Pushing the limits of allowable carry-on luggage, we thought we were ready for anything. We had in one bag: 2 laptop computers loaded to the gills with various music and video presumed attractive to the one-year-old crowd, a camcorder, a digital camera, a cell phone, and an iPod, not to mention some reading materials—you know, just in case of an EMP. And in another bag: enough books, puzzles, and snacks to accommodate a single toddler for, well, hopefully a week. But, unfortunately, all of this seemed moot once it was clear we were unprepared for one particular thing.
Lots of it. As the flight was departing we were surprised how quiet and low key Sam was actually being. He cuddled and just munched slowly on fruit snacks. As we started to gain elevation, he fussed a bit, but we just kept cramming gummy fruits in his mouth and he seemed to work through it.
But then, on the descent, several days of meals showed up on my lap without any prior warning at all. Sam was sitting on my lap facing Boss and we were both covered in his, shall we say, voluminous spew. It was on our shirts, our pants, his jammies, the blanket, the seat, the floor, and probably the captain. Boss's motherly reflexes had a wet wipe under his chin in no time, but a west wipe was no match for the not-so-meaty chunks that awaited her.
Moments before, I had been thinking about how they always say “flight attendants, prepare the cabin for landing” what seems like 14 hours ahead of time. Well, the rest of the flight went by surprisingly quickly as we used our 2 Northwest airlines cocktail napkins, a box of wet wipes, and the complimentary airline blanket to wipe up the wreckage. Boss suggested I ask the woman next to me if we could use her little barf baggie, but I had noticed that since the “incident” she had completely turned away from the sights and smells, perhaps in an effort to keep her own cookies battened down. I thought she might need the baggie for herself.
Well, we survived. I’m proud of us for dealing with it so well. We had him changed into a new outfit and the now rank former clothes banished to an airtight bag before landing.