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Pregnant Mom Flying Alone Captures Moment Fussy 1-Year-Old Passes Out in Stranger's Arms


A pregnant mother from Mississippi is searching for a couple from Buffalo, New York, who calmed her cranky toddler during a recent flight.

Jessica Knapp, from Long Beach, Mississippi, said she was dreading boarding the plane with her 1-year-old son.

But the couple who sat down next to Knapp ended up relieving all of her anxieties and burdens with their joyful, kind demeanor.

Now, Knapp is trying to find the couple so she can give them a heartfelt word of thanks.

“These past 3 weeks were the most stressful time,” Knapp wrote on Facebook.

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“I was NOT looking forward to flying with a one year old again, while five months pregnant, completely alone.”

While many passengers would find sitting next to a 1-year-old to be inconvenient and annoying, Kevin and Lisa didn’t mind at all.

The couple welcomed Knapp’s son into their arms and delighted in showing him the exciting lights and happenings outside the plane before takeoff.

Knapp, weary and eager for a break, watched with amazement as her son made some unexpected friends.

Like many toddlers, Knapp’s son doesn’t normally like strangers. But the tot found himself so comfortable around Lisa and Kevin that he actually fell asleep before the plane even left the runway.

“When he crawled over me while everyone was still boarding to look out the window, you didn’t hesitate to show him all the lights outside,” Knapp wrote. “You made him laugh, you made him feel so safe in your arm that he fell asleep!”

As the child slept, Knapp found herself able to relax. She was able to open up to the couple, laughing and talking as if they were old pals.

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“You held him until he woke up, I think from us laughing so hard,” Knapp wrote. “We talked for hours. About life, our jobs, being a mom, traveling.”

Knapp doesn’t know the couple’s last name or how to contact them, but she hopes her story will reach their ears.

“You made the most dreaded flight become one memory that will last a lifetime,” Knapp wrote.

“I didn’t catch your last name, and I really would like to say thank you for restoring my faith in humanity just when we needed it most.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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