I am getting ready to travel back to Japan with my two boys. Justin is 25 months and Ryan is 7 weeks. My mom is going with me, which is a HUGE help. Traveling with Justin can be hard enough! I have read some helpful hints about making traveling less stressful. My favorite tip is to get a flight that is during your child's nap time so he will sleep through the trip. So it takes me an hour to get to the airport, I need to get there an hour early, the first flight is an hour, I have a couple of hour layover, the next flight is nine hours, figure another hour to get luggage and move through customs, another hour to get home. Obviously neither of my kids will sleep that whole time. Even for a "short" flight how would you manage it. That is a ridiculous suggestion.
I am SO not looking forward to this trip. I hate lugging a carseat (or two), a stroller, a diaper bag, a carry-on, and two boys. I don't know which is harder, the one who can't even sit on his own or the one who will alternately run and fling his body on the floor. I will have some baby formula too, which is fun to pull out for security. Sigh. At least I don't have to go through Seattle this time. I had the WORST experience going through customs and re-entering security. The TSA people were rude, impatient, and the opposite of helpful.