We left for the airport at 6 am. The hotel had packed us breakfasts to go - banana, pear, yogurt, bottled water, hard boiled egg, ham and bread, and dim sum. Elvin walked us in and helped us to check in, and somehow got all our boarding passes for all of our flights printed for us, and checked our luggage all the way through to San Francisco! Thanks, Elvin!
The first flight went pretty well. Jack was a little fussy but not too bad. We had gate checked our stroller, then when we landed in Beijing we weren’t at a gate. We had to climb down stairs, take a shuttle bus from the plane to the terminal, then find our way to our international connection and we never did find the stroller. Amazingly, we had met a family on the flight from Guangzhou to Beijing who would also be on our Beijing to San Francisco flight, and they had to leave the secure area to get their boarding passes printed. They found their stroller, and ours! It was so nice of them to bring it to us. I wish I knew their names so I could write them a thank you note. They had adopted the most adorable little girl, and I think they told Rich that they lived in Washington state?
The stewardesses on the flight from Beijing to San Francisco were wonderful and managed to rearrange the seating so that Em and I had an empty seat between us for Jack. It was nice to not have to hold him the whole time! He slept for quite a while!
San Francisco to Austin also went pretty well - we all slept for most of the flight, Jack included! The two flight attendants were very nice and helpful.
It is so wonderful to finally be home.