We are flying to Mexico in about a week. (Note to potential robbers: Our two vicious dogs and a biker gang will be on guard and we’re going to give our poisonous pet snake free reign of the house.)
Anyway, Colin has been particularly challenging lately. (I plan to write more about that some other time.) We are having him evaluated because we don’t know if it is due to his cocaine exposure in-utero or if he’s just on the extreme end for normal terrible toddler behaviors. In any case, we are very nervous about flying with him. Keep in mind that we are not novices at traveling with young children. We took Noah to Vietnam with us when he was 13-months-old, so when we flew home Noah was 14-months-old and Zoe was 4-months-old. We also flew to Mexico two years ago with Noah and Zoe, and we have flown to Florida twice with all three of them (though Colin was younger and less mobile). Still, Colin has *really* been a handful lately, so Christian and I are both pretty stressed about the flights.
On top of that, I have a pinched nerve which is causing me extreme pain in my lower back and down my left leg. I am incredibly uncomfortable sitting in a regular chair, so an airline seat should be a blast.
I’ve never really wanted to get my kids into video games this early, but desperate times call for desperate measures. I think we need to get some sort of portable gaming system to keep Noah and Zoe occupied. I figure they can play video games while Christian wrestles Colin and I scream and writhe in pain and/or zone out on a mixture of Vicodin and airline cocktails. Sounds like a plan, huh?
Noah and Zoe have played a few games online. Noah likes matching games and Zoe has played a game where she picks clothes and accessories for fairies. What kind of portable gaming system can I get them that is age-appropriate and will keep them occupied on two long plane rides? I’m completely ignorant about these things. I know my cousin’s five-year-old has a Nintendo DS, but I don’t even know what that it. Is that the way to go or is there some other system? What kind of games can I buy?
Help me please!!!!