Poem 60: Traveling with a baby & a toddler

Last updated on May 6th, 2024 at 10:25 am

The toddler screams when I wake him at 3 am, I smile.

The toddler tantrum giving up his shoes and coat at security, I smile.

The baby jumps up and down on my lap for 2 hours, I smile.

The toddler needs to potty but we are going to miss our flight, I run fast and smile.

The baby screams when she dumps her water in her lap, I smile.

The baby’s ears start hurting, I stand, rock her screaming and smile.

Ten hours later she is still crying, I continue to rock her and smile.

Through three security checks, three countries with them both, I smile.

The toddler shouts out that he needs to poo, the seat belt sign turns on, I embarrassingly smile.

He takes his time pooing, 30 minutes later, I apologize to the line and smile.

The pilot makes an announcement that stops the toddler’s movie, he screams, I smile.

The baby wants to walk and crawl everywhere but in front of me, she screams, I smile.

We barely make our third flight, the toddler pees his pants, I smile.

Dragging our two suitcase to reclaim and recheck with them both in tote, I smile.

Both fall into a deep sleep on the flight and it lands, neither want to wake up, I smile.

I see a glimpse of my mother in the arrivals hall, I cry happy tears!

I am home. I smile. 

 

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64 thoughts on “Poem 60: Traveling with a baby & a toddler”

  1. I love this! I can really sense the journey through this, and the effort it takes. I love the bit where you see your Mum. I hope you enjoy your time home xx

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    • Thank you Sara. I thought I would share one of my poems and see what people think. I have been contemplating not writing anymore poems but I do love it so much. lol

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    • Exactly, it truly was and so worth it all. I would do it again and again just to be home more! We are having the time of our lives. I am so blessed with such great parents and extended family.

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  2. I commented on this last week but it never appeared – shame about Comment Luv. I wanted to say well done Jenny you’re a trooper! And I can imagine how relieved and ecstatic you must have been to finally see your mom at the airport! X

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    • Thanks, I know I love commentluv but as soon as I turn the plugin on no one can comment but I turn it off and then they can. No idea what’s going on. It’s great to be home but hard to vacation and not keep trying to better my photography, my blog etc.

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  3. I think I’d forgotten how hard it is to travel with small children! Thanks for the reminder. The relief of finally making it home must have been wonderful, well done hun x

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    • Yes as soon as I saw my momma I relaxed. Although it was a touch day I did it on my own n I am glad I did so I know I can always do it now and survive. Just! Lmao

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  4. Aww Jenny, It must have been quite some struggle on your own with missy moo & Bubba- i hope you encountered some kind strangers who offered you help along the way?! Beautiful poem xx

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    • Thank you. It was definitely a challenge except for the crazy French sending me to the wrong terminal and gate and running as fast as I can across the airport to barely making the flight. It was perfect. Lol

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  5. Well done for smiling through it all. I have travelled since we’ve had our little one but I can imagine how it would be! Xx

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    • Thanks Iona. It was challenging but so worth it when I arrived and saw my parents then my home and then the sun shining day after day. Lol

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  6. Takes some work with one child, let alone two, especially with one that’s newly potty trainined. I know I’d be on tenterhooks with my son.

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  7. This poem is so beautiful Jenny! I am so happy that your able to spend this glorious time at home because living so far from home I am sure you miss it more than words can say! xxx

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    • Definitely debs. It’s so hard being away from my momma since I have had kids it’s even harder. Love being home and soaking up the next two months here for sure.

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  8. A lovely poem that shows that you must have the patience of a saint. I hope that you have a wonderful time back with your folks and that the return journey is much less fraught xx

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    • Yes I hope the return journey isn’t as bad. Somehow it always seems shorter which is good but sadder and hard to leave saying goodbye. We are having so much fun.

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  9. This sums up the joys of travelling perfectly. I often feel as a mum I spend a lot of time repressing my true emotions. I am impressed you manage to smile as I think I just go into lockdown and try to remain deadpan lol!
    Also, I enjoy your poems, and as long as you enjoy writing them you should continue!
    Happy holidays x

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    • Thanks hunny appreciate that and your lovely comment. Yes just keep smiling from Nemo was in my head the whole time instead of just keep swimming. Hahahaha

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  10. Lovely post! Travelling with toddlers and babies isn’t particularly easy but I guess if you are heading somewhere great it is wonderfully worthwhile. happy travels. #sharewithme xx

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  11. Looks like you had an eventful journey, but you made it! This is such a perfect poem in every way. I’m afraid to travel with just my toddler, so you’re a superhero in my eyes!

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  12. How lovely. I can imagine how excited you were to getting home but I think my smile at some of those scenarios would have been bordering on hysterical!!! Lovely poem :0 #sharewithme

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    • Thank you. Hahaga you just made me snort my coffee up my nose. Rocking in the corner. Lol I probably should have. Lol there was no time for that. It’s worth it in the end. Being home is amazing.

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  13. Oh hun! Loved this so much! I took mine on a flight earlier in the year and oh tis a bit of a nightmare when they cry isn’t it? And you do that thing where you kind of giggle and look like “yeah it’s fine” but inside you are dying?? So horrible! Hope you are are enjoying mucho time with YOUR Mummy xxxxx

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    • Yes I am loving being home and it’s so worth the long journey to be home with my kids in my culture. I was so homesick. It’s been amazing.

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  14. Sounds like a very stressful journey, well done you for managing to smile throughout – not quite sure I could have done the same! I imagine the smile when you finally got home was the most genuine one though! Lovely poem 🙂

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    • Thank you. I bet you could have done it too. Many people just don’t know what to expect but when it comes down to it I bet lots of people could do it. Lol

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  15. This is so sweet and such a nice change from so many parenting things I read. I love that you end everything with “I smile”. Sometimes it is hard to remember in all the madness how blessed you are. Awesome poem!

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    • Exactly. I thought that when I wrote it. Life is too short to get upset and frustrated when the end picture is so amazing like being home! Lol

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    • I do get called it a lot but no one is perfect. My kids fight, I shout and it’s all normal here I can promise you. I just knew it would be a tough day and it’s the reward of being home that keeps me smiling all through it. Lol

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    • Thanks hunny. Glad you liked it! It was the only way I could explain all that went on without whining or listing the crazy happenings. Hahaha got to keep it entertaining still. Lol

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  16. That is a lovely poem. I too have experienced travelling long haul with a baby and then a toddler and then two young children, to Australia and NZ and back to the UK. All the things in your poem ring true and it is the biggest blessing when you sling down your bags and collapse into a chair with a cup of tea at your final destination. I love the sentiment in your poem, looking forward to reading your next one xx

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    • Thank you Caroline so sweet of you to say. Wow to Australia and NZ and back to the UK sounds like you travel like we do. Good luck. Yes so worth that cuppa at the end of the travel.

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  17. A good description of your flight, lovely poem, I hope you have a wonderful time and the flight back is less stressful x #sharewithme

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    • Thank you. Me too. Flight back should be easier as I will be in another city and it’s only two long flights home and minus the three hour drive.

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