Hands up if you have ever flown with an infant? Hands up if you have flown with an infant alone? Hands up if you are terrified of flying alone with an infant? It is not for the faint hearted, I can assure you.
I was on a plane the other day with my little one. Luckily for me it was a night flight so I expected him to sleep all the journey through seeing as it was his bedtime anyway…Or so I thought.
Hurdle #1: How to travel light with infant
If you’re anything like me, packing is a chore I struggle with. I always end up carrying too much. And then have to go through the indignity of unpacking and offloading at the airport, on the queue while everyone pretends not to be looking at your belongings. Now imagine also packing for an extra person whose every belonging is important and must be included… I did well this time though and managed to stuff all our belongings (well, all our belongings that we were carrying with us) into 2 big suitcases and 1 small suitcase, and felt rather proud of myself for not using up the extra baggage allowance although I was allowed to carry an extra suitcase for him.
Hurdle #2: How to make 3 kgs disappear
Turns out I wasn’t as clever as I thought coz my bags were overweight! The girl at the check-in counter was very unforgiving and would not budge when i begged her to let me get away with one of my suitcases being 26kgs instead of 23kgs. I pointed out that I had not taken advantage of carrying an extra bag of 10kgs that I was allowed to so please could she just overlook my slightly overweight bag? No, she couldn’t. I was all set to argue but my mum very agreeably said ok, we will remove some stuff. So she rearranged my suitcase, took out a couple of things and when we weighed the suitcase again it was 2kgs lighter, and the girl changed her mind and said put them back, no problem. I guess she was looking for some fun on a boring night at work…. And you know how you can’t even get annoyed coz you are getting your own way?
Hurdle #3: How to get KQ to leave on time
This is the 2nd time I have flown KQ and they do not leave on time! Official departure time was 23.50 but come 1.30am we were still grounded, with no explanation! Imagine trying to calm down a fractious baby in a stationary plane. Nightmare.
Hurdle #4: How to collect 3 suitcases from conveyor belt whilst holding infant
This would have required 3 pairs of hands. Thank God I found said pair of hands in the form of new friendships formed while airborne. Patricia, thank God for you. You saved my life! And my dignity… I would certainly have ended up face down on the conveyor belt.
Hurdle #5: How to stop feeling homesick
Anybody got a pill I can take so that I stop pining for home?