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Great News from Alaska Airlines!

12 May 2017

Allen and I have flown on Alaska Airlines quite a bit in the past because we live on the west coat and travel quite often up north and since we’ve only had good experiences on their flights, we decided book our flights with them when we took Joey on her first airplane ride when she was around 6 months old to Portland. We were really nervous about how she would do on the plane as any first time parent would. We had heard that it was best to take babies on plane trips from age 4 months to 6 months because they would most likely just sleep through the plane ride but the only time Allen got off work was when she was 6 months old so we decided to try it out. Turns out she’s born to fly! Alaska was so great about accommodating us with getting us on the plane first to unload and get ready. I nursed Joey during take off so that her ears wouldn’t pop with the altitude change and then she slept pretty much the whole way to Portland from Los Angeles. We were so happy! The plane ride back home was exactly the same way. We’ll never forget how sweet everyone was on Alaska Airlines and how quickly they offered to help us with our carry on luggage and didn’t make us feel like we had to rush.

So when Alaska Airlines contacted me to see if I would help them share about their new Elite Leave program for new parents and also dress Joey up as an Alaska Airlines pilot, I was more than happy to! Their Elite Leave lets new parents keep their elite status Mileage Plan™ benefits earned for another year. If you’re a new parent who’s a frequent flyer with Alaska Airlines, you can extend your status through the end of 2018 while you’re on parental leave! The idea first took hold when a frequent flyer reached out to Alaska because she’d just had a baby and was upset about potentially losing her MVP status. When the request made its way to Alaska’s leaders, they decided to implement this parental leave program. How awesome is that?

Here’s how it works:

  1. Email your full name, date of birth, Mileage Plan number and proof of leave to elite.flyer@alaskaair.com.
  2. Once eligibility is verified, you’ll be registered for Elite Leave for new parents.

Here’s some video of her first plane ride!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Alaska Airlines. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

Hospital Bag

6 February 2017 / 2 Comments

I thought I’d write a blog post about what I brought in my hospital bag when I was delivering Joey in hopes that it will give some of you expectant mothers a reference on what was very useful at least for me. There are many things your hospital can give you, so you don’t have to pack too much. My hospital gave me everything I needed including diapers, wipes, bed liners, witch hazel pads, and ice packs but here’s a list of things that I brought and was definitely useful.


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*A few of these images are not the exact items I brought to the hospital*

– Swaddle Blankets/Miracle Blanket:
I found our hospital blankets to be a little rough on the skin so it was helpful to have our own soft muslin swaddles
Newborn outfit:
For Joey, she came home in a beanie (by Krochet Kids), baby gloves, socks, a long-sleeved onesie and long bottoms.
– More onesies:
I brought a couple more onesies to have as a backup just in case of accidents
– A robe:
I wore this robe the entire time I was in the hospital.
Room slippers and shower slippers (if you’re planning on taking a shower at the hospital): Getting in and out of bed was so much easier having slippers. Bring something that you’re willing to throw out after you leave the hospital.
– Comfortable pajama type pants:
Comfort is key!
– Nursing top and bra:
Whoever invented these, I THANK YOU.
– Phone charger WITH A LONG CORD.
The long cord really helped as the power outlets were so far from the bed.
– Toiletries!
– Nipple balm
– “Adult diapers:”
Don’t laugh but these were awesome. It was so much easier using these rather than changing out pads frequently.

These were the items that helped me survive my stay at the hospital. I hope this list helps as you prepare for the most life-changing moment of your life!