Mark My Words

Writing, flying and yawning my way through motherhood

They Should Revoke My Wings November 15, 2008

Filed under: Henry,Traveling — H. M. @ 9:20 am
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2009 will be my seventh year working for The Airline. In that time I think I’ve seen just about everything from drunken arrests to poop on the floor to abandoned children. When I worked on the ground, it always amazed me when after making repeated announcements about gate changes there would inevitably be someone who didn’t hear it an miss the flight.

“You didn’t hear any of my announcements?” I’d ask.

“No. No one listens to announcements.”

“You didn’t notice no one else was waiting in the boarding area?”

“No.”

I would mock these people for heir gross lack observation skills.

Today, I became one of those people. I checked in at the gate for my boarding pass and stroller tag an hour and twenty minutes before departure. I then went to the companion care bathroom to go to the bathroom (duh) and feed and change the baby before the flight. I went back to my gate, took a seat and played with my son until it was time to board.

They say time flies when you have kids, and that doesn’t just mean in the day to day or month to month sense. Apparently, it applies to minute by minute because I felt like I’d only been sitting there for ten minutes before i heard something about “Mark Family” and “Pittsburgh” and “Last and Final Boarding Opportunity” on the PA.

My flight was moved three gates down. I don’t know why I never heard a gate change announcement. I doubt it was the agents who forgot, they’re usually pretty on tp of making those announcements.  Which means one of thwo things happened. While I was enjoying the silence and privacy of the companion care restroom, the announcemtn were mad about the gate change. Or I was so busy playing with Henry that I just didn’t  notice the time or hear  the announcements. Boy am I the dummy!

Live and learn, I guess. This is my fourth time flying with Henry, but the first time without Justin to help. Next time I’ll know not to lose myself in playtime wiht the baby. And, yes, I did make the flight with seconds to spare.

 

First Flight October 9, 2008

Filed under: Henry,Traveling — H. M. @ 5:28 am
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Baby Henry made his first post-natal flight this past weekend. It took us a good seven weeks to get him back on a plane, the last time he flew was probably a few weeks before he was born. He took the whole thing in stride, of course. I wouldn’t expect anything less from a child born into a flying family.

Henry takes on the captain's duties in the cockpit. Asleep at the wheel.

Henry takes on the captain's duties in the cockpit. Asleep at the wheel, of course.

He slept through all our flights which allowed mommy to catch up on some much needed ZZZ’s too.

Watch Henry’s take off out of PVD

And his landing in BWI