People started acting like the plane would leave without them and they crowded around the gate. Ugh! It was a challenge to wheel the stroller around all these people and their bags.
Ranger was happy to chat with the guy next to me- a grandfatherly type who clearly had something like four words in English at his disposal. He would encourage Ranger to say mama or babba and Ranger would be chatting away for a few moments. Eventually the baby fell asleep. And slept the entire flight. (I schedule the flights as close to his nap time as possible).
We had a great visit and pictures will be forth coming.
On the way out, the Buffalo TSA agents were super nice, the passengers around me were awesome, helping to lift the stroller on the scan thing, making sure my bags stayed together while I waited for my boot to be scanned and my hands to be checked for magical pixie dust or whatever they think a mom with a broke foot and a baby traveling on her own would have on her hands. That flight was completely uneventful (the perfect kind) except that Ranger had a little trouble going to sleep because every one was playing peek-a-boo with him, or smiling and cooing at him. Even the
Eventually I asked the airline lady if it would be ok if I stood up in an empty row and rocked the baby to sleep. It didn't take too much to have a happily sleeping baby strapped to me.
(I basically have him in the carrier the entire flight. In fact, keeping in mind Ranger's been on three trips, some with transfers, it's odd how the Buffalo to JFK flight was the first time anyone told me I couldn't have him strapped in during take off or landing. Given how much this little guy twists and turns and slithers, it's generally a good idea to have him secured somehow unless letting him free is imminent. I forgot to follow the lady's instruction on the landing. Another time a lady told me he had to be facing me during take off and landing. I wish there would be some consistency on what they want!)
The TSA staff, the airport staff, the taxi drivers and my doormen all carried something for me this trip. *group hug* thanks for making the trip so smooth. My family meeting Ranger for the first time really enjoyed seeing him, and I really enjoyed my trip.