Job Update

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It’s been a crazy year for Flight Attendants regardless of which company you’re working for. Policies have changed, flight loads have lightened, limited routes and more. Because of all these changes and my personal and family lifestyle, I’ve made the decision to resign from my position as flight attendant.

This was not an easy choice and it’s honestly been something I’ve been pondering before the pandemic even hit. I loved my job but ultimately it came down to wanting to stay home and care for my children more.

After 8 years of working for my airline I feel I’ve visited many awesome places and made lots of new friends so I don’t feel any regret or remorse giving up my career to focus on my family. Sometimes people just outgrow their current position/situation and want to go in a different direction. For me that’s my children.

Now just because I no longer have flight benefits doesn’t mean I won’t be sharing travel tips, tricks, and cool destinations. As a family we still plan on doing fun destination vacations (once the pandemic is more under control) but for now we’re going to be playing tourist in our new state of Florida.

I want to say good luck and stay positive to all my fellow flight attendants and travel enthusiasts who come across my blog. This pandemic won’t last forever and the world of travel that we’re use to will soon return. I’ll miss you all but I’ll see you 34,000ft above me from the ground!

Koala Kloud Inflatable Footrest | Review

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When I was planning our cross country move which required air travel I wanted something to make my children more comfortable. I came across the Koala Kloud Inflatable Footrest and decided to give it a try.

I bought two (one for each kid) but I ended up only using one. Each cost approximately

Cross Country Move pt. III | making the move

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We made it! And it was definitely quite the trip. Let’s start with my travel experience with the kids…

A few days before our flight I started to get really stressed about traveling by myself with two kids. Thankfully my flight wasn’t full because I ended up buying my mom a ticket and she traveled with us and stayed in Florida for 10 days to help us get settled. Thankful she was with us because my husbands trip didn’t turn out as planned. More to come on that.

As for the “airplane port”

Cross Country Move pt. II | Packing for the Airplane

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This is part 2 of packing and moving cross country with two children. Today I’m sharing how I’m preparing for the airport with my two kids.

ITEMS TO BE CHECKED:

  • One large suitcase less than 50lbs
  • Two car seats

CARRY ON ITEMS:

  • Diaper bag with the following: diapers, wipes, sanitizing wipes, infant toys, snacks, non-spill cups, iPad, travel documents, wallet, chargers, AirPods, change of baby clothes, baby blankets
  • 2x Koala Kloud Airplane Footrest, Inflatable Pillow for Kids Travel. I’m clipping these onto the diaper bag
  • Toddler backpack with the following: no mess coloring book and markers, 3 favorite non-noisy toys, kindle, headphones

Now you’re probably thinking ‘what about a stroller?’ well I’m actually bringing a wagon! We have this wagon from Costco and as long as the wagon folds it can be checked at the gate before boarding the plane. This is going to make traveling (hopefully) 10x easier with both kids.

Click the follow button to be the first to know when part 3 comes out. I’ll also be doing a review on the Koala Kloud Airplane Footrest, Inflatable Pillow.

New Base Assignment | Moving Update

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Less than a week ago I was given the opportunity to bid for my new flight attendant base. Today it’s official, I’ll be based in Florida! I’m currently still living in California but we’re planning on making the move in the next two weeks.

Flight Attendant & Pregnancy | Update

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It’s been over a one month since my first post about being pregnant and working as a Flight Attendant so I thought it would be a good time to give an update on what’s been going on.

I am now 30 weeks pregnant and am now on state disability due to the coronavirus, COVID-19 outbreak. My doctor no longer finds it safe for me to be flying with the unknown of the effects on pregnant women on their unborn child(ren).

With that being said, I’m grateful to be home but with “shelter-in-place” I’m starting to go stir crazy in our one bedroom apartment. I didn’t realize how often I go outside with my little one. I have can’t leave the house because it’s not worth the risk but at the same time I’m desperate for some fresh air. But I’m thankful for mine and my family’s health and I hope this crazy pandemic ends soon for everyone.

The aviation industry is particularly struggling with this COVID-19 virus. Most airlines are operating at the bare minimum and some are even furloughing their flight attendants due to closing bases because they can’t afford to keep their employees. I selfishly feel safe at the current moment only because I’m on state disability but what’s going to happen when I return from my leave? Everything is so uncertain at this time. All we can do is stick together and do what we can to keep our jobs as essential workers.

To all my aviation workers, stay safe, stay healthy, stay positive. I’m thinking of you!

Aviation and pregnancy updates coming soon.

Flight Attendant & Pregnancy

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Being a flight attendant and being pregnant are both challenging but when you’re both at the same time you can imagine how one can impact the other.

For this post I’m going to share my experience as a pregnant flight attendant but please note that my experience could and most likely is completely different from someone else’s experience.

I am currently 23 weeks pregnant and for the most part I’m feeling ok. Back pain is starting to occur and I’ve had some slight cramping from what my doctor says is from my round ligaments not getting proper time to rest due to the nature of my job and caring for a 22 month old. Everything is safe and healthy, just uncomfortable and annoying especially when I’m working.

When it comes to performing the essential job functions I would say certain FA work positions are more challenging than the others. For me, it’s easiest if I’m one of the aisle FA’s meaning I’m the one in the aisle helping during boarding instead of being in the front or back of the plane setting up the galley’s. Galley positions are more physically demanding with lifting and bending more often so it’s more of a challenge for me. My belly still isn’t huge so I’m not exactly in the way when I’m in the aisle assisting with boarding yet.

I won’t lie when I say I’m exhausted by the end of he day even if I’m only doing 1-2 legs. Something about the higher altitude and just being on my feet for long periods of time makes me tired (or maybe I’m just out of shape).

I’ve spoken to my doctor about going out early for California State disability but since I’m healthy and no medical issues there isn’t a reason for me to be put on disability. At first I was upset because flying is tough on the body even if you aren’t pregnant so I was frustrated and felt like she didn’t understand the demands of my job, but after a day to stew, I’m actually very grateful that my baby and me are healthy. I feel fine as of now to continue working but it’s okay to fly (according to my doctor) up until 36 weeks. I honestly don’t think I’ll make it that far but we’ll see.

Now for those who have had miscarriages in the past or other medical challenges that put you in a high risk pregnancy I would definitely express your concerns to your doctor about going on disability/leave early, especially in the first trimester. I personally don’t have any experience but I’ve read and met enough women who said that flying increases the risk of miscarriage in the first trimester. So please do what you feel is best for yourself and your unborn child. Only you know what feels best, follow your intuitions.

I’ll be back with updates and let you all know how this whole experience is going.

Fly safe everyone!

Philadelphia Layover

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I was fortunate enough to have not one, but two long Philadelphia layovers this month. There was so much to see and do, so much history to take in that I feel I only got a sliver of it done.

Nonetheless, this is a beautiful city and here’s what I was able to accomplish:

View from my hotel room. Isn’t it stunning?!

First up was the liberty bell. I’ve been to Philly before so I didn’t feel the need to go inside to get a look at the liberty bell but I still wanted to take a glance. It’s located in the independence national historic park. If you’re looking at the liberty bell from the front, behind it is a clear view of independence all.

Then when you’re feeling hungry, you need to go to Reading terminal market to fill all of your cravings.

Old city coffee, Beiler’s, By George, and Iovine juice are my favorites thus far.

There’s so much to see and do that I’m hoping I’ll get another long layover so I can continue my adventuring of this wonderful city.