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Traveling on a plane across the country and dealing with a layover is tough enough, but when you add a baby into the mix, parents can only hope that their trip from start to finish is a smooth ride. Unfortunately, when Jodie Sweetin recently flew from North Carolina — where she was filming a movie — back to Los Angeles, the actress got a bit more than she had expected when she was faced with a missed flight and a cranky, tired baby — daughter Zoie Laurelmae, 5 ½ months.
Braving the trip alone while her husband Cody Herpin chose to drive with their belongings, Jodie’s stressful travel day began with the mommy-daughter duo waiting for a plane that was over an hour delayed. With a second flight to catch, Jodie shares that upon landing and loading up Zoie and her belongings in the stroller, she was faced with more bad news: the next flight left in minutes and the gate was two terminals away! While the pair "literally ran" to the subway to head over to the next terminal, as they ventured down the escalator, Jodie saw "the doors close for the train," forcing them to "wait another three minutes for the next one."
Finally making it to their gate, Jodie shares that the news only got worse, causing her to have a "mom meltdown." Having missed the flight, Jodie — along with other passengers in the same dilemma — were handed their new itinerary, listing a plane taking off two hours later with two extra layovers. As Jodie came to the realization that her new flight schedule wouldn’t work because "I only have two bottles of formula left," baby Zoie — who was starting "to lose it" — had left a pleasant surprise in her diaper, now beginning to leak. After a quick clean-up and a phone calls to Cody and her own mother, Jodie faced reality, sharing that she had to "stay in the moment" and keep a positive attitude "that we will make it home."
Luckily, after making their way to the help desk to "beg to get put on standby," the twosome — with Zoie "crying almost on cue" and helping "our pathetic ‘mom and baby look’" — made it on an earlier flight and arrived in L.A "just as Zoie began to get hungry again." Jodie shares that after a long day, she wishes "all you traveling moms and tots out there, happy trails" and says that "no matter what, at least you’ll have an interesting tale to tell," as she herself has learned several traveling tips as a first time mom.
- Airports should sell formula, since I’m sure I’m not the first mom this happened to!
- You’re never too old to call your mommy, she will always make you feel better.
- Never underestimate the power of a crying baby to help get you on the standby list for a flight!
Source: The Traveling Tot
What are your tips for traveling with an infant?