Two under two? I know, let’s go on a plane

Two under two? I know, let’s go on a plane

Well it is holiday season and not being ones to miss out mr TM and I decided to take our 2 under 2 on a beach holiday to the sunny, and steep, island of Menorca. We did take them to Lanzarote earlier in the year, but we went for a month and took grandparents with us so we outnumbered the babies, it wasn’t too hot for them, and the duration of our stay certainly made it worth while. Truth be told it was a successful holiday (rare, I know) so we decided to push our luck and fly solo, for a little getaway in the sun.

I am currently sat writing this as baby 2 is awake and playing in his cot, baby 1 is asleep as is Mr TM, it’s 6.30, yawn. So there’s your first glimpse of how holidaying with babies is different. Lie ins do not happen, everyday is a week day here. That being said if we could get baby 2 into one of the shutter covered bedrooms we might have half a chance but the poor thing is stuck in the living room as navigating his cot through the small doorframe just ain’t happening, how they got baby 1s cot in through I will never know.
Another difference is the airport, and flight for that matter, obvs. Being summer the airport was heaving, even on arrival at 5.30am. We had to queue to check in, we had to queue to check in our medical baggage (prescription formula for baby 2, although this was considerably easier than the ordeal we had on our flight earlier in the year) we had to queue to get through the boarding gate, we had to queue to put our bags through the scanners, where we also held up the queue ten fold, as we had to fish out all electricals, liquids and medicines, put bags through, put liquids through, take babies x2 out of prams, put both prams through scanner and mum and dad only then to have bags sent back through for re-scanning, (someone may have left an Ella’s kitchen pouch in said bag), liquids then put in fancy contraception to ensure not secretly a bomb and spend 10 minutes re-packing, herding and loading babies and accompanying paraphernalia back onto prams, x2. All this while a woman on a hen party, adult only that is, just herself to navigate through security, stood next to us re-packing her bag huffing and puffing moaning about what a pain in the arse it is… That was until she looked at our flustered faces and said ‘boy thought I had it hard’. Cheers then.

 
The plane itself is of course ‘the worry’ however we have flown a few times now with one and two babies and each time it has been fine. Admittedly 4 hours is about our limit so our two hour flight did actually seem like a doddle. It can take me as long to get down the M5 from Birmingham to Bristol on a bad day. We also lucked in somewhat on the plane, we did pay for extra leg room, I know what you’re  saying – total waste for two hours, I was in that camp. Until this flight that is, those extra few inches did in fact make a huge difference with two babies and the trunki full of books, stickers, toys etc. Also, the flight wasn’t full so we had a row of three to ourselves which meant baby 1 had her own seat. As flights go this certainly was an easy one, we still have the flight home to face yet so it could all go royally tits up and I’ll regret putting that paragraph out there…

 

We managed to get through the flight, passport  control, baggage handling all relatively unscathed, baby 1 did run around pushing her trunki like a loon but hey she had just been stuck on a plane for 2 hours.

 

On arrival at our hotel we were put in a room at the bottom of 6 flights of steps… I am not generally one to moan (ok maybe that’s a lie) but with two buggies this really was less than ideal so I sent Mr TM off to have a polite word following which we were moved to a pool facing room, with no steps, result.
So all arrived unpacked it’s now time to enjoy the two weeks of Menorcan sun, right? Hmm stay tuned on that one…

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26 Comments

  1. June 20, 2016 / 8:43 am

    Hope your enjoying your holiday! The airport is such a tactical mission to get through but sounds like you navigated well! Fingers crossed for the journey home #marvmondays

  2. June 20, 2016 / 8:54 am

    Hope you are having an amazing holiday :-) #marvmondays

  3. June 20, 2016 / 9:44 am

    Jealous right now! Wish I could be abroad :(

  4. June 20, 2016 / 10:46 am

    Ah glad the plane flight was easy! I haven’t gone on a plane ride yet with the little one, am a bit scared, but this post has eased my worries! : ) The hotel view looks FAB! #bigpinklink

  5. June 20, 2016 / 11:37 am

    I’m yet to encounter a flight with my little boy but seeing you do it with two under two, I really shouldn’t be worried! Looks like a beautiful place, really makes me want to get away now. Thanks for linking up to #MarvMondays. Kaye xo

    • tammymum
      June 20, 2016 / 1:38 pm

      I think as long as you have lots of thins to keep them entertained then it’s not too bad, that and keep the flight short! Xx

  6. June 20, 2016 / 11:45 am

    You are so brave to fly with two under two! My husband and I recently look our daughter on her first flight – a 7-hour flight from Glasgow to New York – when she was 11 months old. It was…challenging. I don’t think I could have managed with more than one baby! #bigpinklink

    • tammymum
      June 20, 2016 / 1:39 pm

      Ah yes 7 hours is a long time though I don’t think I would be brave enough to do that Distance with my 2. 4 hours is my absolute limit I think. But at least you have a very good reason for the flight, definitely makes it worth it xx

  7. June 20, 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Ah I’m glad you are having fun Sarah, it looks beautiful. Glad the flight went well even if the airport was pretty stressful. I think you guys are great for managing with two littlies! We haven’t attempted it with one yet and I don’t really plan to in the near future but it’s good to know that it can be done!! #Bigpinklink

  8. June 20, 2016 / 2:50 pm

    I took my girls on a 12 + hour plane journey! Felt so long but they behaved pretty well. Enjoy your holiday lovely
    #MarvMondays

  9. June 20, 2016 / 7:35 pm

    Ooo looking forward to the next instalment but so glad this bit went well. A short flight seems a jolly good idea! #bigpinklink

    • tammymum
      June 20, 2016 / 7:43 pm

      It’s all about the short flight m’dear xx

  10. organisedjo
    June 20, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    We love w trunks full of toys, stickers and electronic devices when we go away too. Enjoy your hols. #MarvMonday

    • tammymum
      June 20, 2016 / 8:00 pm

      Thank you, it is all about the trunki packed to the brim xx

  11. organisedjo
    June 20, 2016 / 7:54 pm

    Darn spellcheck – trunkis!!

  12. June 20, 2016 / 8:12 pm

    I remember taking 1 toddler on a plane – there were 4 adults and it was still stressful! Lol hope you have a great time :) #MarvMondays

    • tammymum
      June 20, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Haha I think toddlers can be harder sometimes! They aren’t quite old enough to be entertained sat but also too old to just sit and babble happily! Xx

  13. June 20, 2016 / 8:30 pm

    You were so lucky with the plane and even the hotel room! I hope you’re enjoying that view. You’re right though, a holiday is never a holiday as you know it. The show must go on, but in a different location – a challenge that we love to take on. I respect you for taking them abroad, can’t wait to hear more. Have a fab time! #marvmondays

  14. June 21, 2016 / 7:27 am

    Wow, what a gorgeous view!! I was holding my breath all the way through, sure that a disaster was about to unfold… But hurrah!! I am over the moon for you that it all went so well! The extra leg room does seem a perfect idea, no matter how short the flight! And your daughter looks very content with her stickers! Despite the lack of lay ins/actual relaxation, I hope you all have a brilliant time! I’ll look forward to, and cross my fingers for the next instalment!!
    #bigpinklink

    • tammymum
      June 21, 2016 / 8:25 am

      Ah thank you! Yes the flight was good but I’ll give you a sneak preview of the next chapter…we peaked on the flight… Argh xxx

  15. June 25, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Beautiful pic of the babies and the view! I remember thinking holidays were like weekdays until my children were old enough to be ‘told to lie in’ which means giggle and chat form the early hours so mum and dad were actually awake anyway! Lovely post and enjoy that holiday! #fortheloveofBLOG X lou at http://www.peppermintcove.com

  16. June 25, 2016 / 6:26 pm

    Ah this is a great read, especially as we will be travelling on our first ever flight soon. The problem is, Mother isn’t a great flyer so is nervous about not showing this and passing her fear onto me. Good tip about the extra leg room. Looks like you stayed somewhere lovely – and fab that they moved you. Hope you had a fab hols x #fortheloveofBLOG

  17. June 26, 2016 / 6:07 am

    Hope you have a lovely time, we took our 18 month old twins to Denver last year. The flight was fine, the jet lag on the other hand… x #MarvMondays

    • tammymum
      June 26, 2016 / 6:23 am

      Oh goodness, the jet lag is indeed the bit that scares me most about flying long haul! Hope you had a lovely time though x

  18. June 26, 2016 / 8:47 am

    Oh god well done ! Airports planes and children are super stressful . I regularly travel alone with my two and it is exhausting ! #fortheloveofblog

  19. June 29, 2016 / 8:18 am

    Well done for getting away with 2 under 2! I’m very much in the camp that having children shouldn’t stop you from going on holiday. You sound like you did amazingly well for it, battling the airport, queues and the plane. We’ve recently been to Spain, and I was searched at security so it was a bit of a mission unpacking all the bags etc….One of things I have learnt is that the airports are often really busy in the morning, as the this is when the cheaper flights leave, we had a relatively early flight too, so next time I might aim for a flight at about 10/11 ish although this is not always possible. I’m looking forward to reading your next installment. Thanks so much for linking up at #fortheloveofBLOG. Claire x