First long haul trip with both kids to San Francisco – 1

I should be thankful that J has always been so angel, so easy-going on trips, that he made me think his sister is so troublesome. 12.5 hr flight, he slept half of the time by switching on the sleep mode himself before taking off, then watched several cartoons & munched some snacks; no fuss as always; while Alyssa was so excited that she tried to make friends with everyone who looked or didn’t look at her until she got overtired that she decided crying is the only way to fall asleep, waking the rest cabin passengers to give her mom an annoying look, she slept 4+ hrs on my shoulder with screams in between to complain the uncomfortable poses she had on me, then decided to scream to wake herself up to introduce more frowning/pity stares at me, watched some videos but more interested in walking up and down the aisle to social around with the only person who had the same interest – an one year old girl; refusing to let daddy took her, leaving me as the only one to entertain her for the rest of the flight.

Arriving SFO at 11pm local, they went to bed around 1:30am and woke up around 6ish in the morning, J slept straight through but A with episodes of waking up crying in between. She refused to sleep in her own bed (a playpen that she has been sleeping in for the past month) and insisted that she should be sleeping with her brother in the same big bed leaving daddy no room to sleep.
A refused to shower, only agreed to wash hands and face. Refused to be carried but to walk on her own to her own interested directions and refused to hold hands sometimes. A has strong characters that you need to be very good at reading her mind or be very patient to help her to communicate her thoughts out. It would save us time from hearing her screams and seeing the tantrums by simply ask her several questions repeatedly to confirm, eg. Do you want to sleep in your own bed? (No no no!) do you want to sleep in big bed with gor-gor? (Nods). Do you want a shower ? (No no no!) How about a bath? (No no no!) How about just to wash hands and face? (Nods).

Both napped for an hour in the afternoon, miss A also napped an hour in the morning on a car ride, then both slept before 8pm. Let’s see what time they will wake up tomorrow morning! Finger crossed!

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