After all of the anticipation, it's over...and we survived! What was I so nervous about? Honestly, I thought she would scream the entire flight. Thankfully, that was not the case at all. She wasn't great, but she was good. I'll take it! Overall she was better on the way there. She took two short 20 minute naps on my shoulder. Towards the end of the flight she was fidgety and got a little whiney, but nothing major. At least we got this cute photo sesh in!
Not going to lie, on the way home there was some screaming. Our only saving grace was the fact that the plane was barely half full. Stephen had to stand with her a few times. One of the flight attendants walked her up and down the aisle. Obviously everyone loved her. Between her cute face and our "I'm sorry" bags....how could you be annoyed?!
I'd still say our first time flying as a family of three was a success. Next time I won't be nearly as anxious. Although I'm not exactly chomping at the bit to do it again in the immediate future, I'm happy to know next time will be more relaxed.
Leading up to the trip I did a ton of research on flying with babies. Here are a few tips that I found most useful...
1. Give baby a bottle (or nurse) on take off and landing. It helps with the ear popping (and kills some time if you use a slower nipple).
2. Be careful not to overpack! Keep the load light...necessities only in the carry on! This made it easier to grab the things we needed. I HATE digging around and searching for stuff (especially when time is of the essence).
3. Bring one favorite toy, one new toy and a book.
4. Try to time your flight around nap time if possible. This could be why the flight home was almost a disaster.
More details on our trip coming soon!