For weeks, Shnook has been asking about our Vermont departure. Every day it’s:
“Are we going on an airplane today?”
“No, not today, in one week.”
This conversation repeats at least nine times a day, and then alters slightly (subtracting a day, of course).
He needs to know exactly what is going on at all times..
“First we drive to Grandma and Poppa’s, then we sleep at their house, then we go on an airplane to Ka-fawn-jah”
Then we threw him a curve ball by changing the plan.
Initially we were supposed to close down the house, then drive to New York City and stay with my family for a night. Then, take our flight in the early evening back to Los Angeles. So it was: drive down to grandma and poppa’s, sleep there, take an airplane the next day.
We (grossly) underestimated the amount of time it would take us to close down our house, so we ended up spending an extra night in Vermont.
For a three-year-old, this is confusing. Luckily, we still did make it to G&P’s house, so just the timing was slightly off. The other thing that screwed up was that because we left so late, he fell asleep before we got to the ferry, one of the highlights (the only highlight) of our long drive to New York City. Luckily, he took it in stride, which is not always the case. Perhaps (oh please oh please) we are moving into a new phase?
How does your toddler fare when you change course?
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