It seems that Garrett understands that this post is about him because he's currently crawling on me so he can see what I am writing.
I don't celebrate Christmas. My husband isn't religious so he's fine with just celebrating Chanukkah. We usually go to his folks for Christmas but this year he had the holiday week off so we went to see my mother in North Carolina. I saw so many of my friends talking about their children and Christmas and how absolutely overwhelmed they got. The ton of presents under the tree, sitting down and tearing the paper off them all, I am left to wonder if the reason this seems like a strange phenomena to me is because I never experienced it.
Maybe it's the difference of getting one small present at a time instead of all at once that keeps kids from getting overloaded? I don't know. Luckily my in-laws do 1 gift per person so I know Garrett won't get overwhelmed with a ton of new things.
Garrett was 4 months old the first time he flew. He's been on about 8-10 flights (I lost count) and is wonderful on the plane. Either he sleeps or he sits on our laps and we play with him. He's used to flying with just me but having my husband there to help made it so much easier.
One of us was always with the luggage while the other was chasing Garrett around. He's friendly and walked around saying "hi" to everyone. We were never more then a foot behind him and he got to get out all that excess energy before the flight. I had someone tell me afterward that they'd never let their child do that. They must not have a mobile toddler.
The only incident we had was with one woman who Garrett walked up to and said hello. She put her foot over her bag so I grabbed him to move him away. I was in the process of pulling him back when she picked up her foot and put it in his face and pushed him away telling me "control your damned kid"
I was in shock and shortly after we boarded our plane. Several other people came up to me and apologized for her behavior.
Truth was Garrett was smiley and happy and didn't scream in the airport or on the flight.
All in all we had a wonderful visit and Garrett really enjoyed himself.