We are finally home and it was quite a trip! It started off well with Mia Jade sleeping during half of the van trip (3 1/2 hour drive), was up playing during the layover in Hong Kong then slept most of the first flight (which left just after midnight). She was up again during layover in Seoul so I figured we were in great shape for her to sleep on the long flight. Wrong! She actually did settle down and fell asleep in the bassinet early in the flight but within a few minutes the captain announced some turbulence and turned on the seatbelt sign. Unfortunately that also meant that the babies in the bassinet had to be moved to the lap. That was it, she woke up. A little later on she dozed off in my lap, I went to put her in the bassinet, again, awake. This time she was awake for the next 10 hours of the flight. She was happy mostly but did not want to sit still. She wanted to be up in my lap, down on the floor, walking around, anything but sleep. Of course she fell asleep finally with an hour to go. I was totally exhausted by this point. It was a long flight but we made it through. And by the way, Korean Air is awesome and the bassinet seats are the best!
One really funny side note to our travels is that we meet a couple of men getting on the same flight in Atlanta to Seoul when we were going to China. We spent time talking to them and on the flight and hit it off. They were from Key West and were going to Thailand on their travels. We told them all about Mia Jade and the purpose of our trip. They were super excited for us. Well, fast forward a couple weeks and as we were waiting in Seoul for the return flight, they showed up on their way home as well on the same flight! They were so excited to meet Mia Jade. Their company made the 5 hour layover much more entertaining. They told us all about their trip and showed us some very cool photos!
When we finally landed in Atlanta, Mia Jade went through immigration and legally became an American citizen! How cool is that! Being back in the US was such a comforting feeling even if it was the Atlanta airport. It was so strange to think we were there just over two and a half weeks ago and now my life would never be the same. I had Mia Jade now, which was the obvious part but having been in China was a life changer as well. I really loved China and I know I will fall more in love with it as I have time to reflect on it later. I also knew home was so close and being in Atlanta again was a great feeling, even if it was the airport! The last leg of our travels was Atlanta to Jacksonville and I was happy that it was a quick little flight. Of course she slept for that flight! During the layover, I got her cleaned up and changed and ready to meet her family!
When we arrived to Jacksonville, it was such a relief. We were slightly delayed at the gate because the stroller was suppose to be there but they had stuck it down below with the luggage. So I had to carry Mia and my carry-on's making our reunion a few minutes delayed but when I rounded the corner and saw Mike and Zane and the rest of my family, no words can express my joy. Finally together. Finally a family of four. Finally. I strange feeling of closure to a long journey, China and 'the wait', and the beginning of a new wonderful chapter in our lives.
|Zane patiently waiting|
|Mike & Zane|
|Meet Mia Jade|
|So happy to have my boy back in my arms!|
|First time sharing....will it be the last?!|
|My awesome sister-in-law.|