When traveling across multiple time zones, there are several ways to reset your clock, such as gradually adjusting to the new time zone in the days leading up to your trip, but this isn’t always easy to do with two busy parents and an active toddler like 3B. Knowing this, 3B took matters into his own hands and stayed awake for 11 hours, through the trip to the airport, the first flight, the layover, the second flight, and almost the drive home from the airport.
As a result, he wasn’t up at 3:30 this morning, thankfully. However, 3B’s clock resetting method does have some glitches, like failing to account for nap time, which he’s currently spending chatting away to himself. That’s not bad, and in fact, it’s much better than this morning’s nap time, all 15 minutes of which he spent screaming, snotting, and coughing, until we finally got him.
You’d think that after 11 straight waking hours with us yesterday, he would want at least a little time away, even though he never did get whiny, cranky, or fussy during the whole trip. And that was despite his running nose and our running no’s:
- No kicking the seat in front of you.
- No making calls on the cell phone in the seat in front of you.
- No iPod in the mouth.
- No eating the seat cushion.
- No licking the carpet.
It was 3B’s consistent no-worries attitude that was the biggest lesson for me–despite coming into the trip sick and sleep deprived, and then being shoehorned into jam packed planes for cross-country flights and not sleeping for another half day, he showed us what a graceful traveler looks like. I’ll try to remember that the next time I’m tempted to whine about this or that inconvenience, although old habits are hard to break.
[Update: 3B never did take a nap today. We ended up getting him after his second “nap” and taking him to the park, where he ran, slid, danced, and swung (Cuyahoga…) to his heart’s content.]