Finally home with Mia
Our journey home began by taking a very scary van ride from Guangzhou to Hong Kong. I really thought we weren’t going to make it. The typhoon was coming through and the driver was texting and driving like he was a race car driver. Mia cried a lot of the way because she was so tired. Then right before we got there, she had a terrible poopy diaper and it stunk so bad. Craig and I could just laugh. I am sure the van driver was very ready to get rid of us J Once we arrived in Hong Kong we had about 3 hours until our plane took off so we ate, looked around and chased Mia. I really thought since it was bedtime she would sleep however she had very different plans. We had a 3 hour flight to Seoul, Korea and Mia did ok. Once we got to Korea we had a 5 hour layover. I had really dreaded this but Mia slept most of the time and we got some naps in to. Nothing like sleeping on chairs in the middle of the airport but hey – it worked! We boarded our last flight for home- a little over 13 hours. Our tickets were not together. We had one ticket by the bassinet and another ticket a couple of seats over. The ones by the bassinet are better because you have more leg room. Once we got seated I asked the girl sitting next to Craig and Mia if she would trade. She did and I am certain she was happy about that trade once the flight started J! Mia did really good for the first 9 hours- slept 2 of those so we were able to sleep a little too. There was another baby right next to us so in 3 seats were 3 adults and 2 babies. Thank goodness for the bassinets. Mia really liked it at first- even cried when we couldn’t put her in it b/c the seatbelt signs were on. But then the last 5 hours came. Nothing made her happy. She would not sleep. She was everywhere. We walked her a lot and met some very nice people on the plane! The flight attendants were nice to come and talk to her to try to keep her occupied but this baby was beyond tired. She just didn’t know what to do. We were SOOO happy to land in Atlanta a few minutes early. We were done with our 31 hours of travel – only 2 left headed to Chattanooga. We quickly got through customs and got our bags. Mia was screaming. Our friend Justin picked us up and we were headed home. This was Mia’s first time in a car seat- she wasn’t too happy but we made it home. We arrived to my mom, Uncle Kerry Lee, Craig’s parents and Kara, Morgan and Emory. Mia was so excited. She ran from toy to toy and would only let the men hold her. She has always liked for Craig to hold her more, so when we came in she immediately let the men hold her. Nana and Nanny were a little sad – I don’t think they were able to hold her once. She was busy. The boys loved her. Wyatt really surprised me. He was so funny. I thought he would not have much to do with her since in the past he said he was going to put mud on her and would not pray for her, but as soon as she came in he started playing with her. He has been trying to give her the bottle but she likes to do things herself and just gets mad at him. He even wiped her yucky nose!
That night we put Mia to bed at 6:15 and she slept straight through until 9:45!!! That is 15 and a half hours! I was able to sleep from 8-6 which is pretty good. I hope that since we had no sleep for 2 days jet lag won’t be a problem!! Today, we let her play outside and went for a walk and she loved it. I had planned to take the boys to the Shrek play which I thought they would be so excited about, but when I mentioned it they were so sad because they wanted to stay and play with Mia. (I think they like her toys better than she does!) When I told them she would be napping they quickly changed their minds J!
We are so glad to be home with home cooking- thanks to nana nanny and Kara we haven’t had to cook but have been eating very good. Also thanks to Haven and Ria for cleaning our house while we were gone. Do you know how great it is to come home to a super clean house?!! And thanks to our neighbors who kept our dog and mowed our yard! We have been so blessed to have so many wonderful friends!
Even though I am so thankful to be back home and don’t want to travel back to China for a very long time there are some things that I miss: the very firm beds- might need to make a mattress change soon, the all you can eat yummy breakfast buffet, having my room cleaned everyday- I don’t think my house will ever be clean again with 3 kids, having time for a nap everyday because there was nothing else that I needed to be doing!
Thank you for being a part of our wonderful journey to get Mia! She is such a blessing to our family and we are so happy we finally have her! We appreciate everyone’s prayers and support through this very long process! Now starts a new journey with raising 3 wonderful children!