In something like 44 hours, we'll be stepping off a plane and into the balmy, crisp San Francisco air. While *that* moment will be rewarding and relaxing (well, at least it will be three plus hours later when we finally arrive at our destination - I could only wish we lived in San Francisco as opposed to the middle of NOWHERE), the preceding 40ish could very well be hell.
I've never flown with a little one, seeing as how this will be A's first plane ride and all my nanny traveling was with self-sufficient(ish) seven-year-olds and (*major gasp*) on a private jet. Yeah, you read that right. More on my badass pre-baby life one of these days...
Anyhow, this will be my first time on a plane with a baby. Prior to this, I've taken about a trillion flights (one a week at least for over a year while I worked in NYC - again, more on that later if you'd be interested in hearing about it...) and, as much as it pains me to say it now since karma may very well be a bitch, I was always that annoyed New Yorker resenting the presence of your baby in the seat ahead of me. Damn it.
I'll freely admit that I'm not all that concerned about A. I have the world's biggest advantage (boobies with milk!), so that should keep her calm. I'm more concerned with the horror D is experiencing even imagining me having to nurse in public. He's such a guy. Anyhow, I'm gonna bit the bullet and do it, and have been practicing here and there at the odd social function, including our outing to the Central Market playscape this morning. No one has given me judgmental stares or harsh words yet, so I'll take that as a good sign.
As far as packing goes, it's coming along well. We're only going to be gone for four days, seeing as how that's all I can take of being stranded on a mountainside with my nearest and dearest, so we don't need *too* much stuff. Add that to the fact that we'll be staying with my aunt who has a two-year-old (and therefore a stroller, high chair, etc.) and we're well on our way to not paying baggage fees - score!
Any suggestions for things we should carry on the plane? I am not much of an overpacker, believe it or not, so my diaper bag will be carrying essentials only - a few toys, books, diapers, wipes, changes of clothes, nursing cover, wallet, meds.
Why meds? Besides the obvious precautionary reasons, A was up half the night with a runny nose...uhghhh. Pleasepleasepleasepleasedontbegettingsick.
Wish us luck! Any input on packing welcome! Just 24 hours and I'm off work until next Monday, which will then be my last full week. Trying not to think about that part :(