We Survived! (an update on Flying Alone)

I have so much to update you all on and so little time to do it in because I need to work on mini me papers today.  So this will be short (gosh, and I need to give updates on Abby’s 1 Year Photo Shoot; my gorgeous sister-in-law’s baby shower; the wedding we went to this weekend; and a few other things…ahhh!).

Anyway, Abigail and I made it down to LA in one piece (well, I guess two pieces since there are two of us, but you know what I mean).  My wonderful parents took us to the airport, I was able to check everything except Abby (ha) and her diaper bag when I checked in, and we flew through security (note to Moms who haven’t traveled much with their little ones…bring your baby carrier!  You don’t have to take it off when you walk through security so it makes the whole process faster and easier.  All that’s required of you is a quick bomb test…yes, a bomb test.  They swipe your hands with this little paper-like thing and check it for bomb making materials??  Something like that.  Honestly, using a baby carrier is amazing when you travel! I highly recommend it).  That was a long-winded tip.

Here’s what we looked like pre-bag-check:

all ready to go!

The flight itself was great.  We totally lucked out and had an empty seat next to us (not to mention the nicest Dad sitting in the aisle seat who kept Abby entertained for a while…it was adorable).  Abigail was, of course, extremely wiggly but the flight was only an hour so it was relatively easy.

on the plane with my buddy

We looked out the window (Abby checked every 5 minutes to make sure the wing was still there). We played on Mommy’s iPad. We “read” the magazines provided by the airline. We ate some snacks. And then we landed!

All in all, it was smooth sailing.  A 1 hour flight was the perfect length for a trial run.  It’s the 4.5 hour flight to Atlanta in May that makes me a little nervous but I’m not going to focus on that right now.

Most importantly, we survived!  I’m here to say, “You can do it!” if you’re thinking or planning on traveling alone with your kid(s) and you’re feeling a little nervous about it.

I must say I’m quite proud of myself. I rely on Travis so much when we travel (he’s the one who carries our boarding passes and my ID; he rents the car; he checks into the hotel; he keeps Abby entertained; etc).  And while I definitely relied on him on the way back to San Francisco, I felt empowered knowing that I really can do it on my own (only when completely necessary, of course!  There’s nothing wrong with relying on your hubby!!!).

Anyway, here are some pics from our travels…more to come when I write other posts!

Have a great week,

7x7xMommy

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6 Responses

  1. Elena says:

    Abby is adorable and good for you for making it on your own! I bet it was fun!

    • 7x7xMommy says:

      awww, thanks Elena! 🙂 I was definitely proud of myself!! And yes, it was a ton of fun – I’d definitely do it again! Hope you’re loving every minute with your little sweetheart!!!

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