So we are finally here in Albany NY! I won’t lie, it was hard, not as hard as I thought it would be but hard nevertheless.
So let me tell you how we survived the day. I started the day really early, at 5:30AM. I was so nervous I couldn’t fall back asleep, so I got up and started cleaning and doing some last minute packing. By this time, I had already played over and over in my head how we were going to execute every single step of the trip, and I was fairly confident that we were able to handle it. We had one luggage to check in, four carry on bags, a car seat, and a stroller.
Our flight was 12:30PM. By 10:30AM, my parents have dropped us off at LAX. It took us about 45 minutes to check in our luggage and get our tickets. Our luggage was over the check in weight limit by 12 lbs. I immediately took out a spare bag and a bunch of heavier items. Once we handed off our luggage, we started running for the security gate. Our plan was to mount every single carry on item onto the stroller. By this time we had five carry on bags. We loaded both lap tops bags (Mario insisted on his own for the trip) into the basket underneath the stroller. The diaper bag was mounted onto the stroller’s handle bar. The car seat was loaded right onto the stroller, on top of it we placed our two other carry on bags. So far we were executing according to plan, and I was feeling good about myself. I wanted to take a picture of the stroller but we needed to hurry.
That good feeling about myself ended in just a few minutes. I made the mistake of taking out a box of Korean rasberry wine out of the luggage when it was over weight, and forgetting that there is restriction on items containing liquid greater than 4 oz. It was not till we loaded all our items onto the x-ray conveyer bell did we realized. At this point, we had no choice but to give up the box of wine.
TSA, 1; Flo and Mario, 0.
Shortly after that we realized we never considered how we were going to get all our things from the gate to our seats. The furthest we could take our stroller is right outside of the plane. It was not far from our seats, but we certainly under estimated how hard it would be to get there with five bags, a car seat, and a baby. Finally, with some help from the flight attendant, we sat down as the flight took off. Ravi must have sensed mommy and daddy’s frustration, and took a nap for part of the flight.
Three and a half hours later, we touched down in Minneapolis. We had less then an hour to get to our next terminal. We picked up some fast food on the way, since we have not eaten since breakfast. The walk to our next terminal seemed to take forever, and my arms were getting tired from carrying Ravi. This is certainly not as cool as I pictured myself earlier. Once we arrived at the terminal, we wolfed down our food. At this time, the flight is already being boarded. We then ran to the gate and checked in our stroller and headed down the jet way. Unfortunately Mario and I were not able to seat together on this flight. He got us settled in and went back to his seat. I tried unsucessfully to feed the baby, read to him, pulled out his toys, and played his favorite videos; he was not too happy and complained loudly. I resisted the temptation to take him out of his carseat, because I knew once I do, I’ll be carrying him for the duration of the flight. Finally he was getting tired and quitely watched Curious George video. I must have checked my watch every five minutes and was so relieved when the pilot announced we were arriving soon.
We waited until everybody else on the plane got off and then made our way out of the plane. Once we were off, we were told our stroller was already sent to luggage claim, so we had no choice but to carry everything on our backs. I had the baby in my arms and a bag on my shoulder. Mario carried the rest of the four bags and the car seat. I don’t think I could have survived that walk if we weren’t nearing the end.
Finally we made our way out of the terminals! I couldn’t express how happy I was to see the familiar faces of my sister and two nieces smiling at me. We are here at last!
It was a long long day. If I was to do it over again, I would have checked in an additional luggage with all the extra stuff we don’t need on the flight, and made sure the luggages weren’t over weight. I would also considered buying a small video player for Ravi so I didn’t have to bring a laptop to the flight at all. That way we could have eliminated our carry on bags to two small ones, and the trip would have been so much easier. We’ll see how that would work out on the way home.