So yesterday we began the adventure of taking our (almost) 1-year old on her first plane ride... Across the United States! I was getting more and more nervous as the day came but knew it would only be 6 hours of my life... Wow, I'm so glad it's over! Actually it went fairly well. The first leg from Indy to KC was completely full, I took a window seat, Jeremy took the middle, and some older guy with 8 grand kids took the aisle seat... He wasn't too creepy until he rubbed Paige's head at one point, after that Jeremy did a body block on him. :) but Paige kept trying to reach over to him so it didn't work out too well, she's too friendly! Paige kept going back and forth between Jeremy and I, never sitting still for more than a minute or two, grabbing at all the magazines and brochures in the seat. It seemed like we would never get to KC. But we made it with her only crying a couple times.
Leg 2... KC to Seatlle (3 hours & 30 minutes). We didn't have to change planes in KC, so after everyone got off the plane we were able to move and find new seats (creepy grandpa got off in KC!). I asked one of the flight attendants if there were going to be extra seats this time so we could use the car seat. (We had gate checked it but since the tag said it was going to Seattle I wasn't sure if they would be able to get it). She was so nice and found out there were extras seats and one of the crew went and found the seat for us!! Yay Southwest! Bonus points!! Have the car seat was so great! Paige was getting so cranky before the flight took off so I started feeding her some dinner (at this point it was 5:30 our time and she had only taken an hour long nap the entire day). After about 5 bites of some food she passed out! She was asleep during takeoff and probably slept a total of 45 minutes. So after that it was more passing her back and forth between the two of us and letting her look around and smile at all the other passenagers. We had some great people around us! We did get her back in seat for about 45 min - 1 hour and she watched Monsters Inc on the iPad (no sound, just the movie). Then we let climb all over us again. About 30 minutes before landing the lady across the aisle said, "it's okay if you want to put her in her car seat and let her cry herself to sleep, none of us mind." It was so sweet! She could tell Paige was tired but wouldn't go to sleep! So just before landing we strapped her in and let her cry for a few minutes, restarted Monsters Inc (she loves that movie), and sure enough she fell asleep, just before we landed! So she only slept for the takeoff and the landing! As we were getting off the plane I apologized to the guy sitting in front of us and his response: "I have twins, you guys did great!" :) so thankful for understanding people around us!
Overall it was a good experience, I'm just praying for extra seats on the way home! That car seat is a lifesaver!
As far as the Time change... Well we are still working on that! Paige woke up right before we got in the car last night and ended up staying awake until 7:30 Seattle time. I was really hoping she would sleep until 6 or 6:30, but of course she was up at 4:30 (7:30 Indiana time - normal wake up time). She stayed in the room with us and kept trying to go back to sleep with no such luck. So at 5:30 we got up and let her play around for a while, gave her some breakfast, and put her down for a nap at 7:30! Hopefully the morning nap will be enough to reset her! Looking forward to a fun day!!