Flying solo with an infant is one of those new-mom challenges that can quickly turn into a nightmare. No one to deflect the glares from the passengers when the baby cries. No way to go pee. Probably not enough room between you and the seat in front of you to both hold the baby and put your tray table down for a drink.
Your survival often depends on the attitude of all the other adults surrounding you.
Flying solo with twin babies? That's more than double the stress. Recently, it almost got one mom kicked off her flight.
When attendants realized there were no extra seats—and not even enough room for all the carry-ons—they started taking bags and other items from passengers to stow under the plane with the checked luggage. That included the carseat for what Love What Matters post contributor Mackenzie Murphy guessed were 6-month-old twins.
A flight attendant took it from a mom who had brought it on board with her so she could hold one baby at a time. Once the seat had been taken, the woman figured she'd just hold her babies on her lap for the duration of the short flight.
"[A] flight attendant immediately told her she couldn't hold both babies, and would have to leave the flight," Murphy writes.
At which point, a mother sitting in front of Murphy offered to hold one of the babies. For the entire flight.
"Keep in mind, this was a flight that was supposed to be a quick 45 minutes. We ended up sitting on the tarmac for 2 1/2 hours!" she explains. "Without a complaint, this woman fed the other woman's baby and burped him. Her own daughter started crying. This mom, so calmly, went on to explain to her young daughter that 'our job is to help other people. This mom is all by herself with no help, and really needs another mom to help.'"
Murphy says the mom held the baby, sang songs and he slept the entire flight. No crying!
"My heart still feels fuzzy," Murphy wrote. "Moral of the story is, when you see people needing help, do the right thing and help them."
Also, moms are freaking awesome.
Kinda makes you want to grab a baby and hold her right now, doesn't it?