By Cheryl Bac
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About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons incl... (More)
About this blog: I'm a wife, stay-at-home mom, home cook, marathon runner, and PhD. I recently moved to the Silicon Valley after completing my PhD in Social Psychology and becoming a mother one month apart. Before that, I ran seven marathons including Chicago and Boston. Exercise is an integral part of my life. I hope to one day go back to long distance running and tackle the New York City Marathon. Right now I run after my one year old son. Although I am a stay-at-home mom, we are rarely "at home." My mom also stayed at home with my brother and me. She warned me that, although rewarding, it can be isolating. So, with her help, I learned the importance of getting out into the community and meeting other mothers. On the rare occasion when I am at home and have a hand or two free, I squeeze in time to scrapbook. As a new mom, many challenges are thrown my way. I hope my opinions, triumphs, and struggles help experienced parents reminisce, new parents cope, and parents-to-be get an honest glimpse of what the first years of motherhood can entail. (Hide)
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Recently I took my first flight alone with two little ones. We went on vacation to see a bunch of relatives. Even though our son has flown many times, I was quite nervous about the flight.
Luckily our son loves all things transportation, so the airport and airplane were like two big toy stores for him. Not only did he see a line of taxis but he took the elevator, saw many conveyor belts, watched the AirTrain and saw planes taking off. And our daughter was also content. She enjoys being in a front carrier and her eyes widened as she saw all of the airport's and airplane's new sites.
When we boarded the Southwest flight I found two seats for us. Almost immediately a woman nearby took one look at us and quickly stowed away her laptop and other belongings to move as far away from us as she could. It was a full flight and, not surprisingly, the seat next to us wasn't filled until the last moments. Thankfully, a kind man who has three kids himself asked if that seat was available. He even joked about having lots of experience with kids grabbing him and spitting up, so I need not worry. I couldn't have asked for a better seatmate.
I don't know how often I will travel on my own with two kids. But at least now I know that I can handle it.