We arrived in the U.S. six days ago, but I've only now summoned the energy to blog about it.
Miles traveled: 5,200
Hours in flight: 13.
Hours in airports: 7.
Hours in transit to and from airports: 1.5
Hours slept by Z: 3
Minutes slept by N: 45
Minutes slept by M: 8
Minutes slept by J: 15
Diapers changed: 14
Cups of coffee drunk by M: 6
Toys packed in the carry-on: roughly 78
Varieties of snacks packed in the carry-on: 12
Future vacations canceled once we realized what the flights entail: 1
Last-minute decisions to carry-on a car seat: 1
Checking in at Domodedovo Airport in Moscow.
Somewhere between Moscow and Frankfurt.
Contemplating the next 13 hours of travel.
Somewhere over the Atlantic.
We spent a large portion of our trans-Atlantic flight trying to get the girls to sleep. That was largely a failure. Predictably, the girls fell asleep once we hit the security line at Chicago O'Hare. At that point, it was about 11 p.m. Moscow time - they had gotten up at 5 a.m. And then we had to take them out 15 minutes later to go through the TSA check. Which was fun for exactly nobody.
We learned that, no matter what you do to make a flight better, traveling that many miles with two toddlers is just never going to be easy. Also, N's eczema flared up like I haven't seen in 18 months, whlie on the plane. I don't know whether it was stress from lack of sleep, something in the air, or something gross on the seats and blankets, but it took three days of OTC cortisone cream (which we usually don't use) to ease her pain. As a result, we decided to give up on the idea of going someplace warm for a week in February. You have to fly at least 10 hours to get anywhere beachy from Moscow at that time of year, and it's just not worth the stress on her body. Sob. Goodbye, Sharm el Sheikh :(