Asheville to Boston and back... With a toddler... Done! And not too bad actually!
Eva was fine on the very first flight (Asheville to Charlotte), which was only half an hour or so, in fact I really don't think she noticed we were off the ground. The second flight (Charlotte to Boston) was two hours, and that was a leetle bit trickier. Eva was a bit grumpy for the first 20 minutes in the air, but once I could get out of my seat to stand in the aisle and bounce her whilst singing show tunes she soon fell asleep.
The trip to Boston was for Doc C's family reunion and, whilst we were welcome, it was really all about Evalyn Alice - She toddled off the moment we arrived and spent the next 5 hours or so running around the room and visiting all of her aunts, uncles and cousins. She charmed EVERYONE and was soon nicking jewelery, phones, keys, soft toys, food, water and anything else she could get her hands (and teeth) on. Eva also insisted on being picked up by any nice looking young man and snuggled up to all of the girls too. She didn't care if Doc or I were to hand, until she got tired and wanted to be carried around.
We had some time on our hands on Sunday morning, so we went to the New England Aquarium to visit the penguins, seals and fish. It was a solid hit with the Bub-Bub. She spent the entire time running around saying "Look! Look!" or greeting any child of around her size. She loved it. I sort of regret not buying her a large penguin soft toy, but in all honesty I have no clue how I'd have fitted it in our luggage.
Our hotel had a swimming pool, so we took Eva for her first proper dip. She was completely fearless and basically thought she was in the best bath ever. I am going to track down some swimming classes for her, because she adored splashing around and it was really lovely to see.
The re-packing of the luggage was quite a feat. We had just one suitcase between the three of us, and we'd been given a few Christmas gifts and bought a couple of things too (you can't expect me to go to a city with a Lush and not go shopping!) I somehow got everything in our case with one of Eva's new toys in the carry-on - It's a bright green soft toy dog with a programmable voice-box, so he'll sing little songs and talk to Eva about various things. It is simultaneously a marvel of the modern age and a bit creepy, Eva does seem to like it though!