Friday, July 17, 2009

traveling with toddlers (and untreated anxiety disorder), a cautionary tale

After spending a week visiting my parents in New Jersey, Joseph and I are now home.  I will spare you the details of the return flight; suffice it to say that as we were disembarking, a woman put her hand on my shoulder and said "Oh dear, and you're expecting too--God bless you." 

We were those people. 

I have sworn a blood oath to never attempt traveling with a toddler without an ample supply of Xanax or some other fast acting sedative (for me).

Joseph loved his vacation--small wonder since my parents treat him like the baby Jesus and shower him with presents and adoration.  Me, I managed to escape without any major illnesses (unless you count a mysterious rash on my arm), which puts this trip head and shoulders above the previous five or six times I've been away from home.  I am not a good traveler.  I assume most people can take it in stride when they encounter all the usual traveling stresses:  flight delays, power-mad airport security, inscrutable showers, unfamiliar and unidentifiable noises in their temporary bedrooms, etc.  These things disorient me to the point where I have embarrassingly transparent nightmares (e.g., being carried away by hot air balloons) and get confused about where I really live (when I go home will I be returning to Florida or Phoenix? what side of the bed do I usually sleep on?).

I am not being facetious when I say that I am so very relieved that having three young children will provide years worth of excuses for not traveling. 


Anonymous said...

Oh, how I sympathize. It is my belief, after traveling by myself with my 18 month old, that all parents and children should get super-duper special treatment. Early boarding, with helpers, a special play area at every gate, express lane through security, no gate changes, etc. And I swear that if it were legal, I'd marry the portable DVD player we bought for our son. It saved me.

liz said...

oh shoot!

i was THAT mom at target the other day while my 2 yr old was laying on the floor screaming his head off.

parenthood. it's joyful.

hey! thanks for your nice comment on my blog (me and t). i love all of the knitting you do. i'm so impressed by that skill. i'm not sure i have the attention span for it. i have tried. i need to keep at it i'm sure.

Anonymous said...

Xanax is known to be an FDA (Food and Drugs Administration) approved medicine for treating panic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, anxiety related to depression et al and further details on Xanax info make it apparent that xanax is meant for short term treatment of anxiety.