An Atlanta Christmas 2016
hi guys, lets just start off by saying that I am still alive after traveling via airplane with a toddler alone.
Koko and I spent a week in Atlanta and the trip was good with a few setbacks but nothing major. On the way to the airport, Koko had a full meltdown because my phi mu sister was sitting in the back with her as I drove. With a quick change in seating we were back in action. Arriving to the airport everything was okay (my luggage was actually under 50 pounds, which never happens). Getting through security was another story. They tested my hands and found explosive materials (i think it was because I stayed at my best friend' house and he works at a gun range). During the mandatory pat-down Khloe lost her shit because the officer was touching me too long but afterwards we were off again (love that she's protective of me).
At the gate, I got a coffee and salad then checked Koko's diaper bag after putting the essentials in my purse. We boarded before everyone else because Koko was the youngest passenger and they knew I was alone. Despite this fact, Koko did better than any other kid. She slept through the whole 3 hour fight with no issues at all.
While being at my aunt's I realized one major thing, I need a car of my own at all times. I'm so used to being able to go when and where I want. I am typically busy so sitting in the house (not counting sleeping) for too long annoys me. This plus the fact that I require coffee and other essentials for Koko damn near drove me crazy.
The first outing that we took was a disaster. I knew it wasnt the best idea but being in the house without any caffeine was too much already.
Fun fact about me: I don't like malls especially during the holidays.
This coupled with the fact that I had a sleepy toddler was not okay. The mall gave me so much anxiety (I could barely breathe at one point) and made me angry because of her whining. While my aunt finished shopping, Koko and I napped in the car.
Outside of this, Koko was attached to me at the hip beacuase everyone else is a stranger coupled with the fact that she is in a new place made her only want me. Sometimes it pissed me off that I couldn't have space but I know why she wasn't okay so I dealt with my emotions in the best way I could.
Christmas itself was great. I got a perfect tote bag to handle next semester with style and ease from my Aunt that knows me so well. I ate so much food, drank some New Orleans Eggnog Daiquiri out of the container (I'm still a hot mess college girl at heart) and saw people I haven't in years. Khloe even warmed up enough that I didn't have to hold her the entire time. As long as I was in the room and she could see me, she was played with everyone. My family are party starters so we were having dancing like crazy and enjoying each others company.
Overall, it was a good trip. I even found time to finish reading Yes, Please. I love that she finally warmed up enough so that we could enjoy ourselves. I know that we will be back but I know for sure I need to have enough money to explore with city with a rental car. Being an adult has made me value my freedom. Also, Koko will be older and can understand that she is safe with her family.