12 February 2007

Help!

This Saturday, GH and I leave to go spend a week in Oregon with my family. I can't wait to be there, but I'm dreading getting there. We've flown twice before with the twins, but shorter flights and no time zone changes.

I feel like we've got the logistics of non-crawling twin travel down pretty well, so while I'm sure that Saturday won't be a fun day, I feel like we know what to bring on the plane, how to handle diaper changes and feeding, and all that. What I'm worried about is getting the kids adjusted to west coast time. Does anyone out there have any tips for me? We leave Boston on a 9:30 a.m. flight and get to Oregon at 2:45 p.m. Oregon time. I'm hoping that the babies will take a nap when we get there and that we can cajole them into staying up until their regular bedtime of 7:00. I think that will OK but I'm concerned that they will try to get up at 6:30 a.m. Boston time, meaning 3:30 a.m. Oregon time. I guess we'll just deal with that if it happens . . .

Anyway, tips for helping kids adjust to shifts in time zone would be welcome.

As an aside, my mom and stepdad have offered to be on twin duty for a night while we're there to allow GH and I to go spend a night ALONE on the Oregon coast. Woo-woo! We're so there. We went to a grown-up Valentine's Day party this past Saturday night and it was such a treat. I can't imagine what a whole night away will be like. Wait, yes, I can imagine, and it will be awesome. I know we'll miss the twins, but they couldn't be in better hands and GH and I really, really need the time to ourselves.

7 comments:

soralis said...

Hope you get that night out!!

We did the cross country 'thing' last June. We had a 3 hour difference. We were going in the 'other' direction though. We just kept the boys on our time. It made it easier when we came home and it worked out when we were away too. Good luck!!!

DoctorMama said...

We went 3 hours in that direction when my son was about 9 months old, and we tried to keep him on the old schedule, since he already stayed up pretty late. It sort of worked, though there was a inevitable slide toward the new time zone. If you do try to shift them, you'll probably only be able to do it about an hour a day or so.

kim said...

This was a topic on one of my local mommy boards recently. Several moms suggested moving the bedtime/waketime routine by 15 or so minutes each day pre-trip to ease the time change. We haven't taken such a big vacation with Em yet, so I can't vouch for this myself. Hope you have a wonderful, refreshing time out there!

Angela said...

I didn't have the opportunity to travel with my two when they were that little, so I'm sorry but I don't have any good advice, I will just be sending good thoughts your way. I really hope you and your husband are able to get away for a night, I do know that it will feel amazing and you will feel rejuvenated, have a great time!

lct said...

Yay! A night on the coast for the two of you sounds great. Enjoy! And say hi to your family for me.

OTR sister said...

We flew West when our girl was 6 months old and she actually never adjusted to the time change, no matter what time we put her to bed. We went on a lot of 4 a.m. walks.

I hope it works better for you. Have a great trip and a lovely night out!

Lisa said...

I don't have any good advice as my kids have yet to venture out of this time zone. But just wanted to say good luck with your trip and a night alone on the Oregon coast with Hubby sounds great.

If you want to look me up, let me know... I'd be happy to meet you. However, I totally understand if time is limited with GH and family so no worries if it can't be fitted in. Have a great trip!!