Welcoming a new baby is always a reason to celebrate, but that celebration was made even sweeter for first-time parents, Dustin and Caren Moore.
The California couple was traveling home on a Southwest flight with their adopted newborn daughter when they were treated to an impromptu baby shower.
Dustin shared the entire experience last week in a now-viral Twitter thread, in which he detailed the kindness shown to his family.
It’s been a difficult week.
But, rather than publicly air my grievances, I’d like to share w/ you the kindness strangers offered us the day we brought our daughter home.
I hope our story uplifts you, and reminds you there is goodness to be had in this world.
A thread… /1
— Dustin Moore, MS, RD (@theamericanrd) February 9, 2020
“It’s been a difficult week. But, rather than publicly air my grievances, I’d like to share w/ you the kindness strangers offered us the day we brought our daughter home,” he wrote. “I hope our story uplifts you, and reminds you there is goodness to be had in this world.”
On Nov. 8, 2019, the Moores were flying home to California from Colorado. After 9 years of trying to get pregnant, the couple were finally first-time parents.
“Parents who after 9 years of trying had been blessed with their first child,” he said, explaining the tender state of their emotions throughout the flight. “Parents who felt scared, but determined in their new role.”
When their daughter woke up mid-flight in need of a diaper change, Dustin said a flight attendant named Jenny cleared space toward the back of the plane to give them some privacy.
“After a change, Jenny and another passenger complimented my beautiful daughter and politely asked what had prompted a flight with such a young infant. I gave them the shortened adoption story, to which they hastily offered congratulations, and shared a few more kind remarks,” he wrote.
A few minutes later, another flight attendant named Bobby came by and asked about their daughter. Dustin again obliged and shared a few details of their adoption story.
“Then, we heard the intercom,” he wrote. “The attendant Bobby came on and announced a special guest on the flight. Our daughter. ‘She’s just been adopted by her parents Caren and Dustin, and is making her way home.'”
The entire cabin erupted in cheers and applause.