The first airplane ride!
I didn’t bring a stroller with, and only had the Ergo and my mom as alternatives to my arms. David definitely prefers to be held than to be in a contraption of any kind.
He did absolutely fantastic while we were waiting to board the plane. My mom walked him up and down the halls, beaming with grandmother pride.
Once we boarded the plane, we got settled into our seats and then my mom went and stood near the back of the plane just to keep him moving.
A few other passengers motioned to my empty seats asking if they were available. I told them I was saving them and after an annoyed look, then would continue to work their way back in the plane.
If they only knew I was doing them the favor.
“Trust me. You don’t want to sit here.”
As my mom emerged from the back of the plane and sat down next to me, baby in arms, I could hear the sighs of relief coming from the poor souls who inquired about my neighboring seat.
During the ascent, I fed David a bottle. Shortly afterwards, the combination of the full belly, the white noise from the plane, and being in my arms made him fall fast asleep. He slept the entire flight, which was about an hour and a half. During the descent, I stuck a paci in his mouth to encourage him to suck in order to prevent his ears from popping. This was the same concept for the ascent as well.
We got off the plane and as we walked to get our bags, he was sleeping contently in the Ergo.
My dad was waiting for us at baggage claim and swiftly scooped David up from the Ergo so he could hold him.
Overall, the flight was an absolute breeze. It was hugely helpful to have my mom with me. Flying with just David will be a little bit of a different experience, but I’m feeling even more confident that I can do it!
One of the reasons why I didn’t mention this trip on my blog, nor on social media, was to keep it a secret from my aunt Vicki. My mom set up a lunch date with her on Monday and my aunt assumed it was just with her. After they had say down at the table, my sister and I snuck up from behind and I pushed the stroller right in front of their table.
As soon as she saw us she jumped up with excitement and gave me a big hug. She hugged my sister, and then got her hands on David, not letting go until she had to return to work. The surprise was a total success and it was great to see her!
I got to see Kacia, who was in town visiting her sister. I spent some time with my brother and saw a few friends too!
I don’t fly back until tomorrow. And I’m doing this flight by myself! If you see me wandering around the airport, looking a little frazzled, please come up and say hi.