People keep asking how the baby's doing.
Minion is 17 months old now, and the size of an average 3-year-old. He's the biggest, busiest baby I've ever seen.
I always have to address the “big” part. It's what everybody notices first, and I feel compelled to get that conversation out of the way. Yes, he's huge. Yes, we have trouble setting up playdates because he tends to sit on and squash other children. Yes, I am in fact having another child so this one didn't actually destroy all my lady bits…but thanks for asking.
He's astonishingly active. This is my view most days. I find a steady spot and kick back to watch as he stirs up a storm around me.
We're supposed to go on our first flight together soon, and I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. If you could just hold this whirring, bustling ball of Tasmanian intensity for a couple minutes you'd understand the trepidation! There are so many what-ifs and decisions. At the end of the day, the fact is that the details of this experience are dependent on a very unpredictable human being. Right now I'm having an internal debate about whether I should hold him in my lap or purchase a separate spot to contain him in an air-approved car seat. What's best for him? What's best for other customers on the flight? What's best for me?
I don't have a strong argument for either answer. Or any real advice, actually. When parents ask me to weigh in on this stuff, I just tell them they need to plan ahead and do what works best for their individual child and their family.
The fact is, in life, you have to get from Point A to Point B. That's all there is to it. Why not embrace the journey? We've been working with JetBlue on a conversation about babies flying, and have found them to be hands-down the most receptive airline for kids. They have courtesy pre-boarding for families with children under the age of 2, a TV at every seat with kid-friendly programming, complimentary unlimited snacks and drinks and the occasional surprise set of wings!
JetBlue recently designated a cross-country flight from New York's JFK Airport to Long Beach, CA as their “FlyBabies” flight to see if they could help soften the mid-air attitude towards moms and babies. Customers in this special plane were told that they would be rewarded with discounts on their next JetBlue flight every time a baby cried.
The relief on the mothers' faces, as you can see, was palpable. The whole plane learned to cheer for babies in the air. After all, these little humans are looking forward to the destination just as much as you and I. So next time you find yourself 35,000 feet up…smile at a baby, for crying out loud!