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Today Grandma Points, Little C, and myself set forth on C’s first international adventure. Not surprisingly, I can’t really post much while on the road with her. Shockingly, she doesn’t take kindly to mom ignoring her by pounding away on the computer. And frankly, who wants to spend vacation on the internet anyway! So, I will be offline a bit more than usual the next few days, but I wanted to share some brief lessons learned on day one of our adventure.
- Premier Access/Elite status with United is fantastic (so far). This is my first trip with any airline status in a long time, and the short check-in and security lines, priority bag tags, and E+ seats were all I hoped they would be. Seriously. There was even an open first class seat on our flight, so if I would have been interested in splitting from the other two in my party, it presumably would have been mine. However, I was very happy in my E+ seat next to my traveling toddler. I love that she can stretch her feet out and not hit the chair in front of her. For those who are curious, yes that blanket is in her mouth a lot. No, we don’t normally let her bring it places (just when we want to encourage sleep). No, the volume was not on for the DVD player (she took her ear phones off so we muted it). No other passengers were harmed in the taking of these photographs.
- Kids love passports (likely because their photo is in them!). C kept asking to read her “passport book”. I tried explaining the story wasn’t very good in that book, but then I gave in and just made up a good story about travel to far off places while we flipped through the pages.
- Take a potty break before the customs line. We did this, and I am so glad we did. Once you are in the line, you can’t really get out. This was C’s first trip without at least a pull-up on the plane, so that adds a bit of “excitement” to the whole experience. Oh, and if you are in Montreal, veer to the left in the customs line unless you are a Canadian citizen. We ended up in the wrong line due to my monitoring the toddler more than the signs. Oops.
- No matter how many times you say it costs per minute/text, family will still call and text when you take the toddler and Grandma with you. Glad I have at least some sort of international calling plan on my phone this month, but I didn’t go past that since I didn’t think I would need it. Ha ha. Silly me.
- Leaving the country with your kid is exciting – even if it is just to Canada.
- Don’t let Grandma and child loose in any gift shop. Trust me. If you do decide to do this, you do so at your own risk, but at least make sure they are using a card with no foreign transaction fees!
Can’t wait to explore Montreal tomorrow with three generations of girls before the rest of the family joins us tomorrow night. Fun!