We went to the mairie of the city where she was born and applied for her French passport when she was only 2 weeks old. They do not photograph newborns there since it is extremely difficult, so we had to get it done by a local photographer. We were going there anyways to take family portraits. It was ready for pick up when she was 4 weeks old.
American Airlines charged us about $170 for her to fly on my lap. They only allowed us to bring a stroller, car seat and diaper bag. No extra baggage allowance. We did not want to take our stroller or car seat, so we only had the diaper bag. I packed disposable diapers because dirty diapers would require extra space, of which I had none.
I wore her in a Moby scarf wrap. The only hassle was going through security. They had me hand her to my husband and then I walked into a glass area where a manual check was done to see if I had anything hidden in the scarf wrap. But then there was a dilemma. In order to get the baby, I had to walk back out to grab her from my husband. They could not let him walk initially through with the baby (not sure why). So I ended up walking out to get the baby from him and wait for them all to discuss how to handle me and the baby going through again.
From all the delays of the check in counter and security, we were running late. I had some empty water bottles that I wanted to fill at a water fountain before getting into the plane, but never had a chance to fill them. When we arrived close to the gate, some people ran up to us asking if we were the Le Bras family… apparently, we were the last ones to arrive.
Juliana slept most of the time on board. When she was not sleeping, she was nursing. I wore one of those shirts that conceal me when breastfeeding, so no one can actually see anything. We were very discrete. American Airlines put us in the middle aisle where there are three seats. They left one of the seats free for us, so that we could have extra space. Only if this flight would be fully booked would they let someone reserve it. Luckily for us, the flight had plenty of available seating for those booking last minute. We even got the third seat on the connection flight as well.
I nursed her at take-off and landing so that her ears would not hurt. She showed no signs of being uncomfortable. One time she did not feel like nursing, so I tried placing plastic cups over her ears (got this tip from several websites). Well that was a disaster! Juliana would not keep her head still so the cups kept sliding all over. I gave up and she did excellent without them.
She is now almost 9 weeks old and much more alert. I am sure the flight home will be an entirely different experience because we have to entertain her. ShI just hope she will be as comfortable and content as the trip to Florida!