Re: travel with (distractable) baby...
i flew with DS at 10 weeks and it was fabulous. we had both mostly figured things out, and he was calm and in wonder at the new htings he was seeing, unless he was asleept.
get a carrier - i didn't have to take DS out last time through security, they just swabbed my hands and patted down the outside of hte carrier - and nurse as much as you can on the plane. DS slept through one entire landing, layover wiht lunch, boarding and takeoff!! oh and get a window seat so you can stand and bounce when you need to, and wear bottoms you can pee in without disturbing the carrier/baby.
Nursing, pumping, cloth-diapering, babywearing, working professor mama with the awesomest SAHD ever.