Wednesday 4 October 2017

Plane Rides and Kind Strangers

October 4, 2017

This will be a quick post. I'm feeling pretty tired, but I haven't done a post in a while. I'm not sure when I'll have Internet again, so I should do one now.

Anthony had his first trip on a plane last week. We flew to Ontario from Saskatchewan. Clint has been in Ontario for work for about a month, and we came up to visit with him, family and friends for a couple of weeks.

As I said, it was his very first time on a flight.

Our day started at 3:30 in the morning. I was REALLY lucky that my mom is the best mom in the world. She stayed a couple of days at my house to hang out with Anthony while I packed, and she drove us to the airport even though it was a ridiculous time for any person. Ever. We made it, and were on the flight, and in the air by 5:30 in the morning. 

I had been really stressed before we left. My sweet little baby is not very good at sitting in one spot for very long. There is too much to see and do, and he can't sit still for three hours. Originally, Clint was going to be with us, and that would have made me less nervous. At least that way, we could pass Anthony back and forth between the two of us. 

Unfortunately, it didn't work out exactly the way we had planned, and it was just Anthony and I.

My next wish was that Anthony would sleep through the entire flight. 


He didn't sleep. However, the flight wasn't bad. It actually went flew by. (See what I did there?) Anthony didn't cry very much - mostly at the end when he was EXHAUSTED. His ears didn't appear to bother him. 

We were also sitting next to a delightful older couple. They were on their way to a cruise in the States, and at one point when I shushed Anthony, the woman made sure to say, "It's okay. We have grand kids."

The kindness of strangers. They helped me as much as they possibly could, and I truly believe because of them, we were able to enjoy the flight. Anthony even crawled into both of their arms at certain points of the flight. 

I was lucky to be seated next to such caring people, and with the tragedies taking over the world, I'm glad that Anthony and I get to see the great in people. I know we will continue to meet people like this, and strive to be people like that.

The entire flight went well. The man across from me, who I honestly thought might not enjoy having a squirmy toddler close to him, was awesome. He ended up showing Anthony photos of his dogs on his phone at the end of the flight. It made my kiddo so happy.

Anthony fell asleep as we landed. It was great timing. The woman next to me held him as I got out my carry on. Getting off the plane wasn't easy, but my stroller was waiting for us, and all was right in the world.

And of course, my sleepy baby got to see his daddy (after he woke up) at the end of our journey. He was very happy. He was just waking up in the photo below.

 We are now half way through our Ontario adventure, and loving spending time with Anthony's aunts, uncles, and cousins (and soon to be with his Grandma and Grandpa). He doesn't get to see them much, and I love watching him get to know them.

I head home next week, and I'm really hoping we have a great plane ride back. It's in the evening instead of morning, so maybe he will sleep through the trip.


Okay, happy Wednesday. I'll be back to regular blogging in a week and a bit.

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