Thursday, March 1, 2012

What I Learned While Traveling With an Infant

mack asleep in his sling at the airport
  • two arms is not enough. (try carrying a baby in a carseat, a diaper bag, a carry-on bag, and a bag of snacks (because the diaper bag is full of bottles and formula), while dragging a 50lb suitcase with a broken handle. not physically possible, you say? i beg to differ. i also beg for a massage, because i'm still sore!)
  • all pack-n-play's are not created equal. (i borrowed a pack-n-play for mack to sleep in while we were there. it didn't have any instructions and was completely different from the one we have at home. we tried to put it together at midnight...we kept trying till 2am. needless to say, mack slept on a blanket on the floor the entire time.)
  • if someone offers you help, take it! (i have a really hard time accepting help and an even harder time asking for it. so, when we were waiting to board the plane, i had to put together a bottle of formula for the little guy with one hand, while holding and soothing him in the other, i had to swallow my pride and accept the help that was offered by the lady sitting next to me. or...i could just tell myself that i was doing her a favor by giving her the chance to serve her fellow man. yeah, that's what i'll tell myself.) 
  • don't expect to get any time with your baby. (everyone will want to hold him. he will be passed from person to person the entire time you're there, with the exception of when he needs to be changed or fed. yup, you get him for all the dirty work while they reap the rewards. oh, and he will come home spoiled. you'll be trying to cure him of his new-found need to be held constantly for at least a week!)
  • no one on the plane wants to sit by the lady with the baby, and i mean no one! (the plane was full and i was flying solo with mack, so there was an empty seat next to me until the very last person needed to be seated. the flight attendant had to insist that the guy sit next to us. he was anything but happy about it, keeping his arms folded and a scowl on his face the entire flight. he was so sure that mack would be screaming the entire time, which made me laugh to myself, because i knew differently. my sweet little boy slept the entire flight, waking up only once to eat, never making a peep. take that mr. grumpy!)

11 comments:

J.o.s.e.y said...

oooh - i'm flying with stella next friday for the first time. definitely a little nervous!

J.o.s.e.y said...

PS - ADORABLE pic of Mac as well!

Tiffany said...

Brave girl for flying solo! Such a cute picture of Mac!

Stephanie said...

This is something I would have been nervous to do myself, but it sounds like you handled it really well! He looks so peaceful in that picture, love the pouty lips. :)

dspence said...

Girl, I know how you feel. No one eer wants to sit next to me and Little K. When they do finally take the seat, I welcome them, explain that Little K is an expert flier, and proceed to make them forget that traveling next to a child was ever anything but wonderful. Way to go!!

Kayla and Josh said...

hahah i love it!! i didn't know you flew by yourself! i'm so amazed you could carry all of that stuff by yourself! holy heavens that IS a lot! who needs a third or fourth arm? i mean really! haha sorry about the pack n play, those things never make sense! hahah glad you had a fun visit though!

Sarah said...

Because that grumpy dide would have pissed me off so much, I would have like been praying that my baby scream or spit up on him :) Very cute pic of Mack!

SLESE1014 said...

SO worried about flying with Raegan...We are going to New York in June so we have a little time. I'm more concerned about flying with pumped breast milk as Raegan isn't nursing. How does one get through security with that?

Sounds like you did a great job!!! I hope we are as lucky as you with a happy sleeping baby on the flight :)

Love the pic!

Bridget said...

You are SO brave! I would be having an anxiety attack. I'm glad you made it!!

SHILLIG4FAMILY said...

I sat next to a young guy 1 time on a plane with a baby. He was super nice the whole time. I told jake how nice it was that he was not rude to me. Jake laughed and told me he heard him in the bathroom saying to a nother guy how awful it was he had to sit next to a lady with a baby. He was totally faking being a nice guy. My baby didn't cry either. Silly passengers.

Rebecca said...

Yeah, that doesn't sound easy. But, it sounds like it went pretty smoothly in the end. I bet you really wanted to rub it in the guys face, too. I would have!

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