Yesterday was Molly Anne's first flight and she was awesome! There was a lot of planning involved to travel with her by myself but it worked and was pretty easy. It was funny because I told Kevin on Wednesday that I was nervous about flying with her and this is coming from someone who flies almost every week. There are just so many unknowns with an infant so I had to plan carefully.
First up, parking. Well initially Kevin was going to take us but that turned into a mess with a meeting he had so at 6am yesterday I eliminated one of our suitcases so I only had one to roll. I knew I only had so many hands. I also had her diaper bag and my big bag of my purse and important stuff. Those were my two carry ons. That meant I had to check my suitcase and I went ahead and checked her car seat base. I was going to stick that in the gate check bag either stroller but it was one less thing to worry about if I just checked it, so I did. Plus I get free checked bags with my status so it was a no brainer.
Back to parking. I ended up parking in business valet because I knew they would help me with my luggage all the way to the desk if I wanted. My other option was the hourly deck where I could walk right into the terminal. Biz valet is easy and I know everyone over there so it was extra easy.
I had to think about when I got back to Charlotte as well because I will have to get our stuff in baggage claim and be able to get to the business valet bus by myself. Therefore I truly could only roll one suitcase. See I told you I overthought the whole thing!
We cruised through the tsa pre check line with putting her stroller and car seat through the X-ray machine, also our two bags. I carried her through the metal detector. They checked through her diaper bag because I had three bottles of water in there. They just tested the liquid and swiped the bag to be sure all was good. You can bring whatever liquid you want for your baby. To the club we went to see all my friends who work there. They went crazy over her!
The club called to the gate for me to see if they would block a seat for Molly Anne's car seat instead of me holding her the whole time. They made it happen and that was so nice.
We went out to get on the plane and I threw the stroller in one of those big red gate check bags. A couple sweet ladies offered to help me. People are so nice.
On the plane!
The flight attendant couldn't have been nicer. Molly Anne was asleep the instant the plane began moving. I was prepared with a bottle at takeoff to help her ears with the pressure but she didn't care an ounce. She was out!
We got to my parents midday and yesterday we just hung. Molly Anne has a horrible cold, we think. I'm probably going to take her to the doc here this afternoon. She had a 103 fever last night. I was in panic mode but thankful for my parents, the voices of reason. It's like they raised two children or something. Ha!
I'm up here for work so I'm on my way now to meet with a municipality and see a site. Then the snow is coming! I may be here for awhile..!! Worse places to be! ;)
Chat soon friends. Stay safe!