The Adventures of Gino-Baby

My son is a tad on the large side. He will be two in a few weeks but is close in size to most three year old boys. Yep, he's almost an entire year larger. Due to his size, he knows what jumping is but can't leave the ground. Poor thing really tries too. It has taken him quite some time to learn how to climb on things because he needs some upper body strength to lift all that body around. The doctor said, "Well, at least he's proportional". Thanks, Doc...So I have a gino-baby. As in, ginormous. As in, he's still my baby but he's a giant. As in, I totally have a left Popeye arm from toting this kid around. So here's where Gino-Baby's adventure begins. My brother and his wife life in Arizona. One day, my bro was searching for flights and found one for $150 ROUND TRIP! That's a fricken steal when you fly out of Fargo! Plus, since Gino-Baby wasn't two yet, it would be the last time he could fly free without us having to purchase him his own seat. We had to take advantage of this deal. Yes, it was not only crazy that he was considered a "lap child" but also crazy that I felt the need to travel alone with a toddler. #getyourheadexamined

Oh good, my carryon will fit.

My son did really well waiting for the plane. He climbed all over chairs and in and out of the carry on measurer. Of course as we were waiting to board, he pauses from his giddy, running around, and says "Mommy, pooping." Lovely. We had to make a dash for the bathrooms to get his diaper changed before we hopped on the plane. At least it was done before we boarded...

We were assigned the window seat. It was nice to have the window so he could see out and watch us take off. It was also nice to be crammed in there because then there was no escape. And even though we flew over nap time, the child refused to cuddle in and take a nap. However, he did great. There was a little boy in front of us so they played peek through the seats for a bit. We watched Frozen on the iPad. We snacked. It was really a little boy's dream come true. I mean, mommy was sweating her tail off, but it's the price you pay. This isn't that bad, right?

The next day we were off to Out of Africa, a zoo-like place where you can feed giraffes! It was pretty neat but it was hard to take good video, feed the giraffe, and hold Gino-Baby. Click here to see my short clip! It amazes me how much my Gino-Baby loves animals. He wasn't scared one bit. I mean let's face it. The changing table at this place was much scarier than the wild animals! I think we better start potty training...

Seriously, this poor kid!! He can't help it that he's a Gino-Baby. We not only encountered this changing table but the one at the airport on the way home could barely hold his weight! It was long enough but I had to keep it propped up with my leg to make sure it didn't collapse! Obviously, there was no picture of that one because I was worried it would fall. Oof...

The flight home had a Gino-Baby who was a little more restless than the way there. It may have been the combination of being off schedule and the chocolate donuts I was feeding him. Again, we had a full plane so there was no luck in getting a spare seat. He had one little spaz attack that made me get nervous that he'd scream the rest of the trip but he did fall asleep the last 20 minutes of the flight. The drool on my arm was totally worth it. I was running out of ideas by that time. Gino-Baby really did have quite the adventure! Treat for my little trooper.