Baby’s Big Blue Eyes Make a Traveler Blue

October 28, 2010

in Baby & Kid Stories

Here’s a different kind of kid story…

On August 2, 2008 I had to fly from Houston to Milwaukee for work. While boarding the plane, there was a family with two small children and a newborn baby. Like most travelers, I hoped the children were going to be well-behaved on the five hour flight.

The plane we were on was one of those flying lawn mower prop jobs. There was only room for three seats per aisle. One side of the aisle had two seats and the other side had the third.

The family ended up being seating very close to me. Dad and one of the boys across the aisle, the other boy sat with his mom in the row ahead of them. Mom held the baby during the flight. She was kitty corner to my seat.

The behavior of these children was impeccable. The parents did a great job of making sure they had plenty of things to do and keeping them entertained. The baby did not make a peep during the entire flight.

Here’s where the hell part comes in…

Mom was holding the baby over her left shoulder. So unless I looked out the window the entire time, I basically had to look right into these big blue eyes. You’re probably wondering what’s so hellish about that.

Two months earlier on May 30, 2008 I gave my three-day old daughter to her adoptive parents. She had the same big blue eyes as this baby that I was now sitting behind.

The man sitting across from mom asked how old the baby was. She said he was five weeks. He’s three weeks younger than my daughter. During the first few months all babies look alike regardless of gender. They’re small, bald, kinda wrinkly, slobbery.

The hell part was trying to make it through a five hour flight without breaking out in Blubberfest ’08. Every time I looked at that baby, I saw my own child that I had given to someone else. I tried to spend as much time as I could sleeping so I wouldn’t freak out the other passengers. I’m sure that poor kid was wondering why I kept staring at him.

I guess I just miss my Bunkie.

{ 28 comments… read them below or add one }

Grace October 28, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Wow, that must have been tough for you.

I am not sure I could have done either thing, putting my child up for adoption or holding it together in a little plane with a baby looking at you.

Very Brave!


Peace Lover October 28, 2010 at 11:25 pm

That's so sad. Perhaps this person was another victim of those corrupt CPA agencies. The bond between a parent and child is unbreakable.


Hugh October 28, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Why in the HELL would you say that??? There was NOTHING in this post which even slightly insinuated that the OP was the victim of ANY corrupt practices. You really have some serious issues.


Dina November 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm



The OP March 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Nope, no victims here.



Stephanie October 29, 2010 at 2:24 am

My heart goes out to you. That must've been unbearable to sit that time looking at a lovely cooing baby.

Kudos to you though for choosing adoption (it sounded like a choice in the post – if it wasn't your choice I'm sorry).


rerere October 29, 2010 at 10:06 am

I smell a liar. Prop planes have either 1 seat on one side and 2 on the other, or 2 on both sides. Either the OP dosen't know anything about aircraft, or we have some problems.


Karl October 29, 2010 at 12:06 pm

Idiot, read that post again: It had 2 seats on one side and one on the other side. I flew some of those planes and I should know.


rerere October 29, 2010 at 3:44 pm

Sorry, Sorry Geez. Saw three seats and thought it meant three seats on each side of the aisle. My bad.


Adoptive Mom October 29, 2010 at 12:57 pm

I wish every birth Mother could understand the love and gratitude we feel for you every time we look at our children. I'm not your baby's adopted Mom but I have two adopted children and I thank their birth Mother every single day that she made such a selfless choice.


another mama April 10, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Yes!!! Every night we thank God for son's birthmom!


jay October 30, 2010 at 6:41 am

This sounds fake. A prop plane from houston to milwaukee? What airline flies a turbo prop on this route? And since when does it take five hours to make this flight. This a three to three and half hour flight tops on a jet since any large airline would only fly this route with jets (i.e crj or erj but most likely a 737 or md 80) This story is b.s.


The OP March 4, 2011 at 6:52 pm

I was expecting a 737 at least. Imagine my shock when I look out the window and see this flying lawnmower at the end of the jet way. Houston to Milwaukee in this? Who are they kidding?



david October 31, 2010 at 10:10 am

the only planes that go from houston to milwaukee are ERJ's


osyluth November 1, 2010 at 2:09 am

I'm crying now.


Dina November 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm

*hugs* to you.


Peace Lover November 2, 2010 at 2:46 am

"Heaven's gift to me just the way you are,

A new aged child from a distant star.

It feels so good just to be

So close to your love. You are heaven's gift to me.

You are so sweet and pure just the way you are.

Mama's precious jewel. Daddy's rising star.

There's so much in life for you to see.

And so much to be. You are Heaven's gift to me.

La la la la la la, la la la la la,

La la la la la la la, la la la la la la la,

La la la la la, la la la la,

La la la la la, la la la la la la la

Heaven's gift to me just the way you are,

A new aged child always in my heart.

There's so much in life for you to be,

And so much to see. You are heaven's gift to me.

La la la la la la, la la la la la,

La la la la la, la la la la la,

La la la la la la, la la la la la,

La la la la la, la la la la la la la.

La la la la la la, la la la la la,

La la la la la la la, la la la la la la,

There's so much in life for you to see,

And so much to be. You are heaven's gift to me"


Jodi November 2, 2010 at 6:27 am

Is it just me or does peacelover come off as callous?? You would think he'd be more caring… oh well.


Max November 3, 2010 at 5:51 pm

Yeah, it's a little, "You made a post about how upset the sight of a baby that reminds you of your daughter makes you, so I'm gonna post the lyrics of a song about a parent's undying love for their child."

Callous indeed.


The OP March 4, 2011 at 8:30 pm

I'm not too worried about rude comments. I'd probably think that about myself too. I was just all hormonal & stuff.



Troy November 3, 2010 at 9:29 pm

At least the little baby in front of you wasn't the exact same one you gave for adoption. Now imagine discovering that and the plane had already departed the gate.


The OP March 4, 2011 at 6:50 pm

That would've been depressing. I know which city she lives in and I'm sure I've passed her family on the highway.



Adam McLemore November 3, 2010 at 10:07 pm

Hate to be the one that picks apart these stories, but…. which airline flies turboprops on five hour flights between IAH/HOU, and MKE? Never heard of such a thing! Even turboprops hit close to 300 MPH at cruise altitude, and Houston to MKE is only 895 miles direct. So, at 300 MPH over five hours, that's 1,500 miles. 600 miles further than the actual flight would be. The smallest plane flying that route for an airline would be an RJ, and that would take about 2 hours.


Phil December 1, 2010 at 9:19 am

Tough cookies!!! YOU are the one that gave your baby up! YOU are the one that got pregnant when you couldn't afford , either economically, emotionally, or legally, afford to. YOU are the one that decided to give the baby up! So to YOU and all the rest of the bleeding hearts here I say TOUGH COOKIES! No sympathy. In fact I hope you have to look at eyes like that on EVERY flight you take! Self-centered idiot!


au over ga December 1, 2010 at 10:17 am

Phil, u r an f'in Dick… if you really feel this way you should leave our great country and never go back… you sound French or worse anyways.


Adoptive mom April 10, 2011 at 11:14 pm

You are ignorant beyond words. Self-centered is the LAST thing OP is! When people ask me how my son's birthmom could have given him up, I tell them I don't know — I can't imagine the kind of love it takes.


Max December 1, 2010 at 10:28 am

He's sounds French? That's not stereotypical at all.


The OP March 4, 2011 at 6:36 pm

1. I never asked for sympathy. In fact looking back on the situation makes me laugh.
2. Continental flies crappy little props from Houston to Milwaukee
3. My child is doing very well and is very happy. I get to see pictures.



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