1. August 16, 2016 / 7:12 am

    All SO TRUE. The headphones (I had forefinger paralysis after a trip to the cheapest hot island we could find this May for precisely that reason). I think it was a stroke of genius to do the concourse a thousand times though (I know you had no choice) because the sheer boredom + leg stretching surely would have aided sleep for all on the next flight? I hate flying – not because of the flying bit but because of the children bit. You’re just lucky you had a seat for the daughter. We have yet to book a flight with the actual number of seats for the actual number of people. Woohoo! #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 7:21 am

      Ha – there’s no way I could have done that bad boy with 2 seats between 3 of us and a bump! Lol’d at forefinger paralysis ???? xx

  2. August 16, 2016 / 8:18 am

    So true. They should be a special preggo class where we all get wider seats (I needed it!), more leg room, water on tap at your chair and a proper toilet where you don’t have to hover above the wee! Last November we flew back on a 12 hour flight with toddler and oldest. As soon as the fight was airbourne she woke up and partied all the way home. Refusing to let me sleep and covering me in stickers. Fun, fun, fun!

    • August 16, 2016 / 9:05 am

      Oh gosh, that sounds brutal! You did very well to make stickers last 12 hours ???? totally on board with the preggo class, let’s pitch it to Dickie Branson. Xx

  3. August 16, 2016 / 9:40 am

    Oh the headphones – I forgot headphones so had to buy a couple of pairs on board, which were huge so had to boost them with pants, socks or anything I could find to ensure the ear bit was over the ears! The plan of letting them watch telly all flight failed miserably! oh and the toddler fell asleep as we were landing, tried all bloody flight to get him to sleep. Totally agree, should be better care for pregnant women – its not fun flying whilst preggars xx #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 9:42 am

      It’s definitely an exercise in endurance isn’t it?! They can do child meals so why not child headphones in flight – anything to make it a bit easier on the harassed parents! Thanks for reading for #chucklemums xx

  4. August 16, 2016 / 9:47 am

    Hahaha this made me laugh very much…part of me is laughing because I’m now terrified of the trip to Melbourne! We still need to get the Trunki and fill it up but I imagine it will be just the same. Even at home Emma manages to find all the treats that I hide so well so I have no chance! Fab post, loved it xx

    • August 16, 2016 / 9:56 am

      Ha, don’t let me put you off! Actually, jokes aside, Mouse was fantastic and she loved it, I’m sure Emma will be the same. And you get to go to Melbourne – aaaaaah so jel! Xx

  5. August 16, 2016 / 9:48 am

    Sitting near the loo is dreadful, with or without toddlers in check. I’m surprised you werent hurling in the little bags in the seat pocket, being preggers and all. Bravo for that. There should be a gold medal at the end of travel with the littles, and perhaps a small press conference. #chucklemums TY! M’wah!

    • August 16, 2016 / 9:54 am

      Hahaha press conference while in the queue for border control, love it!! Thank you for reading and commenting for #chucklemums xx

  6. August 16, 2016 / 11:32 am

    R started yelling “I WANT TO GET OFF I WANT TO GET OFF I WANT TO GET OFF” approx 3 hours into an 8 hour flight. Joy! #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 11:37 am

      Me neither, until I can find someone to look after a couple of *joyous* girls for a month.

  7. August 16, 2016 / 12:57 pm

    I so feel number 2 (as in the list number not poop). Sleep is never an option! #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 1:06 pm

      It’s certainly not an option that can be relied upon and yet we do, always…. #chucklemums

  8. August 16, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    I can only imagine your pain. I flew with mine when he was 7 and 9 months old. I think that is a good age. We’ll be flying again when he’s nearly 3, but thankfully he’ll have his older cousins to distract him and I’ll have lots of family hands to help out. #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Safety in numbers is a good tip, and gives you a break too. Enjoy your flight and resulting holiday (I hope it’s a holiday!) xx

  9. August 16, 2016 / 3:09 pm

    Love it – have definitely come across a number of these already #rawsewage! Was equally shocked that we didn’t get priority boarding during pregnancy…outrageous! #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 3:43 pm

      Lovely use of the #rawsewage hashtag ???????? thank you for reading and commenting for #chucklemums

  10. August 16, 2016 / 3:56 pm

    Oh my goodness you’re brave! We recently endured a flight from Cyprus with a 14 month old. Jeez that was horrendous. Never mind the airport concourse, I walked the aisle of the plane holding a toddler for over 3 hours of that flight. Husband held the eldest whilst he slept. Jammy sod. In his defence he felt so bad for me that he bought me perfume from the duty free (I.e two quid cheaper than Boots) trolley. Thanks for co-hosting #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 9:25 pm

      Ha all of that comment made me laugh! Your husband was indeed jammy and I hope you chose a £98 bottle of foo-foo (as I sometimes call it). X

  11. August 16, 2016 / 7:27 pm

    Proper funny, I LOVED the air stewardess black coffee comment – LOL! So many uber observations concerning the Long hauls! One of my personal faves when travelling with the tweens is the running around mania in the departure lounge whilst other travel weary passengers are praying to god that they will be seated absolutely nowhere near us. BTW my daughter aged 6 likes to have a read of blogs over my shoulder sometimes and often gives me harsh critique about my own blogging prowess, anyway she just asked me if your children are really called Mouse and Moo – she wanted a definitive answer – LOL xx

    • August 16, 2016 / 7:38 pm

      I’ve been that person in the lounge hoping I won’t be sat next to babies / toddlers / fat men…now I let it all glide past me, apart from the fat man ???? Oh gosh now I want to impress your 6 year old – I hope you don’t let her peek at the swears! Well, perhaps I’ll DM you and you can pass the secret on ???? xx

      • August 16, 2016 / 9:11 pm

        Oh yes, she reads the ‘big words’ rather than the content with any swears! She’s pretty much got the same sense of humour as me so she would find your blog reet funny. x

  12. August 16, 2016 / 8:09 pm

    I love the hatstand comment…I would love to see a toddler attempt to be as still as a hatstand! Sounds testing in so many ways. Brilliantly depicted. I have no money for holidays abroad…I have toyed with a couple of hours from the local airport to somewhere a couple of hours away but then my brain shuts down and I’ve never got any further than that! #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 9:15 pm

      Apparently you can fly to New York from ‘our’ airport but I can’t see the planes being big enough, frankly! Cruise cruise all the way. Well, for a week to 10 days. No more than that or you turn into a 70 year old with a chest wig.

  13. August 16, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    Ha ha it is definitely an adventure in itself flying long distance with kids in tow….and that pregnant! I couldn;t have sat still for that long at 7 months pregnant! I did fly back from America at about 4 weeks pregnant, with severe morning sickness….not fun! Luckily ‘the boys’ are good travellers as they’ve both been doing it since they were about 3 months old – there are still sometimes disasters though – you just have to breathe, and count to 10…numerous times ;P

    • August 16, 2016 / 9:17 pm

      Ooh I don’t envy you a long haul early pregnancy flight, well done. I count to 10 an awful lot these days…!

  14. August 16, 2016 / 9:27 pm

    Yeah I wouldn’t fancy enduring the toilet smell!


  15. August 16, 2016 / 10:10 pm

    OMG.. This s0 resonates with me.. 27 hours, 4 kids aged 5,4,2 and 9 months. Oh, and Hubby was ill. Needless to say when people saw they were sitting near us.. They remained VERY silent… But we did leave Delta with a large cleaning bill, as my kids got playdough all over the floor.. I somehow survived to tell the story.. No drugs needed, luckily I wasn’t pregnant, so I could drink… 🙂 #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 10:14 pm

      Delta here too, you’d think they’d have learned how to look after families a bit better ???? Sounds like an epic journey, thank goodness for alcohol or in my case, chocolate.

  16. Ellen
    August 16, 2016 / 10:13 pm

    Oh my lovely this made me laugh. I’m sad your journey wasn’t entirely tip top! I am too scared to go abroad with the bubba, at least until he is old enough to play on an electronic device ???? Although B’s family want to go to Spain or somewhere next May and with a whole horde of older cousins and aunties/uncles we might be safe!
    When I was 7 months pregnant I looked ready to give birth, I don’t think they’d have let me fly.
    PS I swear you said on Twitter you’d not promoted this post at all yet… So many people have read it you sly dog!

    • August 16, 2016 / 10:15 pm

      They’ve only read it because it’s my chucklemums host post and they have to ???? Yes do not turn down an almost freebie holiday in babysitting terms – 3-4 hour flight will be a doddle with all those arms for him to wander into. Haha I don’t think the cabin crew even realised I was pregnant! Just full of American pancakes. Mmmm, pancakes… Xxx

  17. August 16, 2016 / 10:33 pm

    I am deadly serious when I say that I will not be taking my boys on a plane until they are old enough to a) carry their own luggage and b) happily watch back to back films without pestering me.

  18. August 16, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Hahaha….I remembered thinking that I would get special priority but then when they annouced the boarding for families with kids, there were so many and I knew then that it was not going to be as smooth as I thought it would be. Coming back from #chucklemums

  19. August 16, 2016 / 11:12 pm

    Oh Jeepers, this made me laugh so much.
    The smell of the plane toilets, eww!
    Haven’t attempted flying with the kids yet – 30 minute car journeys are enough to send us all over the edge..


    • August 16, 2016 / 11:14 pm

      30 minutes is plenty. Hell, 5 minutes is plenty if you pitch it wrong!! Thanks for commenting xx

  20. August 16, 2016 / 11:20 pm

    It’s such a nightmare; confined spaces highlights the noise and it feels like everyone is staring, waiting to see how you are going to shut these kids up. Cannot wait till they can be officially absorbed in back to back movies! #chucklemums

    • August 16, 2016 / 11:29 pm

      Or the shuffling and throat clearing from the row in front so you just KNOW they’re onto you! Gah. The necessity of travel. Thanks for commenting for #chucklemums ????

  21. August 18, 2016 / 5:54 pm

    ‘Immobile hatstand’…brilliant image! A really entertaining post – I felt your pain and your humour in equal measures! Alison x #chucklemums

  22. August 20, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    I don’t think I am ever going to “abroadland” again. The last time was just too hard! #KCACOLS

  23. August 21, 2016 / 9:15 am

    Ha ha this made me chuckle as we have just come back from a trip to Australia with a 2 year old and my post for #KCACOLS is about flying with him. We found the headphones worked but only in one ear coz it was a double port thingy. That was fine for Mini R. Totally sympathize on the sleeping toddler spreading out, we had the same. We were lucky that we did get some priority with having a tot, we didn’t have to queue through security or boarding gate which was really nice. We had the buggy, maybe that helped? Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday. xx

    • August 21, 2016 / 9:51 am

      Ah did I comment on yours too? I definitely read one last night about an Oz trip with a toddler and I simultaneously raised a glass and doffed my invisible cap to you! We didn’t take a buggy as we were borrowing one from friends in America but if we did a big trip again a buggy would be a necessity for the baby. Thanks for reading for #KCACOLS xx

  24. August 21, 2016 / 7:59 pm

    This is brilliant and funny because it’s so true! Makes you really want to travel with a smallie NEVER! Congrats on getting in the Huff Post, that’s fantastic! #KCACOLS

  25. August 21, 2016 / 11:37 pm

    Haha – sounds, um, fun! I hate flying, never mind with a toddler & pregnant! I think, whatever the mode of transport, the ‘it’s a night journey so we’ll be able to sleep’ thinking never works out! #chucklemums

  26. August 22, 2016 / 2:20 pm

    This made me chuckle. Especially the bits about the dismembered farm animal and WhatsApp. #kcacols

  27. August 22, 2016 / 2:42 pm

    Haha this made me proper LOL! Although I’m totally terrified to take my two abroad now and definitely won’t be sitting anywhere near the toilet! x #KCACOLS

    • August 22, 2016 / 2:49 pm

      Unless you’re pregnant. In which case sitting near the loo is brilliant tbh…thank you for reading xx

  28. August 22, 2016 / 10:15 pm

    We are flying at the end of September. We have a 10 year old (She’ll be fine)4yo, 3yo,2yo, 1yo and a 7 month old Piglet. Apparently we are crazy. I’ll be stocking up on gin #kcacols

    • August 22, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      Very best of luck to you on that one! Nuff gin needed for your seat…

  29. August 23, 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Kind of makes you wonder if it’s worth it really! I firmly believe pregnant people should be treated like royalty. 😉 hope you enjoyed the holiday after all that. P.s. toilet seats=rookie mistake ???? #KCACOLS

    • August 23, 2016 / 1:45 pm

      Definitely – red carpet treatment. We could be growing their future pilots!

  30. August 23, 2016 / 5:19 pm

    awww and all so bloody true! and this is why I just cant be bothered with travel at the mo :/ ive become so lazy ! #KCACOLS

  31. August 25, 2016 / 2:22 am

    Brilliant. My parents live a transatlantic flight away. I’ve not been brave enough to attempt the journey yet.

    Ive a feeling the flight attendants may get annoyed at my constant button pressing for wine!!

    • August 25, 2016 / 4:49 am

      I think (in my experience) they ignore more than one button press in a 45 minute period, which is unfortunate!

  32. August 29, 2016 / 7:48 am

    Oh thank you – yep, toddler is ok, baby bump is ok, together it’s all a bit iffy! No we were quite lucky really. Hope you get bags more good holidays too xx

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