Reserve & Mom Life

ALL THINGS TRAVEL, Parenting

Being a reserve flight attendant means that I can be called at anytime and need to report to the airport within 3 hours. I bet a lot of you are wondering how that works with having a 16 month old son. Well it’s not easy but thankfully I have a lot of family support! Here’s how I plan to survive my September reserve month:

Schedule: this month I’m available to the company every Friday-Monday which means I have every Tuesday-Thursday off. I bid for this schedule intentionally so I could minimize number of days we’d need a babysitter. More weekdays off; prioritize weekend flying.

Bidding for specific assignments: so this one is most important because the day prior I have the choice to input bids for specific trips I want based on what’s available. These trips are usually open due to someone calling in sick, being removed from the trip for any number of reasons, or maybe there was a flight crew legality or weather which made the original crew be reassigned. I prioritize this because 1. I feel like I have a little bit more control over my schedule. 2. I know what my next day trip will be because I chose to work it. 3. It eliminates scheduling calling me in the middle of the night. These trips are given to FA’s in seniority order so I may not get the specific trip but I always try this option first.

Standby duty: if I can’t get a specific trip than I bid for airport standby as my secondary option. This is where I show up at the airport and hangout for 6 hours. During that time if there is any crew issues and someone isn’t able to make the flight than I’d be used to replace that FA. You’re usually assigned a flight within 30 minutes to departure time. So standbys are used as a very last resort. I chose this because it’s less likely to actually get assigned a trip. Again, I bid for this option the day prior to a reserve day so I know what I’m doing. This way I can figure out and make arrangements for babysitting.

Remain on call: this is my last option (hopefully option 1 and 2 work so I never have to use this) but this is basically where I’m at home going about my day and scheduling can call me for a trip within 3 hours once I’m notified. I hate this option because I never know when I’m going to get a call. I could be grocery shopping and I’d need to stop and head to the airport. This option is especially hard with babysitting. Family members babysit when my husband and I can’t be home so I always feel bad asking them to stop their plans to help watch the baby. Its like they’re on reserve too! On days where I’m just waiting around I usually go to a family members house so it’s easier on them. No driving necessary for them. I try to make it as easy and convenient as possible (even if that means it’s more inconvenient for me).

That’s my intended plan on sieving this months reserve. If all goes right I’m hoping we won’t have to rely on babysitters. Stay tuned for updates as to how my plan is working out!

Do-It-Yourself Personalized Baby Onesies

ALL THINGS BABY, DIY Baby Projects

So ever since having my little one I’ve been completely obsessed with making personalized baby onesies. Making munchkin sizes are so much easier because you can actually complete the project in a timely matter. For example, I completed the below baby onesies for our dear friends baby shower in less than 30 minutes.

To create your own baby onesie you’ll need the following:
1. A cutting machine: I use the Silhouette Cameo!
2. Iron on vinyl: I use the Cricut Iron-on Vinyl and I purchase it from either Michael’s or Joann’s.
3. Baby attire: For this particular project I went to Target and purchased the Just One You by Carters Baby Boy 3pk

I then created the design in Silhouette Studio. Since the couple hasn’t announced the baby name, I chose Baby Flor, the last name. Once you’ve created the design you’re going to flip the design so when we iron on the design it’ll be facing the correct way.

For my cut settings I used Vinyl, Glossy and Speed 3 because my blade is very dull and I need to replace it.

Once the design is cut, weed all the excess vinyl (the parts you don’t want to iron on). You should get something like this:

Then take your iron and put it on cotton no steam setting, iron on the vinyl for approximately 30 seconds with medium pressure. I apply the iron in circular motions so that I’m not melting the material. Honestly, I’m not sure if that’s even possible but I feel like it could so I’m constantly moving the iron.

And tada! You’ve created a custom made, personalized baby onesie!

If you love this design but not up to making it yourself, you can head over to Mariesah Mina Design and purchase a onesie for the little one in your life. You can also shop my Instagram @mariesahminadesign