This week, Eli and I went on an adventure to Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta. We are currently half way through our journey to visit family in Iowa. Our first flight as a party of two (and seat buddies) went really well. Here are a few things I learned.
Take advantage of the short lane– Most large airports have lane in the security area specifically for strollers and wheelchairs If the lines are long you will love getting to hop to the front, even if you get some dirty looks in the process. They probably won’t be the last
Choose an aisle seat– I found that sitting in the aisle seat gave me the opportunity to overflow into the aisle when necessary, like when rooting through the toy bag for something to entertain the kiddo. If I had been stuck in the middle or window seat, I would have been bumping into the person next to me.
Solicit help– A very nice lady offered to watch my stuff while I followed Eli around the gate area, so when it came time to take him to the bathroom for one last diaper change before the flight, I asked if she would keep an eye on our things. It was so much nicer than having to schlep all of our gear to the bathroom and back.
Be prepared to distract, distract, distract– During the flight I tickled, sang songs, took a trip to the bathroom, read books, clapped, counted,and colored. My arms were aching from shifting Eli around for 2+ hours, but the gals in front of us said they didn’t even know we were there. I consider that success! Now, if the flight had been any longer, it would be a different story.
Smile a lot– When all else fails, smile! This too shall pass.