Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Speaking of Silly Monkey's....

So, tomorrow I will go on the adventure of a lifetime; flying alone with twin toddlers. Southwest had a deal I couldnt pass up, so off to NY we go. I have traveled enough with the two of them to know how it needs to go, and also how they get in airports. They really are good travelers, but they are also toddlers. They like to explore, and unfortunately airports are not toddler-exploring-friendly. I was hoping to be able to keep them in their stroller most of the time we are not on the plane, but I knew that was not going to be very realistic. So, I resorted to something that I swore I would never do. In my own defense, I swore I would never do this when I thought I would be producing the standard one child and not twins.
I bought these.
Yes, that is a monkey-back-pack-harness. A what? OK, fine, it is a baby leash. Back off.

I picked up two of them at Target, and figured I would bring them with me tomorrow in case the girls need to get out and walk around. If there is one thing I have learned about traveling with children it is that you never try something "new" out in public before you have tried it at home. So, I figured I would take the monkey's out and let them wear them. I figured that the screeching would ensue soon after and my wonderful plan would be shot, and I would be returning the monkey's to Target.

Ruthie was my first innocent victim. I put the monkey on her and Maddie became obsessed with following her around trying to get the monkey. So, I got the other monkey and put it on Maddie. I then waited. Surely the screams would be coming. Any minute.....any minute.....but there was no screaming. In fact, they went on with their night like nothing was different. Success! So, I went to take off the monkey's. Screaming. Complete and utter melt down by my two children. They were literally throwing their bodies against the island trying to reach the monkey's to put them back on. So, I put them back on.....and the screaming stopped. The girls wore the monkey's around the house for almost an hour before I was able to pry them off of their backs.











Before any one asks, the reason the girls dont have their shirts on is because they had lasagna for dinner and they were a complete mess. I thought that the monkey idea would flop and they would head straight up for their bath. I was wrong.
We'll see how much they like them when I attach the leash part of it to the monkey's!

6 comments:

marathonmommy said...

Never say never, that's what I've learned as a parent. enjoy your trip! we'll miss you at playgroup!

Beth said...

I think it's smarter to "leash" your children than lose them in the airport! I actually think they are a smart idea for airports and theme parks. No judgement from me!

Drew and Jake Edwards said...

Great story Kristen! Ruthie and Maddie look so darn cute with the monkey's on their backs. I saw those in the store and will probably be picking them up as well. Can't wait to hear how it goes with the leash attachments!

lesliel said...

Great tool for parenting!!!! I used one when we drove the Blue Ridge Parkway with Robert as a toddler. They are great!
And I agree - never say never. God just laughs at you....in a loving way.

Rachel said...

Planning to get one for our next airport excursion. Nothing wrong with them :-) Much better a monkey backpack harness than a lost baby!

Jason and Misty said...

We have the bear backback, there is nothing wrong with it at all. Our kids like to wear them while we are at home! Your girls are so cute. This is the first time I've seen them. You look good too!!