We made it to Charlotte safe and sound and have even made their late-night news. Wade, Hayden and I were the first ones to arrive at baggage claim .. I think we were the only people out of the 20 people aboard that weren’t on connecting flights. Anyway, we noticed a camera man set up facing the baggage claim and we immediately knew they were trying to catch “evacuees.” We tried to look inconspicous and look the other way, but since we were the ONLY ones there, of course they came straight to us. I’m sure it helped that I’m pregnant and we were toting a toddler along with us.
So the lady interviewed both Wade and I. I was sweating from walking through the concourse, had no make-up on, my hair was a mess and my face was so red from embarrassment. I didn’t know what to say. She questioned us about how things were back home and how they were compared to Katrina. They mentioned my being 7 months pregnant as well as Hayden being born 6 weeks after Katrina and they even followed us out of the baggage area and filmed us meeting with Wade’s mom and getting our stuff into the car. It was extremely embarrassing. Wade is emabarrassed about his comment on the traffic … apparently, we didn’t run into ” a lick of it” on the way LOL
Anyway, I suppose they’ll put the video on their site, I’m not sure, though. I’ll post it here so you all can laugh along with us! They also got a local number where they could reach us later if they wanted to.
This the is channel we were on: http://www.wcnc.com/
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We’re at the airport right now, waiting for our flight out. Our flight leaves at 4, the plane just got here, so it shouldn’t be too much longer. We arrived at Wade’s dad’s in Kenner this morning at about 9:00 or so and hung out there until it was time to come to the airport. His dad is riding out the storm in Kenner along with Wade’s cousin and Mr. Wade’s girlfriend, Rachel. They stayed for Katrina, so I suppose they think it won’t be worse … let’s hope it isn’t.
Hayden’s been pretty good so far, a little active, but there aren’t many people here, so he can’t bother that many people. I was excited to see that the airport FINALLY got free wi-fi, but its a bit slow. We’ve been reading books and filling Hayden up with snacks. We haven’t had anything to eat except for some waffles and a hamburger patty. There are no places open and no way to get food in the airport. I’m starting to get a headache and feel nauseous … I’m praying Hayden is good on the plane. We’ve been talking to him about how exciting and special it is that he gets to sit in a car seat on the plane, so hopefully he’ll be comfy and secure and may fall asleep. I could really use the rest after being up on and off since 2:30. Every time I started to drift, Hayden would move around and wake me up again. He woke up crying at about 5:30. We thought he was having a bad dream, he kept saying something that sounded like “Mommy chase me.” Over and over again, crying. It didn’t make sense, so we thought he was still asleep. I picked him up and turned on the light, but I couldn’t calm him down. We kept saying, “chase? take? save?” … I thought maybe he had heard something on TV about the storm and was having a nightmare. Turns out, he was saying “Mommy change me,” he wanted a new pull-up … weird, but ok lol. We got him changed and he fell back asleep, but I never did.
Everyone I know is safely out of the city now, except my father-in-law and my good friend, Rebecca. Last I heard, she was stuck at the hospital … she’s a nurse. I really hope she’s able to get out, I’ve heard such scary stories about nurses having to stay through Katrina. Bec, I love you and hope you get to safety!!! Keep in touch!
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As I was laying down, trying to get Hayden to take a nap, I fully began to realize what this storm could mean for us. Even though I fully remember Katrina and the hardships it placed on a lot of my family, its a completely different feeling when its your own home, belongings and future that are at stake. Yes, it was really really hard to see my parents going through the stress of rebuilding and looking back, I wish there was more I could have done to help. Being 33 weeks pregnant when Katrina hit and then having a newborn to take care of, I know I didn’t do all I could have or should have done to help them.
At first, I was just frustrated and didn’t feel like dealing with it at all. I told Wade, lets just get what’s important and leave, I don’t feel like picking stuff up off the floor or even worrying about what will happen … that’s what we pay insurance for. But then it started to sink in that we could possibly come back to a home that isn’t liveable … and having a toddler now and there being only a handful of weeks before we have a newborn, how in the world would we handle that?? Its easy to sit here in denial … I tend to do it a lot, its how I cope with a lot of things. But I don’t think I can afford to be in denial about this hurricane. When every single computer model for the last 3 days has put it coming within some dangerous distance of our house, my parent’s house or my family in Lafayette’s house, its just too “real” to be denied.
For what its worth (and of course, its worth everything as long as everyone is safe) … my whole family is “getting out of Dodge.” My sister and her family are headed North, my parents are headed East, then North if needed and we’re headed waaaaaayyyyyy East to Charlotte. All of my extended family are heading out as well … we’ve learned our lessons from Katrina. But will we return to Katrina – like devastation?
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