We are traveling with the baby. Not camping. Not a road trip. TRAVELING. IN A PLANE.
So for all of you non-chubby bunnies out there, let me tell you - nothing is more nerve inducing than being a large-bodied, standby (unconfirmed) flyer.
First, let me be clear. Flying standby is an amazing PRIVILEGE of being an airline employee. I realize most people would cut off their arm to be able to have access to the opportunities we have had. I am so thankful to work for such a great company with perks like this.
That being said, I am SOOOOO super nervous about being my post-baby size and flying with the baby in my lap.
Number 1 - you don't know if you will get a seat on the plane. So you show up hoping the flight isn't full.
Number 2 - you almost always will get a middle seat (if you get a seat at all) because those are the last seats assigned to revenue passengers.
Number 3 - there are no requests to the gate agent for an "open" seat next to you (because the plane is usually full and because again, it's a privilege).
Number 4 - a lot of times a non-revver will get an exit row seat assigned if there are not enough upgrades. BUT if you have to use a seatbelt extender you can't sit in the exit row. And because our seats are assigned 0.5 seconds before the door is closed there is a big flurry of activity to move people and re-seat...no inconspicuousness there.
Number 5 - our flight is on a regional jet which has super small seats and aisles to begin with. I'm afraid my post-baby tush alone will encroach on my neighbor. Who is most definitely not going to be my husband because as previously mentioned, we take what we get and seats are not usually together.
Number 6 - While my post-baby tush "might" encroach, FOR SURE my squirmy 4-month old (!) and giant chest will certainly have elbows in my neighbors air space and armrest.
Number 7 - I am a nursing mommy. But I will not even think about trying it in flight, even if it might be better for baby's ears, hunger, disposition, etc...we are bringing a billion BM bottles. Which will be cold. And E doesn't drink cold milk. So I will have to figure out how to jam it between between my legs, or under my arm, or in a scalding hot paper cup of water from the FA (yeah, not doing that one). And then feeding it to him while again, not encroaching as much as possible.
Number 8 - this particular flight has been late leaving ATL super consistently for whatever reason (probably all the storms at our destination). So a 3-hour flight could easily turn into a 6-hour flight with a diversion (as my parents experienced 2 weekends ago on the same route).
Number 9 - Where the heck do you change a baby on a plane?
Number 10 - As a standby passenger, our bags are not guaranteed to get to our destination...so we have ALWAYS only traveled with carry-ons. Yeah. This time we have 2 giant checked bags packed. I hope they show up.
GAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But I'm sure all will work out fine. It will be worth it to get to see our families and friends when we arrive.