Well my big trip begins on Monday! I've only flown 2 other times in my life. One time was with Abby but she was only 18 months, so she sat on my lap. If anyone has any tips let me know! My DH did work for an airline part time at one point in his life and said to make sure I tell the gate agent I'm pregnant. Apparently you get to board first or sooner. That's a nice little perk.
This time, Abby will have her own seat, so I'm excited about that. We're driving 2 hours to get to the Omaha airport. I'm nervous about the threat of rising water along the Missouri. The airport isn't far from the river. The are releasing 160,000 cubic feet per second from the last damm on the river as of last night. I may have to stop on my way to Walmart today to take a few pics. I have to take an alternate route and drive through Omaha, but it should be fine. I think I'm more nervous about being away from DH for over two weeks. I'll probably try to lurk to keep up with what's going on, but not sure if I'll post much. I'm sure I'll be updating my status on FB as well.
Wow, that was lengthy. I've got nervous energy, so I either talk a lot, or in this case, type really really fast! LOL
You will both have a great time! We traveled with Julian right after he was 4 and he loved it. It was so much more relaxing then before. Also usually you can board right after 1st class since Abby is with you but if they say anything pregnancy works too. Only recommendation is to make sure she uses the bathroom before you get on the plane. It is hard to fit a pregnant belly and a 4 yr old in the bathroom on the plane. I am sure you knew that but it is easy to forget.
Have a great trip! It'll be nice to have your daughter sit in her own seat. Since she's so young and you're pregnant, you should get to board early. But your DH is right - be sure to tell them or they might not give that option! (Some airlines don't if they don't see anyone with small kids, etc)
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They should let you board first since you're traveling with a young child. Take toys and put them in easy to reach spots in your bags. And stick a few toys in each carry on you have. That's where we messed up. All DD's toys were in our bigger carry on and it had to go on the outboard overhead and we were sitting in the middle 3 seats, so to get her toys out we would have had to pretty much knock some random person out.
If she sits better in the regular seat instead of a car seat then you can ask a flight attendant to gate check the car seat for you.
Get to the airport just STUPID early. I like to get there 3 hrs early at a minimum.
Take several sets of extra clothes for both of you. Potty training might go out the window on the airplane
DD played with the iPad mostly but we took stickers, crayons, silly putty, hot wheels, etc.
Melodie is 33 months and we travelled cross country (2 planes each time) 14, yes, 14 times for a total of 56 flights! My number one top for you is to get a zippy cup!!!! If theplane bounces you'll have juice or water everywhere! Make it seem special, a treat and you shouldn't get any complaints. Also bring your own over ear headphones. They now only sell or supply earbud typescwhich aren't ideal for little ones. You'll be happy yo know that most airplanes now have individual tvs at each seat! Also bring snacks unless you want to pay an arm and s leg. Nothing free anymore.
As for pre boarding, do you reasly want to be on that plane extrA long?? We are always the last to board! It can cut the monotony by up to half an hour!!!
Mélodie: Sept. 27, 2008
Maya: October 26, 2011
ahhh you can do it......the last time my EX was stationed in Germany I made 7 trips by myself with all 4 older kids from FRANKFURT GERMANY to DFW.......the first time was with two 4 yr olds, a 3 yr old and a 4 month old......
Amanda~mommy to Kodey & Kaleb 4/29/99,Cameron 4/30/00,Cheyann 10/14/03, Cole 11/16/07, and Alli 09/30/11
thanks for all the great advice thus far. Good point about being on the plane longer if I board early. Didn't think about that...and yeah, was planning on being there 3 hours early.
Amanda - how's the DFW airport? I looked it up and seems pretty easy to get around. I made it through Atlanta with an 18 month old last time, so I think DFW will be fine. That's our one stop.
Keep in mind too, when deciding whether to board early or last... if you board early, you can stick your carry on bags right where your seat is. If you board last you have to take what's left of baggage space and you may have to gate check a bag that you intended to carry on. I saw SEVERAL people around us who were later getting on the airplane have to gate check because they couldn't find a spot to stick their bag.