>> Thursday, July 8, 2010
Flying to St. Louis with Jackson was better than I anticipated it to be. Like I said, he is one busy boy. Jackson loves to cuddle, but good luck getting him to sit on your lap and be still! I packed Benadryl, but never had to use it.
I booked our flights so that take off was right around nap time. This would have worked out perfectly, except for the fact that we couldn't fly direct. Oh the joys of living in a small city! Jackson nursed during take off and slept soundly on the first leg of our trip coming and going. This was a great little power nap for him, which meant that sleeping on the next leg was.not.going.to.happen. And of course, our first flight was the shorter of the two flights.
Thankfully, we had lots of toys, snacks, and Loli & Pop to help keep him entertained. We used our Backpack diaper bag from Pottery Barn Kids for the first time and it was awesome. Being able to wear the backpack and chase Jackson through the airport terminals and lug him around was great. If you're going to be flying with a little one, this is the way to go!
Going through security was completely different here then it was in St. Louis. When we left here, I told security that I had a jar of baby food and a sippy cup with water. No big deal. They didn't even go through my bag. We walked through with a breeze, and were sitting at the gate an hour before the plane boarded. We wanted to be sure and allow plenty of time for security, which wasn't needed.
Since going through security was so easy coming, I decided to bring home all the extra food my sister had for Jackson. Mistake. It ALL had to be checked. Even his sippy cup was litmus tested. Jackson's shoes had to come off. And he had to walk through the check point screening machine. I'm not complaining at all, anything to keep us safe! I'm just saying that all of that wasn't worth bringing home a couple of dollars worth of baby food.
Boarding the plane and flying was pretty easy, I really shouldn't complain. Jackson didn't have an issue with his ears popping at all. I made sure to nurse him during take off. However, I wasn't able to nurse during the decent. He was either sound asleep or way too busy to slow down to nurse. Puffs and cookies did the trick though.
Overall, I'd say that this trip was a success, and it sure beat riding 12 hours in the car. I have my 10-year reunion back in St. Louis this fall...and I'm really tempted to fly!