Baby's First Flight

Sona Charaipotra

Flickr photo by Kossy@FINEDAYS
In the three months since I had Kavi, I feel like I'm finally starting to get the whole baby thing down. But tomorrow, my husband and I are taking her on her first plane ride -- a nine-hour trip cross-country to visit her grandparents in sunny California.

So, naturally, this brings up a whole new set of stressors.

First, there's the flight itself. We're going to be on a plane full of germ-y strangers. Ew. Plus, Kavi's surprisingly well-behaved for a 3-month-old, but she has her occasional crank-fests. I hope she doesn't have too many on the flight. But here's the real thing that's got me worried: Since I work from home, so far I haven't had to nurse her in public. Obviously, given the length of the trip and the lack of milk storage options, plus the new environment, eventually Kavi's going to need to nurse. Call me modest, but this has me stressed out.

Then there's the whole new environment thing. Kavi seems to be a people-person, so I'm sure she'll get along grandly with her grandparents. And they've already been prepping for her arrival with her very own West Coast car seat, stroller, crib, and bouncer. But California is three hours behind us East Coasters, and she's just getting into sleeping through the night. Except her night generally begins at 6 or 7 p.m., which means she'll likely be sleeping through the afternoon in California -- and waking up just about when it's time for the rest of us to go to bed. Lovely. We're going to have to re-establish her routine, only to have it blown to smithereens again once we head back to the East Coast.

Oh well, I guess when it's all said and done, all we'll remember is the precious moments Kavi got to spend hanging out in the sunshine with her Dadi-Ma in that massive garden, meeting our West Coast puppy Moti for the first time, and playing with her soon-to-be BFF, cousin Seerit.

Anyway, wish me luck.

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