We completed our SIXTH 10+ hour flight across the ocean between China and America. Pretty crazy how far we've flown in the past two years... And this one took place exactly 2 years and a day from our first one. Pretty cool.
We learned our lesson and got to the airport quite a bit earlier than needed, allowing us time to relax. And to make things even better, this time we were going to Seattle, with a flight time of just 10 hours 40 minutes (instead of 14 hours). And to make things spectacular, just one row up from our 3 seats in the middle there happened to be 2 empty seats. And the flight attendant gave them to me because I had a baby! So Hadassah had an extra seat to lay on, and Ellie (who was traveling "infant in arms") got a seat to lay down on. It made a huge difference!
As for us, in the snippets of children sleeping, I got in one 2 hour movie in the 10 hours of flight. ;)
Finally, after a short 30 minute flight from Atlanta to Montgomery, Hadassah got the moment she'd been waiting for. Suddenly 21 hours of travel time was worth it in the joy in her run...
...and the light in her eyes as she hugged her Grandpa tight.
And, though the airline lost one of our bags so we had to stay and fill out paperwork and not get home 'til nearly Midnight the new time, we had energy and joy. Amazing how the body can still function on 30+ hours of no sleep. But Hadassah incredibly slept 7 hours straight that night, though Ellie was up every 2-3 hours.
Though sometimes I do question myself by the 70th hour with only 7 hours of total (interrupted) sleep in that whole span... Though the next post will be about the crazy, not to be repeated thing that seemed to cure jet lag this time around...