Traveling with small children is a nightmare even celebs don’t escape
Newsflash: traveling with small children is a nightmare. I know, it seems like being trapped in a chair for four hours with a small person who can’t sit still, hates sleep, and prefers to talk so loudly that the pilot isn’t left out of the conversation, would be a delight. But it’s not. And Hayden Panettiere just posted a photo from a recent flight that puts another check mark into the old “Traveling With Kids: Cons” column.
This weekend, the adorable Ms. Panettiere (yes, we know she’s a grown woman, but come on — that’s an adorable human being) posted a photo to her Twitter account that made every parent in America say, “Yup.” It’s a photo of her and her two-year-old daughter Kaya in an airplane bathroom, cleaning urine off the floor. “Aaaand then ur daughter pees on the floor of the airplane bathroom,” wrote Panettiere, who has a look on her face that says, “Look at my life. This is happening.”
It’s a familiar situation for parents: you spend so much of your life trying to stay out of embarrassing situations and trying to look like you’ve got it together, and then you have kids, and you find yourself holding your hands under someone’s mouth and praying they will vomit into them and not on the restaurant carpet. Did Hayden ever imagine she would be on the floor of an airplane bathroom — the rug under which everything disgusting is swept, the tupperware into which life’s heinous leftovers are sealed, the bouillabasse of bodily fluids — using her bare hands and some drink napkins to clean up her child’s urine? We’re guessing no. Is she shocked to find herself here? Not a bit. As the mother of a two-year-old, she’s most likely resigned herself to the fact that for the next few years her life is going to be round after round of the game “What’s Grosser Than Gross?”
She did try to put a positive spin on it, though, writing, “But look at that baby girl helping momma clean!” Because parents are the only people who are proud of someone who helps clean up their own urine. No one else gets credit for that. Damn kids. But Hayden shows that it’s best to have a sense of humor about this kind of unfortunate event:
Hang in there, Hayden. We hope you packed Wet Wipes.
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