After two weeks of travel, we head home to Seattle tomorrow. We have a brutal five hour car ride back to Atlanta, followed by four hours on a cross-country flight. Needless to say, it’s going to be a LONG day. The trip out wasn’t bad, but we didn’t do the drive and the flight on the same day, which obviously helped.
Cullen has flown a lot in his life. People often joke with us that at seventeen months, Cullen has traveled more than most adults. Some flights have gone better than others, but for the most part they have all gone pretty well. While I try to avoid an over-abundance of technology in Cullen’s life back home, I am happy to break the rules for travel. Cullen absolutely loves his iPad, and it makes traveling unbelievably easier.
On our flight down to Atlanta, Cullen really wanted to play with the iPad, but he seemed frustrated by the lack of volume. Obviously I wasn’t going to turn the sound on due to our close proximity to the passengers around us, but I knew Cullen would be much happier with some audio. We had a small pair of earbuds in our bag that we tried using on him, but he didn’t like having something stuck in his ears.
When we got to Hilton Head, we discovered that my sister brought this awesome little pair of kids’ headphone with her (for my nephew). We tried them out on Cullen and it was a big success. He didn’t mess with them or try to pull them off, and he seemed to actually like having the audio all to himself. Of course, we were careful to make sure the volume was down pretty low, so we don’t blow out his little eardrums.
Our mission tomorrow is to find a similar pair at the airport. Now that we know Cullen likes the traditional headphone style, I think it could make our painfully long flight go much more smoothly. Here’s hoping the Atlanta airport has something that will work!