Yesterday, Luna had her first flight! We got up at 3am for a very early flight to Texas to see my parents. In fact, we took two flights to get there, and our little girl was quite the trouper. (Yes, I documented every moment with a poor quality cell phone photo, and yes you are now forced to look at them.)
It takes a lot of planning and some research to figure out what you need to fly with a baby (not much), but Husband and I managed to travel with only 2 carry-ons each, and Luna in a car seat. I think we brought everything we need, but we still have 6 days to go… once we are back in Tennessee I’ll write a post about how to travel and pack with a newborn! I’m sure I’ll have some do’s and don’t’s.
We didn’t purchase her a seat, since babies fly free if you hold them. We carried her through the airport in her car seat and planned to put the car seat away on the flight. Luckily, neither flight was full which means we got to keep her in her car seat and put her in a seat next to us…no holding necessary.
She slept all the way to Dallas and only woke up to eat during our layover. On the second flight we ended up taxi-ing around for almost an hour. After half an hour Luna got restless and started sounding fussy. I decided to pick her up before she started crying, but I must have accidentally hit her on a buckle or something because she went from quiet-baby-fussing to unbearable-ear-splitting-screaming in a millisecond. I don’t think I have ever heard her scream as loud as she screamed the second I picked her up. Too terrified to look around at the passengers who were probably very unhappy, I kept my eyes glued to her and did everything possible to console her.
It took only 2 minutes (which felt like 20) to calm her down. By the time we took off she was perfectly happy and didn’t make one more peep the rest of the flight. Whew.
We landed safely in small town Texas and were picked up by the happiest Grandparents ever. In just one day Luna took two flights, went grocery shopping, played dress up at Grandma’s store and even got to visit a new baby at the hospital. It was such an eventful day that she slept for 8 full hours last night!
We have a busy week in Texas ahead, can’t wait to share more of Luna’s first adventure!