diy {enduring layovers with a baby}

This is part two of yesterday’s post

So we had a 3 hour layover to busy ourselves with. Since she hadn’t slept a wink on the plane I thought I’d find somewhere quiet and attempt to get her to crash. She is extremely social, so I had to find a place that was basically empty of people before she’d even consider closing her eyes. Thank you DFW for your SkyBridge!

It took about 10 minutes of riding the SkyWalk over and over and over again….and then she was out.

I was not about to risk changing locations and waking her up. So stuck on the SkyBridge was I.

What is a mom, exhausted from traveling with a squirming baby to do?

Well…the SkyBridge did have AMAZING natural light flooding in all those windows and very few people around. So out came the camera to distract me.

That took about 10 minutes. I thought about the security guards watching me on all the cameras…figured they must see stranger than a mom taking random photos of herself with a sleeping baby in a stroller. Then again, maybe they haven’t. While I was taking the picture below Chris called to tell me my place was delayed for additional 2 hours.

I hung up the phone and she woke up. 10 minutes all day. 10 minutes is all she gave me. What baby goes 14 hours with only 10 minutes of sleep?

Baby Sister will now be known as Firecracker on this blog.

After eating dinner and showing off her wrinkled nose smile to other travelers we headed back to the SkyBridge for more photo entertainment.

She liked the SkyBridge. I liked the natural light.

After enjoying a little soy milk she thought it would be fun to throw the bottle and watch it roll.

I thought it would be fun to see how long I could balance it on her head. We were bored. So very bored.

So, so, so very bored.

I showed Chris these pictures and told him I wondered what the security guards thought watching me on those cameras. I got lots of ‘crazy lady’ stares from other travelers, but did I mention she slept 10 minutes over 12 hours at that point….I was beyond caring what anyone thought. Chris said it reminded him of something, but it took him a few minutes to remember….then he did.

Tom Hanks in The Terminal. Yeah, I’m feeling it too Tom.

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  • Cate O'Malley - So many awesome pictures, too hard to pick a favorite! We used to fly to DFW a lot when my grandmother was alive – you’ve now painted it in a whole new light (no pun intended). πŸ™‚

  • Alba - in certain pictures Firecracker resembles a lot Big Brother, same faces! I would have been one of the security guards, I would have pop out to see what were you doing, for sure. What baby goes 14 hours with only 10 minutes of sleep? My oldest, until he was 18 months, then he started to sleep the whole night, but never during the day.

  • Kari S. - Oh Ashley, those pictures are priceless. I wish I would have had your cell phone number and knew about the circumstances, I would have drove to DFW, picked you guys up and drove you home! It would have took 5 hrs to get you home via my vehicle too, but I bet Firecracker would have snoozed most of the way! My husband leaves Wednesday for Malawi, Africa on a mission trip! I’ll be scanning your DIY ideas to keep myself and my daughter (5) busy!

  • Anna Joy - Sorry you were stuck at DFW Airport! You could’ve came over! If only you knew that my house was 10 minutes away πŸ™‚ At least you got stuck in the pretty part of the airport. All the other terminals are gray and dark with hardly any windows. You always end up in the best places to get great pictures!

  • karen davis - these photos crack me up!! But that natural light is awesome… loved the photo of little sister with her eyebrow raised on the “walk fast”way.

  • bopha - okay, that is hilarious, but where in the world were all the other people in the airport?

  • ashlee - love it! my favorite are the ones where you can see her reflection in the glass…oh and your backpack is almost as big as you!

  • Jill R - I love the picture with the arched eyebrow. Oh my. That baby sister is loaded with personality!

  • Kara P - It looks like baby sister has been watching big brother! I love the photo with her one eyebrow cocked and that half smile!! πŸ™‚

  • Amy - oh, not fun, that’s a long, long day! i love those skywalk pictures though, wonderful light and what a sweet, wrinkle-nosed baby. just gearing up for the all-nighters she’ll be pulling in college i guess! : )

  • Alina - Love the picture of the baby sister with the raised eyebrow. The pictures are absolutely gorgeous!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Good morning! You poor thing! Ugh. Your pictures ~ even when you are bored are SO lovely!

  • Sophie - I want to go to the skybridge! The light in there is amazing (:
    And your little lady is so adorable and seems like a very willing photography subject!

  • kristiina - I’ll be ‘channeling’ you this weekend as I fly with my two toddlers to Austin….at least I only have a 3.5 hour flight (and kids who will watch a dvd player) πŸ™‚

    I feel for you–it’s bad enough having a layover..much less with a baby. Great shots, though!

  • jo - ashley-
    i just returned yesterday from a trip with my 14 month old to hawaii…from washington d.c. it was madness! our 14 hour flight out he slept for a total of 2 hours but was happy thanks to a constant barrage of snacks, books and songs. our red eye home he slept for a total of 5 hours with bouts of loud crying every 30 minutes. i didn’t sleep for 28 hours straight. i totally get what you mean by having endurance as a mom! and the funny thing is, when i got home i just wanted to collapse in bed (or in front of the tv) and not do anything for days. but i SPECIFICALLY thought of you and said “ashley, with her 4 kids and in all her amazingness, wouldn’t just sit around being lazy so get to it! πŸ™‚
    glad you are home safe and sound!

  • Kara - o girl that sounds like a story to remember…good thing u got pics! haha Or maybe u want to forget that day! U are truly SUPERWOMAN!

  • susie whyte - those pics made my day. i wish i could have seen that in person…hilarious!

  • Amber Mershawn - She’s so precious! I could just squeeze her….

  • lifeologia - Tom had it way easier. He didn’t have a little munchkin to worry about πŸ˜‰

  • georgia - Oh girl, I live about 15 minutes from DFW Airport. You should have called me and I would have been more than happy to come get you and little firecracker could have taken a nap in our crib. Great Pics!

  • stylefyles - Firecracker’s personality is poppin! That sassy-faced photo is fantastic. Can I ask you how you took those photos? Was the terminal empty enough that you felt safe distancing yourself from your camera to snap those on self-timer? And was the camera just chilling on the rolling walkway (no fear of it getting caught up at the end of it?). Just wondering!

  • Holly - I remember the days of traveling with a little person all too well. A+ for entertaining yourself, the pictures are wonderful. That little Firecracker is AHHHHH-dorable! I love her expressions, so happy for only 10 minutes of sleep!

  • devon spec - this is SOOO funny! I LOVE THESE PICS. made me smile at the end of a long day. πŸ™‚ your baby is adorable.

  • meg duerksen - oh i feel ya!!!
    i have no patience for airports. it is THE most boring place.
    i was like tom in the london airport.
    sprawled out all over.
    makes me tense just thinking about it.
    and i had many many trips with my babies over the years doing just what you did.

  • the inadvertent farmer - I would not wish that on anyone but…since you were there already I am so very glad you took those wonderful photos to share with us! Kim

  • Jeannette Swan - I’m laughing out loud! I’m sure it wasn’t funny at the time, but just provided some entertainment for all of us!! That baby sister is too much cute!!

  • giozi - I love of all them. Oh my, they are awesome.
    The first are really funny, and baby’s pics are lovelies. Thannnnnnnnnnnnnks for sharing.

  • ASH - your photos are so funny. love the one where she watches the bottle roll away.

  • robyn - these are hilarious! why does the airport look emtpy???
    and have you ever seen those airports that have little play areas in them?? heaven! but ive never had my kids with me when i see them… go figure!

  • Yolanda - What a fun and funny set. I love the ones with her looking at her reflection and the cocked eyebrow one. My daughter was a newborn who craved no sleep, especially if there were faces to stare at, so I feel your pain. But I have yet to be rave enough to hop on a plane with her, and she’s almost three.

  • Shannon - So so cute! I was at church camp all week and had to check your blog! Baby sister is really starting to look like your big boys. How horrible to be stuck in the terminal, but at least you have a memory to share with her!

  • Jodi - I love these pics! Especially because we were just stuck in Phoenix for over 3 hours. These are great. BTW, our littlest is named Firecracker on our blog too!! I have a Princess and a Firecracker! The name fits her to a “T”. Enjoy your little Firecracker, she looks like she could keep up with those boys now. I did a “senior friendship” photoshoot while we were away for my niece, inspired by one of your snapshop shoots. I can’t wait to link up.