Well, hello there…
How are you all today? So, finally I have shoved up my laziness and back to writing desk with our first family travel-log. Oh boy, I am excited to share it all with you. We had to rush to Australia for some business purposes and we had very little time to sort it all; as we had a deadline. So we booked our flights within next two days, of course with emirates.
I was sceptical of being in air for almost 14 hours bub, as it was her first flight. Plus we had a lot of hiccups which needed to be sort. Anyways, the day arrived and of course we were excited but worried too, because :
- Flight was over booked, so no bassinet seats. (and I specially went on a plane tour to see why it was not available, and there was a family of “grownup kids” enjoying their more leg room)
- because of last minute booking we (I and hubby) were not even on the same seating lane. Yes, that’s true he was seated behind me. We did ask the crew, supervisor and the gentle men who could have easily help us but let me tell you “I was disappointed over and over again and as much as I always look forward to fly with emirates – this whole experience made me regret my decision”. It was horrendous.
- As you all know. nursing can be challenging when you have a squeezed room and your right left is filled with strangers. I did ask the crew member to at least make me sit somewhere for just 10 mins so I can feed my bub nicely. But they were NO HELP.
But let me tell you one thing, my bub is the best Allhumdulilah, in-spite of having so many difficulties she supported her parents in every possible way. She is a good kid.
How did we manage a long haul flight, you ask me?
It was a long flight, oh it definitely was. But was I prepared? Definitely – mentally prepared. I knew deep down my bub is going to OK but I also told myself her crying is OK too after all she is just a 4 month old baby. Here are few tips that helped me through a long-haul flight:
- Do your research, lots of research of tips and advice.
- It’s OK if your baby cries, because thats what babies do. Don’t feel bad or get frustrated.
- My soon to be sister-in-law Erika gave me some amazing tips on how to manage little bub while take off and landing. (The tips came in very handy.) It is best if your baby is sleeping while takeoff and landing but if not you can give your baby something which he/she can suck on. Pacifier, a feeder? My bub doesn’t do any of them, so I nursed her. And if it is difficult for you to nurse then, simply give her water, not not a whole galss – just keep rubbing water droplets on bub’s mouth.
- An extremely supportive husband. Yes my hubby is a blessing. He was there for us all along. Not even a single frown. Life is definitely easy when you have a strong support system.
- Wear comfortable clothing. Specially make your bub wear something he/she should be extremely comfortable in. Because changing room in flight can be tricky, so you need to be fast. I opted for this yellow mellow Juicy Couture signature jumper.
- Bring in stroller, baby carrier to ease out your way on the airport.
This is how team works, yes we made it through the hiccups and 14 hour long flight. We were exhausted but then having each other in a beautiful country like Australia is totally worth it.
I would love to know your survival tips, how did you manage your first flight with bub? How was your experience, write to me and I will put it up for others to learn more.
So I am signing off for now, as it’s late. Stay Tuned for our DAY TO DAY fun.
The Digital Family xx