Normally, when you're alerted to the presence of an infant aboard a plane, you cringe and pray to the powers that be that it'll stay asleep. But on a recent Southwest flight, brand new parents Dustin and Caren Moore were met with an exceedingly positive reaction on their way back from picking up their newly-adopted 8-week-old daughter.
In speaking with POPSUGAR, Dustin briefly explained the difficulties of the couple's fertility journey over the last nine years and the overwhelming relief and joy of their baby joining them.
"The first time I held my daughter? It's hard to explain, but it almost felt like I was reunited with someone I loved deeply but hadn't seen in a long time. I was listening outside the room when she was born, and the minute I heard her cries, I started crying, thinking to myself: 'That's her! That's my daughter,'" the new dad shared. "I held her, all I could do was keep whispering her name and saying hello, holding her close. I felt incredibly peaceful, joyful all at once."
What made the occasion all the more special was the couple's reception on their flight. Upon learning that they were bringing their new daughter home, married flight attendants Jenny and Bobby put together an impromptu celebration of family and parenting mid-flight between Colorado and the Moores' home in California.
Messages from their fellow passengers advised the Moores of everything from putting each other first to cherishing their time with their little one. When all was said and done, dozens of words of encouragement were gathered up for them to keep.
Dustin shared a photo of an album they created with all their handwritten napkin notes and expressed how that moment of kindness, especially to overwhelmed, scared new parents, sticks with him.
Excuse me while I sob into my hands and call my parents.
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