On Friday, Genevieve and I took off from PDX to JFK after spending 2 weeks with my family. Being 6 months pregnant and traveling alone with a 1-year-old is definitely one of the more intimidating things I have done in my life. For those of you who have done this, I have so much respect for you because it is hard.
I kept my outfit simple for practical purposes but made sure to have enough space for what I needed. These maternity leggings (which you can read all about in this post) were so comfy during my 12 hours of travel and my Steve Madden backpack gave me just enough room for everything I needed while being easy to carry.
There are so many things I learned from this experience. For one, I learned that you need to be prepared for everything. You’re probably thinking something along the lines of “Duh, you’ve been a mom for a year and just figured this out”. Well, here’s the thing. I thought I had prepared for everything. But what I didn’t prepare for is checking an extra bag, showing up to my parents with a car seat, sitting with a baby on my lap for 5+ hours, and having enough food to feed a hungry pregnant lady and one-year-old all day.
I also learned that not everyone will be understanding of the fact that you are traveling alone with a baby. I got hushed, shooed, and glared at by more people than I can count. Genevieve did a good job overall, but man when she was bad I had plenty of people judging me for it.
Lastly, I learned that not everything will go as planned. In fact, most things will probably not go as planned. This is probably just a lesson on life with kids in general. Despite my efforts to have things go as smoothly as possible, there are factors out of my control.
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