When Karen and I booked the flight, we were thinking... let's get to Florida early so that we won't waste the whole day traveling. We weren't thinking... we are traveling with two infants and waking up at 3am to get to the airport for 4am for a 6am flight probably isn't ideal. So there we were at 4am, getting dropped off at the airport.
We knew how much stuff we had... but when we were left at the airport door with 2 babies, a stroller, 2 suitcases, 2 car seats, 2 car seat travel bags, 4 carry-ons and a stroller travel bag we felt a little overwhelmed. Looking down at our pile of stuff we knew we needed a plan. Karen decided to ask a TSA man if it was possible to leave the car seats at the front of the line so that we could lighten the load a little. But all she got was "you need to keep all of you luggage with you at all times." So we managed to get through the airport line with everything. Even the car seats, but those may have been kicked through the line.
We cruised through security and were at the gate with an hour to spare. We decided to get give ourselves a pat on the back for a job well done and enjoy some Dunkin'. As we were eating our bagels I mentioned to Karen that I needed to pack up the stroller. I didn't want to be all frantic getting the stroller into the bag while they were starting to board.
Emma and Amelia relaxing before their first flight.
Not a second later we heard them make the announcement for pre-boarding with infants, wheel chairs, etc. AHH! At that point, our food gets thrown into one of the carry-ons and Karen grabbed both girls out of the stroller. I am down on the floor, taking wheels off the stroller, trying to jam it into the bag. It's not fitting, I need to turn it over. As the stress is building, I flipped the stroller with my kung foo moves... except I didn't expect Karen's face to get in the way when she started to reach into a bag on the floor. Just imagine, WWF. Macho Man Randy Savage picking up the folding chair and wrapping it around someones head. Except this was real, she took the hit and kept moving. Ouch!
Once I had the stroller fitting snug into the bag, I looked up. Karen had both girls and she had started to move to the gate. I grabbed the stroller (29 lbs) and all 4 carry-ons and started to make my way too. A paci was down. I dropped everything and reached down to get it! Then finally I caught up with her. And in slow motion... my bagel came out of no where and landed on the floor. Everyone in the airport stopped and looked. There was no way I was going to drop everything I was holding to get the stupid bagel. We stood there for a minute, just looking down at the plain bagel, toasted with cream cheese. Silence. Then some woman who felt bad for us, got up and tucked the bagel back into my bag. Crisis averted. The bagel was saved and we were on our way! The girls were so good on the plane. They fell asleep before we took off, pretty much slept the entire time and arrived happy and ready to hit the beach.
Mommy and her baby girls.
Emma and mom looking out the window at all of the clouds.
7 months old. Can you even believe it? I know for certain your dad and I can't! I close my eyes and I can see the two of you when you were just born. So tiny. So helpless. And then I open my eyes and I see two girls who are ready to take on the world. Both exploring, both holding your heads high and both learning new things everyday. You are growing at warp speed, right before our very eyes. I wish you could stay these perfect tiny people forever, but I am excited to see you each grow into something more than we could ever imagine. I enjoy every minute I have with you and can't wait to see what the future brings. And even though you are growing up so quickly, you will always be my perfect tiny babies.
Amelia, I know I've said this before, but I will say it again... you are such a happy girl. And you love making everyone happy too. You smile at anyone who looks your way. And when you have their attention you stick your tongue out in this way that is so silly. Almost to guaranty a laugh too. Your proudest moments are when you get your sister's attention and make her smile too.
You have learned so much this past month. You are always busy holding something, a toy, a book or (most likely) your feet, and putting whatever it is in your mouth. And this month you have really mastered holding up your head. You love to look around the room and when you are tired you will roll from your stomach to your back.
Emma, I know I haven't said this every month, and it's not because you aren't a happy baby but you have been more serious than anything. This past month you've become such a super happy girl. You love to smile and giggle. You squeal when you are happy and excited and love playing games. You have a laugh that brightens your face and anyone around you... including your sister.
You have learned so much this past month. You've rolled both directions; stomach to your back and back to your stomach. You are learning how to sit on your own, even though it always ends with you folding in half. And when you stiff leg us, we know that your telling us it's time to practice standing.
Girls, You both amaze me everyday. You laugh at funny noises, sneezes, each other, and your mom and dad dancing. But what makes you laugh most is Charlotte. She can run around the room, shake her head, even look at you... pretty much anything she does is the funniest thing you've ever seen. And the best part is I get to sit back and listen to the biggest roar of out of control laughter from both of you. You girls are little people with great personalities. I can't wait to know you as big people too :)