We're now more than halfway through the terrible twos and we're pretty confident we can handle anything at this point. (Queue more seasoned parents laughing at us. We know we're in for it but hoping for the best.) So it is at this point we decided we should try flying with our twins.
And you know what? It wasn't that bad.
Sure, taxiing was a nightmare. Trying to explain to two two year olds that they have to sit still and remain buckled up isn't exactly easy. World peace may be a more achievable feat. However, the screaming only lasted during the ten minutes, or twenty, that we were waiting on the runway. Before and after that was a dream.
Next hurdle. The United Club. No one needs a free drink after flying like twin parents. Well, maybe the poor souls seated around us, but we definitely needed a brewski. I will caution you though, no one in the United Club appreciates it when your twin toddlers run around stuffing brownies in their face for dinner. Weird.
Finally, we decided to drink quickly and head to the airport McDonald's as soon as possible. After all, nothing brings a smile to a tots face like Chicken Nuggets. And they loved every greasy bite. (I'm not going to lie - I did too.)
I'll give a shoutout to all the airports with playgrounds. You are geniuses and made my life so much more relaxing. To the airports without a kids play area, you're welcome for my children running around a million miles an hour yelling "jet speed!"
Other highlights? Family bathrooms. Praise the Lord for the convenience and ease of diaper changes in these bathrooms. (And I apologize to the mom I upset ten years ago when I locked Canoli and myself in the only available family bathroom at O'Hare so that he could stretch his legs and eat dinner. My bad.)
The United flight attendant who gave our girls their first set of wings. Yes girl. You made my day. I didn't even have to ask. We've been talking about Amelia Earhart all week and you brought the biggest smiles to my girls faces.
To our first pilot who let the girls sit in the cockpit. Amazing. I think I was the most excited about it. Sorry about all the buttons they tried to push.
And to one of our last flight attendants who bribed our kids with gummy bears when they didn't want to sit still - you went pro in parenting.
Oh, and to the mom in front of me who had two sets of twins. I still owe you a drink and a pizza. You are my hero.