Messages filled with well wishes and advice were jotted on napkins, some read aloud on the intercom by a Southwest flight attendant, as Dustin and Caren Moore cradled their newly adopted eight-day-old baby en route to Long Beach Airport.
The story of the Buena Park couple’s impromptu in-flight baby shower – which happened last November but was shared on social media this week – has gone viral, people cooing about how strangers added to this family’s special moment while they soared across the sky.
Dustin and Caren Moore, of Buena Park, were given an impromptu, in-flight baby shower while bringing their adopted baby home from Colorado, a story that has spread this week since he posted it on social media. (Photo courtesy of Dustin Moore)Above and beyond
Dustin Moore has been on those flights — you know, the ones with the baby screaming and the passengers nearby rolling their eyes.
For nine years they had tried for a baby, with multiple miscarriages along the way. After going through the adoption process, they were able to bring their baby (whose name they are not sharing publicly because they are still in the adoption process) to her new Orange County home.
Even before getting on the flight, everyone was being especially nice to the family, Moore said. “It felt like we were being watched over, so many people were going out of their way to assist us,” he said.
The baby slept, for the most part, but then started to fuss when she needed a diaper change.
“After inquiring about space for a table change, a thoughtful flight attendant (named Jenny) cleared a space in the back of the plane and gave us privacy,” Moore detailed on Twitter in a post dated Feb. 9. “After a change, Jenny and another passenger complimented my beautiful daughter and politely asked what had prompted a flight with such a young infant.”
“As long as they don’t say, ‘We’re going to die,’ you don’t really pay attention,” he said with a chuckle.
Dustin and Caren Moore, of Buena Park, were given an impromptu, in-flight baby shower while bringing their adopted baby home from Colorado, a story that has spread this week since he posted it on social media. (Photo courtesy of Dustin Moore)
“We exchanged glances, like ‘are you hearing this too’?” Moore recalled. “He talked about passing around napkins and pens. From there, that’s how it steamrolled with everyone cheering and whistling and excited.”
It’s hard to find words for moments like this, he said. It was more than going “above and beyond.”
“We sat in speechless gratitude, as people kept peeking over their chairs to congratulate us,” his Twitter story reads. “The crew gathered the napkins, then read a few of their favorites over the intercom.”
Among the 60 or so napkins there was advice such as to rub the baby’s feet and warnings about how fast childhood goes. The messages have since been compiled into a scrapbook.
It was one of the last messages the couple read that stuck with them the most.
“A person who said 64 years ago they had been adopted too, and their life was better because of it and God bless us for the decision we made,” Moore said. “We didn’t have doubt about adopting, it didn’t matter what people said – we were going to raise her and teach her to be good and be a good person. (But) it was like glimpsing into the future.”
It’s been a difficult week.
A thread… /1
— Dustin Moore, MS, RD (@theamericanrd) February 9, 2020Southwest family
Moore started the Twitter thread with the words: “It’s been a difficult week.”
“I was furious with someone who said something to one of my students,” said Moore, who is a doctoral student in public health and disease prevention at UC Irvine, as well as a teacher at Cal State Long Beach who specializes in food and nutrition.
He considered posting about what upset him, to vent about it online. But instead, he wrote about this positive experience months ago to help inspire others who might be having a bad day.
“This came up and felt like a good time,” Moore said. “Maybe I had a friend or two who was having a bad week, too.”
They had so much to be happy about, after all.
“She’s a good baby. When she wants love she lets you know … she likes to smile and she’s getting into waving her arms. She’s very expressive,” the proud father said Thursday. “(Parenthood) is the best job I’ve ever had in my life. It’s challenging with everything else, work and school. This little one is at the top of the list — any bad day is made better with her around.”
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“Our people are our best assets, and it is evident in the kindness and heart that our crew showed to these customers during a special time in their lives,” wrote Derek K. Hubbard, Southwest’s Sr. Specialist for External Communications. “We join in the new parents’ joy and wish them a lifetime of love and baby snuggles.”
Moore said his expectations for flights have always been pretty low.
“I’ve had a couple bad flights,” he said. “Get me to and from a destination without crashing and I’ll be happy. With things that happen on airline flights — there’s thousands of flights that happen all day — we often think of things that go bad.”
He said he posted about the experience thinking only a few friends might read it and has been overwhelmed as the story spread after the Washington Post wrote about it.
And when they go on their next adventure with their baby in tow, they know how they’ll be traveling.
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