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When flying with my four-year-old earlier this week a flight delay made an evening departure even later. A full day of school, then an evening departure (and no sleeping on the flight), meant that she was exhausted when we landed well after midnight.
After we landed, I successfully relied on her previous travel experience of pushing through airports when tired, but once we were in the dark and quiet Uber car on the way to the hotel, she fell deep asleep. Like sack of potatoes asleep.
The Uber driver was nice enough to carry our bags into the hotel while I carried the 45 pound sleeping kiddo. That got us into the hotel, but we still had several steps to go before we could lay down on the bed for the night.
This was obviously going to be a logistical problem.
I had to choose between laying her on a couch in the lobby where I couldn’t see her while I checked in, or put her at my feet on the floor so I could keep tabs on her while checking in.
I choose the probably dirty floor over a couch that I couldn’t see for my sleeping beauty. It was a situation where there was no perfect choice, but we weren’t going to get to bed until we found a way to check into the hotel. This is when it would have been great to be at a fancy-pants place like the Park Hyatt Tokyo that completed the check-in process in your room!
After check-in was complete, we still had to get to our room. I sort of assumed since I was staying at a full service hotel that a bell person would help with the bags, but since it was around 1AM at this point, one never appeared. I loaded our bags onto the luggage cart, and then added the ball of sleeping kid.
“Mam, I’d rather you not do that.”
Well, I certainly would rather not be doing this either, but it’s almost 1AM and I’m fresh out of better ideas. I tried explaining to the check-in agent that I understood the risks and would be careful and yadda yadda, but he wasn’t having it. I’d rather you not quickly changed to you can’t do that.
Being a rule follower, and just wanting to get to bed as quickly as possible, I tried to wake her up so she could walk and I could push the cart. Nope, wasn’t going to work. She was not going to be awake enough to walk anymore that night.
So, I did my best to comply and picked her up and carried her while pushing the cart. You can imagine how long that work for…until we were on the elevator and out of sight from the front desk. It just wasn’t a logistical possibility.
Thank goodness I had the cart to ultimately put her back on when we weren’t being watched, because the room ended up being quite a good distance from the check-in area. There was no way I could have carried her and the bags that far by myself.
If you travel enough with little kids, you will experience some interesting situations on the road. This was one of those interesting situations that didn’t have a perfect solution. You now know what we did – what would you have done?