This is a story of my first flight ever with Lil’ A. It’s a long story so I will ‘chopped’ it off to several parts.
Our journey to go to Indonesia started on October 22, 2007 when Lil’ A was 10 months old. Early flight out of Dothan, AL to Atlanta, GA then from there we flew Korean Airline to Incheon, Korea.
During that longest leg of our trip (almost 15 hours), Lil’ A was behaving so good, he slept most of the time. There was only one thing on that flight that upset me, they claimed to be out of bottled water when I asked for one to make Lil’ A’s formula then later I saw bottled water on their drink cart. Oh, I did brought like 5 big bottled water but only managed to squeezed 3 bottles in my backpack and the rest I had to tucked them inside my carry-on suitcase. So, mommies, do try to bring your own bottled water for your baby.
We got to Incheon, Korea after 5 PM local time and guess what…we got lost inside the huge airport!
Back in Atlanta, I was told to find Korean Airline desk and pick up the hotel voucher (since we had to stayed overnight there) once we landed at Incheon, then go to the hotel. After so many steps here and there, 2 levels down, stopped and asked around, and between being ping ponged to many directions there, I finally found the right booth, got the voucher (including our meal coupons). Does it end there? Nope! Had to walked from Door 2 to Door 11 to get to the hotel’s shuttle bus. All these walking involved maneuvers of pushing a toddler in his stroller who were getting cranky, a heavy backpack strapped to my back and one rolled small suitcase.
We didn’t get to the hotel until almost 9 PM with a totally cranky and tired baby and one exhausted mama! That poor boy just had enough and so did his mommy so we stayed in, didn’t even bother with dinner (boy got his Gerber!) and his mommy just wanted to stretched down. He fell asleep pretty fast. The hotel, Grand Hyatt Residence was a really nice hotel. As tired as I was and with no sleep at all during our Atlanta – Korea flight, I only managed to get roughly 4 hours of snooze that night.
In the morning, I just let Lil’ A be completely free to roam around our room, crawling and pulling himself up all over the place. Had breakfast and lunch before we went back to the airport for our next flight to Jakarta. Unfortunately, Lil’ A started to get really cranky while we were still waiting by the gate. He cried and cried and cried and I failed to soothe him. Enough said, I was pretty aware of other passengers stare at us, at me. Since I’m traveling alone with a baby, we got the ‘privilege’ to pre-board before others, I tried just about everything to calm him but nothing works, some people offer their sympathy by trying to cheer him too but that also doesn’t help much. Then I saw that his nose was runny and he had a little cough, that’s when I realized he must not be feeling well. He only slept for half an hour or so during that 7 hours flight to Jakarta and spent most of it crying. Poor baby!
They provided us with a baby bassinet, which he totally hates. Due to some turbulence, I can’t carry him around the plane too much, thanks God the flight attendants were all pretty helpful. There’s this one flight attendant that seems to worried about Lil’ A and how I got my hands full that I can’t even eat or drink anything, she went so far to help us by holding a cup of water for me so I could drink it (mind you, I did not ask her to do that, she offered it to me). Their services were much better than the Atlanta – Korea route, maybe because they have a joint service with Garuda Indonesia airline, who knows…
After several hours of dealing with a sick and cranky baby, and panicking asking what the heck did I got myself into, I just decided to ignore those ‘you’re not doing enough‘ or ‘you’re a bad parent’ stares people gave me and put on my ignore goggles, because you know what…there’s only so much you can do as a parent to calm your baby and sometimes you just had to let them cry it out especially when you’re in that situation. Lil’ A finally settled down in the last hour before we landed.
That was the longest 7 hours ever!