper changes in the airport instead (I’m quite relieved about that). I don’t know how I really could have possibly changed a poopy diaper in one of those tiny bathrooms anyway. Has anyone ever done that before?
In addition to the toys and the diaper bags, I bought some snacks that the boys had never eaten before. That weren’t particularly messy for the flight. We got some of those organic yogurt dots. And some berry flavored baby puffs. On the trip out there, those were a huge hit. By the time we were headed home those were old hat, and the puffs container worked better as a rattle, than as a snack.
I was also pleased that families travelling with small children were able to board at the beginning…well, after all the people that had paid extra to get to board first. There were still lots of seats when we boarded and so we were able to get seats close together. Oh, I guess I haven’t mentioned that this airline doesn’t assign seating. That made me nervous when I first learned about it, but it was actually a plus. All the people who sat by us sat there because they wanted to. So it wasn’t as if they found their seat and were surprised with twins.
Also, it seems that the novelty of twins is very fun for other passengers, and rather than be annoyed that they were sitting next to a little squirmy baby (or rather two large squirmy babies) everyone we encountered seemed to be very interested and excited to see us.
The boys did awesome. Finn was a little harder to keep corralled, as he is our little explorer, but we just took turns and passed babies across the aisle when necessary.
The first day was long. We left our house at 9:45 and arrived in Seattle at about 9 pm our time, after two flights and a layover in Denver (where we ate lunch). The hardest part of the entire day was figuring out how to get our six pieces luggage from the baggage claim to the rental car place. We had the two diaper bags that we had carried on, and then the two carseats, two large rolling suitcases, a small duffel bag, and the double stroller…and ya know, the babies. It all worked out, and I only momentarily wanted to punch a lady when she said that we had to take everything off of the rolling cart and get on a shuttle to get to the rental car kiosk. I think my advice to anyone wanting to do the same thing is to just tip the shuttle drivers and let them move your luggage. We did end up doing that…but only after Tommy almost tripped with a baby in the carrier. Oh, and I highly recommend checking everything you can. In Denver we felt so light and breezy only having the babies (in carriers) and the diaper bags. We even checked the stroller. It was a beautiful thing.
Anyhow, I want to share more of the trip, but Granger just woke up, so I guess it’s time to close for now. Here were our first glimpses of Seattle.