Adventures part one: Mae’s First Airplane Trip!

We have had quite the adventures the past couple of weeks!

To begin, poor Mae got sick. This is only the second time she has been sick enough to merit a visit to the doctor and it is always so pitiful and sad. She began running a high fever one night and it continued for a few days. I could tell she felt awful and it just hurt my heart 🙁

We spent lots of time just like this while Mae was sick

We were scheduled to leave for Florida on Thursday (January 16) for Sam to run a big race on Saturday, but I ended up taking Mae to the doctor on Thursday instead.

After MUCH debating we made the very hard decision that Sam would go by himself to the race in Florida and I would stay home with Mae. She was not in any condition to travel Thursday night and Sam needed to leave very early Friday morning.

I began looking at airplane tickets for Saturday, thinking if I found a good enough deal I could fly in and still be with Sam for part of his race, then drive back with him a few days later. Sam’s race was 100 miles, so he would be running all day!

But last-minute plane tickets can be astronomical and I wasn’t sure if we would be able to make it work.

Friday morning I called Sam to check on how his trip was going and Mama came into the kitchen with her laptop, asking if I still wanted to try to go be with Sam. Prices had changed overnight and she found one for about $100 dollars cheaper than what I had been looking at. And it left in a few hours.

Mae had already started taking antibiotics for bronchitis, so she was feeling much better and not running any fever. So we bought the ticket, packed, and left for the airport (which was 2 hours away) within an hour! 

We were even going to beat Sam there!

Mama parked at short-term parking so she could go inside the airport with me and help me check-in and get my bags all situated. I handed in my boarding pass and they asked for Mae’s birth certificate. Which I did not have.

I began to panic a bit inside as we explained that we didn’t know you had to have a birth certificate for a lap infant, but the workers were so kind. They asked if I had any proof of her birthday, like an insurance card or another source of id?

We finally got it all worked out, thanks to the extreme kindness of the workers at the counter. We said goodbye to Mama and headed to security, where again everyone showed us such kindness and offered to help in every way.

We made it to our gate! Mae was much more interested in eating snacks than taking a picture with me.

I’m not sure if everyone could tell how nervous I was to fly with a baby for the first time (and a somewhat sick baby at that!), but I am so thankful for how God watched over us and helped us through everything.

Mae did well on the flight, though she did tell me she was all done and kept pointing to the aisle. She nursed on the ascent and descent to avoid popping ears and took a mini nap and played with stickers in between.

Again, Mae was not too keen on taking a picture with me

My lovely sister-in-law picked us up from the airport and Sam met us at their house a couple of hours later.

It was a crazy day, but we were so happy and thankful to all be safe and in the same place!

Part two is coming soon!


  1. Mom Peters
    January 28, 2020

    What a crazy start to your even crazier trip!! You are such a good mama and wife. 😉

  2. Jill
    February 3, 2020

    Wow! An adventure indeed! Glad you two got to go. The part about her playing with stickers is so cute!!! Hope your little one is feeling better…it’s heart breaking when they are sick 😢
    ~ Jill


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