We just returned from an awesome European vacation that involved our 16-month-old surviving 10 plane rides within 2 weeks and us surviving her struggling to survive those 10 plane rides. Some parent friends thought we were insane to attempt such a feat, but our Little D took it in stride.
1) Los Angeles to Chicago
2) Chicago to Stockholm
3) Stockholm to Paris
4) Paris to Nantes, France
5) Nantes to Amsterdam
6) Amsterdam to Stockholm
7) Stockholm to Vaasa, Finland
8) Vaasa to Stockholm
9) Stockholm to Chicago
10) Chicago to Los Angeles
Yeah...We'd be crazy to even pull that off and enjoy it sans
child. It wasn't easy but I'd do it all over again, because during those 24/7 days with my husband and daughter - the most time we've spent together since she first came into this world - I fell even more in love with her and him again. (Maybe not the first 3 days when we wanted to kill each other due to jetlag, but by Nantes, France, most definitely.)
Our secret to keeping our toddler content?
We certainly have to thank tablet-loaded videos of her favorite explorer (need I say who? D-d-d-d-d...), a lot of nursing for comfort, our loved ones in each city who made the trip so memorable and the power of music.
Interestingly enough, most of the music that got us through the trip had a common theme - royalty - which also ties together many places we visited: the Royal Palace in Stockholm, Château des ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) in Nantes and the Finnish city Vaasa, which was named after the Royal House of Vasa.
The music that made our trip:
* "Royals" by Lorde
: Little D likes to sing "royal" and the "oh-oh-ohhhhs"
* Anything Prince
: to dance to!
* "Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen
: She is currently obsessed with the Muppets' video of the song, watching it over and over and over again.
And our friend Stéphane playing guitar each night in France didn't hurt either. We thank you for being the soundtrack to our incredible getaway. It was truly magnificent.
What is your child's magic song?
Today we're giving you the royal treatment with a FREE download of our lullaby rendition of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
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