The airport went pretty smoothly. We didn't check in early online because our plan was to get a disabled pre-boarding pass and get on the plane first anyway. And even if they didn't let us have one (we brought the handicapped parking pass just in case), we could still board with families. Brian flies a lot, so we got to go in the short line to the check-in counter. Then, we got to go in the short line to security. So that was nice.
Security was our first big obstacle. I find that TSA is very inconsistent; not just from airport to airport, but from day to day. Sometimes they tell us Sadie has to come out of her chair, sometimes they wand her while still in it. Yesterday, they asked us to carry her through. I refused (since I'm already carrying a baby), but Brian did it. We declared the medicine and the food, they wanted to look at it, but said it was no big deal. They didn't even blink at my knitting needles. We did everything right and there was no scene and it went smoothly, which was so nice. We got to the gate in record time, I swear. Considering by the time we got there I had already gone to the bathroom 3 times, we had wrangled our way through security, and we were doing it all with a special needs 2-year-old.
We were flying with my in-laws, who were coming from New Mexico (I know, weird, they came from NM to Phoenix on their way to TX). We thought they'd be on the plan already and were expecting the plane to land, everybody to get off, then we'd get on...and they'd just stay on the plane. But it didn't work that way, and as we got up to get in the pre-boarding line, I turned around and there was Grammy standing there!!
|Sadie on the airplane being a big girl and sitting in her car seat|
Sadie's generally been a good flier and we've never really had a lot of problems with her on airplanes, so we knew we'd be fine. We managed to feed her (thank goodness we didn't have to change her!) and before we knew it we were descending...and she decided it was time to take a nap. She got a good 10 minute snooze in before we landed, and luckily nobody cared that she wasn't buckled into her car seat during landing. That 10 minutes was enough to improve her attitude and she was a gem the rest of the day...which included an hour + car ride to the resort!
|Sadie is teething, so she wants to bite and then suck on a rag, which sometimes helps her relax enough to fall asleep|
There is plenty of room to spread out