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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We recently flew to the Midwest with our three kids. By far the most challenging part of the trip was juggling three car seats. I'm looking forward to swapping these car seats for booster seats in the future.
The actual plane rides went surprisingly smoothly. No delays. Our older kids watched videos on my iPad and phone while I fed and played with baby. I have to admit, our little one seemed quite confused. Why weren't her siblings running around and entertaining her as they usually do?
My husband was a lifesaver. I could focus almost all of my energy on our kids while he juggled our belongings, checked in, rented the minivan and drove us everywhere. He kept our kids from melting down when they needed to rush to the bathroom, change into an outfit after an apple juice spill, etc.
One of the best parts about traveling with three kids is seeing how much easier it could be to travel in just a few years. Our oldest needed very little assistance on the flight. Our middle child needed a little more attention but still needed significantly less attention than baby.
I'm not sure when our next family vacation will be. And I have no clue when I would attempt a trip with all three kids on my own. But our first successful flight with three kids makes me think it might happen sooner than I had originally planned.