I’m sure if you’re reading this you are also my friend on Facebook and have seen all the pictures, but I wanted to go ahead and document our trip so we don’t forget all the fun things we did. This’ll be divided up into several entries. Enjoy!

We left to fly to Saudi Arabia December 15. Calder’s mom borrowed a suburban and picked us up at our house early that morning. We had me and Calder, two kids, three suitcases, one carry-on, one backpack, one diaper bag, two strollers, two carseats, and Piper’s little backpack. We had it loaded up on two luggage carts that were very heavy and hard to turn, and the carseats kept falling off. At one point we were trying to turn the cart to get into the check-in line and it fell over – almost crushing poor Rhett baby in the stroller next to it!

When we were checking in they asked if we wanted to bring Piper’s carseat for her to sit in on the plane. YES! I didn’t even know that was an option, and it was sure a pain to carry it through the airport but it was worth every bit of effort because she knows that when she’s in her carseat she has to stay put. Just putting her in the airplane seat would have been a disaster.

I don’t remember much else of the airport leaving or the flight to DC other than Piper kept kicking the seat in front of her because the carseat put her at the perfect height for that.

(I did take some pictures on the plane with my phone, maybe I’ll try to upload later)

In DC we had like a 3 hour layover, perfect to find our gate, eat lunch, change diapers, and get on the plane.

The flight from DC to Kuwait city was 12ish hours and I was dreading it. I have to say, first, that it went way better than I could have ever expected. Piper colored, watched movies (Toy Story, The Lion King), played with Dora the Explorer Bandaids, made jewelry with blue painters tape, played with a stringing game, and lots lots more! Our seats were the second from the back in the middle aisle and we put Piper in the middle of us. She fell asleep before they served dinner (which was fine since they somehow didn’t get our request for a kids meal) and slept until morning (or whatever). She did wake up every hour or so and cry for a few minutes so nobody else got much sleep.

Rhett was actually harder on the plane than Piper. He’s going through a not wanting to nurse thing so my plans to just nurse him to sleep didn’t work out as planned. We were constantly washing and making bottles for him to not want to eat them. He was a little fussy sometimes but he really didn’t ever cry. He didn’t sleep much either.

Sometime in the beginning of the long flight Piper peed through her last pair of spare pants (we had 3) so she went in a diaper most of the time. Maybe we saved one pair for when we got off the plane.

In Kuwait we had to get off the plane, get all our stuff off the plane, and sit in a little waiting room. It was only supposed to be 30 minutes but there was some delay with paperwork and it was more like 2 hours. And that was the worst part of the whole trip because Piper was WILD!

Finally we left and after a short flight arrived in Bahrain where we had to walk down the stairs outside the plane with our two kids, carseat, carry-on, backpack, diaper bag, plus whatever else. I think someone else carried Rhett. When we got down we didn’t see the strollers that we had gate checked so we proceeded towards baggage claim hoping for the best. By the time we got to baggage claim everyone else had gotten their bags and left (that’s about how long it took us to get our crap off the plane) so we took our time changing diapers, going to the bathroom, loading up our luggage on cars and were relieved that it was all there.

We got out and met my dad (only then did I find out that we had been delayed a few hours) and the rest is another post!

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