Baby On Board
Happy Friyay! The weekend is in our midst and I don’t know about you reading this but I couldn’t be more excited. Can’t believe Christmas has come and gone and it’s almost 2019. As many of you may or may not know, we spent the holiday this year in Florida with family. Safe to say it was one of the least stressful and most relaxing but it didn’t start out very promising.
Every mom goes through a million and one thoughts before taking their kids on a flight across country; Am I going to be the mom who doesn’t quite have it all together? Will they enjoy it? Will they have a meltdown in the air? Yep, that was me, running through all the motions, trying to make sure I prepared for every scenario. Felt confident and ready to brave the holiday airport storm and then.. I took a very observant newly one year old boy who could run a marathon in his sleep on a redeye flight at bedtime. Now let me preface this with, I am so very grateful that we got to and from Florida safely and at the end of the day all was well. But to save ya some trouble, this is for those mamas who are looking for tips and tricks for your babes in flight or even those who just need a good laugh. Below are 4 things I took note of this go round’:
Choose flight times based on YOUR baby and their needs/personalities - Every baby is different and only you know your little nugget like you do. When I solo flew with Koa for the first time he was 6 months old and still sleeping a lot, not quite mobile or as curious so he slept both flights and was an angel for me. This time, we took the 7:30 take off time as a win seeing as that was Koas normal bedtime and then landed in Florida at 5:30 because that was around the time he woke up. With the hustle and bustle of the airport and getting settled plus being past bedtime anyway, little man didn’t fall asleep until our second flight from LAX around 10:30 pm. With limited space, he couldn’t get comfortable meaning no sleep for us parents and the 3 hour time difference we were going into, wasn’t on our sides either. Parents that pull an involuntary all nighter are no fun with a sleep deprived babies y’all!- help yourself out and make a decision based on how your little one best operates at their age and their development.
Always bring a change of clothes/shirt in your carry on - I say this one for every mom, whether you’re breastfeeding or not. You never know what you’re in for on flights especially with small children. In our case, all was great until we were 20 minutes to touch down in Florida and our little man projectile vomited all over me, his carrier, the window and everything in between. Despite having only 3 hours of sleep, he was full of joy and probably so relieved to have gotten it out. Covered from my arms down, I spent 20 minutes trying to clean myself up with lemon scented hand wipes from our flight attendant. I got some crazy looks and avoided crowded areas cuz I smelled so bad but all I could think was #momlife #momfail and wheres the coffee? Talk about nightmare, covered in puke AND running on 0 sleep- i’ll think twice before forgetting this ever again.
Always smell milk before feeding it to your child when its been sitting out - I think this one speaks for itself and could be common sense for most but when you are running on 0% and want your kid to sleep, you do what you think will work and don’t think twice. Wouldn’t make the same mistake twice though!!
Don’t beat yourself up if it doesn’t go as planned - It’s so easy especially when you’re flying on a red eye to feel like you’re walking on egg shells because everyone is trying to sleep and you don’t wanna have THAT kid. I’ve come to terms with the fact that kids, especially as young as Koa, when put in high stress situations like flying and airports don’t know whats going on or how to respond. When flying alone or when they don’t have kids, first instinct might be to jump to frustration but what’s easily over looked is.. we definitely didn’t plot to ruin everyones night including our own. Parenting is already stressful enough and having a flight of angry people isn’t necessarily on my bucket list. My friends, you gotta do whatever works and somedays I’m not as lucky at figuring that out as others. Laugh it off, show grace and patience and don’t chalk it up to a loss because quite frankly it can ALWAYS be worse.
*For anyone reading who isn’t parents YET- Can I encourage you to offer a helping hand whenever you’re sitting next to someone who could use one. The weight that was lifted off my shoulders having kind people near me on my flight alone with Koa changed the course of my experience drastically and made me feel understood and valued. It could be you someday, and it takes nothing to be kind.
Hope you got some laughs out of this and took notes on what not to do for your future travel. Never forget to thank God in the good and the not so good. “Even if not, he is still good” Daniel 3:18. Some of the greatest lessons come in the unexpected and if you’re like me, it took a little vomit to teach me that.
With Love, Katelynn xx